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? Wouldn’t it be more fair, though?

  • 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!

Standing beneath the stars in the warm night air, Nori felt almost normal. Her face and hands were healing and she’d regained most of her strength in the weeks since she’d last burned. If there’d been people in the streets around her, she could’ve been any girl, every girl.

Reveal the book!

Sunscorched by Jen Crane

Death in daylight. Danger at dark. 

Life can’t possibly get more treacherous than a violent sun allergy in a solar-blighted world. At least that’s what seventeen-year-old Nori Chisholm thought before news of an impending sunscorch delivered her death sentence. 

Desperate to survive the scorch, she’s forced to shelter underground and discovers a secret subterranean world where life is hard, and so are the people. Betrayed and left for dead by the man who pledged to help her, Nori is sold to a gritty pit fighting ring. There she makes a friend—and plenty of enemies.

Sam Cooper’s motives are at times impenetrable, but speeding through the underground world on the back of his motorcycle is a dark freedom Nori can’t live without. On the run from a group of cutthroat rogues, their escape takes an unexpected twist. A shocking discovery shatters everything they thought they knew. Can they use the knowledge to save what’s left of the world?

Title: Sunscorched | Series: Subterranean Series | Author: Jen Crane | Genre: DystopianYoung Adult | Publication Date: October 23, 2018 | LINKS: Book Depository (Affiliate)

This book is one of my best read from last year (I know I only read like 12 books, but I swear I’m not being overdramatic here). I’m a massive fan of dystopian genre and this story was truly amusing! I have no idea how many times I’ve said this, but I can totally imagine this book being adapted into a movie! That’s how good it is!

What do you think? Will you continue to read the book based on those first lines?

Do you want to feature your book in this series? Simply send me a request via e-mail with a subject ‘First Lines Fridays’. 

Image Credit: Nicole Honeywill

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