First Lines Fridays (8) – 6/4/2021

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!

Today’s First Lines:

“”Am I alive? Are you? My mother won’t answer my knocks. Her feet cast shadows in the sliver of light beneath her door. My sister’s voice, from down the hall. “Ambrose, come in here with me.” Minerva’s bed is warm, and in it I’m held. I hadn’t known I needed that so much. Once my sniffles have stopped, she whispers, “As long as I’m alive, someone loves you.””

Do you know which book this is from? Scroll down to find out!

Title: The Darkness Outside Us

Author: Eliot Schrefer

Publication Date: June 1, 2021

Goodreads Synopsis

Two boys, alone in space.

After the first settler on Titan trips her distress signal, neither remaining country on Earth can afford to scramble a rescue of its own, and so two sworn enemies are installed in the same spaceship.

Ambrose wakes up on the Coordinated Endeavor, with no memory of a launch. There’s more that doesn’t add up: Evidence indicates strangers have been on board, the ship’s operating system is voiced by his mother, and his handsome, brooding shipmate has barricaded himself away. But nothing will stop Ambrose from making his mission succeed—not when he’s rescuing his own sister.

In order to survive the ship’s secrets, Ambrose and Kodiak will need to work together and learn to trust one another… especially once they discover what they are truly up against. Love might be the only way to survive.

Thoughts & Comments

I was disappointed to miss out on the ARC for this on NetGalley. So, I decided I had to get it. I went to B&N on release day, and they didn’t have it at my store. Amazon came to the rescue with free one-day shipping, and I was able to start the book today. The beginning of this book is intriguing because of the strange formatting. I had difficulty picking out what the first lines should be because I wasn’t quite sure where the story started, and there are no chapter demarcations. It is definitely an interesting beginning, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes.

Does this book sound like something you would like? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!


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