First Line Fridays: The Library at Mount Char

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What’s the first line of the closest book to you? Leave me a comment, then head over to Hoarding Books for more great lines from great authors!

“Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78,”

~Scott Hawkins, The Library at Mount Char

My first line is from The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. From the blurb on Amazon/Goodreads, this book appears to be wholly unique. It’s about a woman, who once was an ordinary American, but then her parents died and she was taken in by a man known simply as Father. She and the other inhabitants of his home spend their time in a great library studying its secrets. They speculate that Father is actually God and the library holds the truth about creation–but then Father disappears leaving the library unguarded…

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I cannot wait to dig into this one.

 

First Line Fridays

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What’s the first line of the closest book to you? Leave me a comment, then head over to Hoarding Books for more great lines from great authors!

“To put it as simply as possible: this is the story of a polygamist who has an affair.”

~Brady Udall, The Lonely Polygamist

My first line is from The Longely Polygamist by Brady Udall. It’s a New York Times Bestseller about one big dysfunctional family and its trials and tribulations. Its cast of characters features many eccentric people who, by all accounts, evoke sympathy even though their lifestyle may be far outside what most of us are familiar with. I have only read the first chapter, but am enjoying it thoroughly.

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First Line Fridays

What’s the first line of the closest book to you? Leave me a comment, then head over to Hoarding Books for more great lines from great authors!

My first line is from Matched by Ally Condie.

Now that I’ve found the way to fly, which direction should I go into the night? My wings aren’t white or feathered; they’re green, made of green silk, which shudders in the wind and bends when I move–first in a circle, then in a line, finally in a shape of my own invention. The black behind me doesn’t worry me; neither do the stars ahead.

What’s it about? 41dURop3wzL._SY346_Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


Today’s featured book was suggested by my daughter, Claire. She’s 14. I asked her a few questions:

Q. What made you want to read the book? 

A. Some friends recommended it to me. Also, it kind of reminded me of The Hunger Games, because it’s a different sort of world where something happens when you turn a certain age, and your life is totally different.

Q. The blurb on the front of the book says “Love triangle + struggle against the powers that be = perfect escape.” What did you think of the love triangle?

A. It was interesting. *blushes*

Q. Did you enjoy the book?

A. It was confusing at first, but after awhile, I got really into it. I liked it. It was kind of hard, but I’m a better reader now.


firstlinefridaysI haven’t read the book myself, but my impression from the book blurb was something like the following:

Cool, I like dystopian fiction. Oh god, another love triangle? Oh jeez. Arranged marriages?

Well, at least she’s reading.