First Lines From Histories You Don’t Know

The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Are you hooked by these first lines from histories you don’t know? Do you want to read more of these alternate histories? “As the London Divisions of the glorious troops of the Fatherland march proudly past the gauleiter’s podium, they salute the Thousand Year Reich!” the announcer intoned pompously. The Children’s War by J.N. Stroyar  August 2014 I am a good girl. It is my most defining feature. And that’s the truth.  The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew  The squalid little alley smelled of piss despite the February cold.   The Enemy Within by Kristine Kathryn Rusch It started when David came in from the lawn absolutely furious. Farthing: A Story of a World that Could Have Been (Small Change Book 1) by Jo Walton Prologue: You already know the story of the American Revolution, and the birth of the American monarchy. American Royals by Katharine McGee “Get below decks!” Colm Bohannon shouted. Angels & Patriots: Book One by Salina B Baker  Clarification There […]

From Vultures to Family It’s First Line Friday

The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. From Vultures to Family It’s First Line Friday. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines hook you? Do you want to read more? The black silhouette of a vulture circles overhead, its large dark shape contrasting with the bright afternoon sky. The Outlands by Tyler Edwards Prologue-About to Catch Fire Phillip Chestnut didn’t understand why things had started to go sideways. Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes So you’re the person responsible for the death of the number one,” the burly man in a security uniform tells me.  All the Whys of Delilah’s Demise by Neve Maslakovic When we were new, Rosa and I were mid-store, on the magazines table side, and could see through more than half the window. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro The swallows skipped like flat stones across the surface of the infinity pool, their wings spread, and a lone woman in a gauzy beach coverup—what she might have called a kaftan if that word didn’t sound so matronly—watched […]

Dystopian SF First Lines

Today’s Dystopian SF First Lines post is part of my First Lines Friday series. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Do these first lines hook you? Would you read more? A twig snaps somewhere in the woods. I shoot up from my sleeping bag and reach out in the darkness. The Burn Our Houses Down Trilogy by Kelsey D. Garmendia Bursting open, the thin, wooden door slammed against the wall and cracked in half.“Get down!” a man yelled. Prep For Doom by E.R. Arroyo, Laura Albins, Amy Bartelloni, Brea Behn, and 16 others Feet pounded across the young messenger ran as fast as his legs would take him. Legacy of Light: The Series by by M. Lynn and Michelle Bryan “What better way to destroy our enemies than to simply allow them to destroy themselves?” The Good, the Dead, and the Lawless: The Undoing by Angelique Archer Deep beneath the surface of the earth, two men stood of a dirt walkway. Virulent: The Release The Virulent […]