First Line Friday is a weekly feature that I now love to take part in.

It is hosted by Wandering Words.

What if, instead of judging a book by its cover or by its author, we judged the book by its opening lines?

Here is how it works:

– Pick a book off your shelf and open to the first page.

– Copy the first few lines without giving the book away.

– Reveal the book.

This is one of my favourite sci-fi books in honour of #SciFiMonth.

Here we go!


‘We haven’t got long,’ I shout, already jumpy with adrenalin. ‘I’m going in!’

Before Shen can reply, I fall backwards into the manhole. I’m swallowed immediately by pitch-black air. It smells of warm death down here, rotting and ancient.

I drop far enough that my stomach flips before the rope kicks in and catches me. Holding on to the carabiner clip of my harness, I walk my feet down the curved tiles of the ceiling, guiding the rope down my gloves hands.


Scroll down to reveal the book!

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James

I loved this book! Lauren James is a genius! If you haven’t read it yet, then this is a must for anybody who loves futuristic books.

Has anybody else read this book yet? What did you think? 🙂