It’s Friday again! Woop woop! I hope everyone’s been having a pretty good week- mine has been pretty decent… nothing too special, but I have been jamming out to Taylor Swift’s new album today and I made my friend Grace an amazing Spotify playlist earlier this week, so that was fun (if y’all are interested in knowing what’s on Grace’s playlist or on the birthday playlist I made Bee last week, drop me a comment and maybe I’ll make a post about them next week!)
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!
Now, onto the line!
“I didn’t want to resurrect my sister because I loved her. I didn’t want one final goodbye, to whisper words left unsaid or clear my conscience of any slights between us. I didn’t want to hear her voice day my name, Tempe, one last time.”
It’s The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte!
Here’s the summary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn’t food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister’s life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.
But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn’t want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn’t commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death and mend their broken bond. But they’re pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up–and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.
I’m in the middle of reading this book right now and it’s so interesting so far! I love the concept and I’m definitely a fan of Astrid Scholte’s writing. I reallllyyy need to get to Four Dead Queens because I own it and it’s been sitting on my bookcase upstairs since it came out last year! If y’all haven’t read this one yet, for sure check it out!