First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
The black ship breaks atmo like a falling star, burning up the sky.
Pressing a scanner to my eyes, I squint and adjust the settings until the ship sharpens into focus. It’s a big one, sleek and fast. Fire licks its hull as it descends, and then it passes across the great violet sun, turning to a silhouette.
Based on those first lines, it’s a very descriptive book and the author likes painting a picture in the reader’s head. For me, it might be too descriptive, but it definitely does give me a picture of what the author wants me to see.
But, it’s also a YA retelling of a very famous true story. One that I know in and out and I’m not a huge fan of people perpetuating the myth of the story. (Yes, I know it’s fiction and all that, but it still gets on my nerves.)
So, this is an Anastasia retelling. It’s very obvious to me based on the names and that people have already said that in their reviews (although, it’s not in the description). But, I love Anastasia. I’ve known her story since I was 9 and was devastated by what really happened to her and her family. Especially since all of the bodies are now accounted for.
It’s a sci-fi retelling. Definitely sparks my interest, but I have a feeling I could very strongly dislike it because I get my underwear in a twist about this stuff.
Have you read this? What did you think?
Is it on your TBR?