Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.
Here’s a book I started reading:
Until We End
By: Frankie Brown
It’s been nine months since the virus hit, killing almost everyone it touched. Seventeen-year-old Cora and her little brother, Coby, haven’t left home since. Not after the power cut out; not even after sirens faded in the distance and the world outside their backyard fence fell silent. But when a blistering drought forces Cora to go in search of water, she discovers that the post-apocalyptic world isn’t as deserted as she thought when she meets Brooks, a drop-dead sexy army deserter.
Fighting their way back home, Cora finds her house ransacked and Coby missing – kidnapped by the military for dangerous medical experiments in the name of finding a cure. Brooks knows exactly where Cora can find her brother, except he says it’s a suicide mission. Cora doesn’t care. But Brooks can’t let her go…
Here’s the first lines of the book:
Dad always knew the world was going to end.
He prepared us for it. Stockpiling food instead of getting us knew clothes, and getting me a gun instead of a car for my sweet sixteen. He called himself a prepper. Our neighbours called him crazy.
But he was right. All it took was one little virus. – 1% on my Kobo eReader
I forgot which author on my Twitter feed recommended this title but I kept it on my radar. I came across it a few weekends ago when Kobo Books was holding a massive Easter long weekend sale and decided to check it out. The premise sounded interesting and I’ve heard some good reviews about it so far. Needless to say, the opening lines definitely casts the mood and the setting for the novel, doesn’t it?
Flashback Friday is a weekly tradition started here at Bookshelf Fantasies, focusing on showing some love for the older books in our lives and on our shelves. If you’d like to join in, just pick a book published at least five years ago, post your Flashback Friday pick on your blog, and let us all know about that special book from your reading past and why it matters to you. Don’t forget to link up!
For this week’s FF, I chose a YA novel first published in 1999:
By: Edward Bloor
There’s a dark secret in fifteen-year-old Roberta Ritter’s past. Her mother was murdered years ago by an unknown killer. Now, Roberta must separate the real from the virtual as she begins her own crusade to discover the cause of a new rash of hate crimes and the truth behind her mother’s death.
I read this book shortly after it came out (it’s actually still on my shelf, lol, deep in the back with all of my Star Trek novels and other books I used to read in elementary). I think it was the first time I read a novel that had some dark undertones, especially for a YA title.
The details of the novel escape me now–though I do remember her father was more or less absent and she was friends with the owner of one of the stores in the mall–but I remember thinking how this book was unlike others I had read from the genre; Roberta’s life is pretty bleak especially after the death of her mother and found herself questioning the motives of pretty much everyone in her life. I also remember thinking how engrossing the novel was–an impressive 500+ pages at that–as was the mystery.
I also vaguely remember feeling a tad bit sceptical about the ending of the novel and whether it was plausible to do something like that for a teenager, but then thought whatever, the book was interesting anyway =P Definitely a novel that stuck around my bookshelves over the years 🙂
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And those are my two books for today’s memes! What books are you reading this Friday? Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Happy reading! 🙂