I’m really loving this meme, I’m not sorry y’all. It is so fun, honestly. Plus talking about some of my favourites is one of my favourite things.
Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a great week! My week was…interesting. Definitely not what classes for good interesting either. But, can only hope next week will be better! How was your week?
So, what’s it about?
First Lines Fridays is a weekly — obviously — feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words where we dare to ask: What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? It is a meme that allows us to explore the world of fiction.
I myself judge books by their author, cover, and notoriety. So, seeing people do this challenge for months has had me pick up some pretty amazing books.
How it works?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be a current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t provide any other details about the book just yet — let’s see if it hooks the reader in!
- Finally…reveal the book!
Death-Cast is calling with the warning of a lifetime—I’m going to die today. Forget that, “warning” is too strong a word since warnings suggest something can be avoided, like a car honking at someone who’s crossing the street when it isn’t their light, giving them the chance to step back; this is more of a heads-up. The alert, a distinctive and endless gong, like a church bell one block away, is blasting from my phone on the other side of the room. I’m freaking out already, a hundred thoughts immediately drowning out everything around me. I bet this chaos is what a first-time skydiver feels as she’s plummeting out of a plane, or a pianist playing his first concert. Not that I will ever know for sure.
The book is They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera.
Trigger Warnings: death, anxiety
My Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: young adult, dystopia, romance, science-fiction, LGBT+
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
I don’t have too much to say about this piece of work. My best friend and I reference it constantly since we were lucky enough to read an eARC. We’ve both taken to trying to be daring (in very different ways), which we feel is the overarching message within this book. I just love it so much. Have tissues handy, my one piece of recommendation is to have tissues handy.