First Lines Fridays #38

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!

“How fortunate am I among the sentient to know my purpose? I serve humankind. I am the child who has become the parent. The creation that aspires toward creator.


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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)Scythe was one of the first books I did as a First Lines Fridays post, so it’s serendipitous that Thunderhead fits to make another one today! Like SCYTHE, my sister just finished it and I have some high expectations, but I am so ready to read this!

I’ve read the first 9 chapters and they’re perfect. I LOVE the THUNDERHEAD so much and I’m really liking this series on audio!

Goodreads synopsis: Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

Have you read THUNDERHEAD yet? If not what are you waiting for? Have you read SCYTHE yet? If not, GO PICK IT UP NOW! What’s your favorite dystopian book? Who’s your favorite AI character? Share below!


4 thoughts on “First Lines Fridays #38

  1. Andrea says:

    Oh hell, another book I’ll have to add to the TBR! Both Scythe and this one are so interesting oh god why are there so amazing books out there?? What’s my wallet supposed to be doing??
    Great post!

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