Ten of the Best First Sentences

Nothing grabs a readers attention more than an interesting first line. Readers want to be instantly transported into the story, to question who they’re reading about and what is happening. Today I decided to share my top ten first lines from books, from best to last, and I’d love to hear yours.

  1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown: “I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.”
  2. A Curse so Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer: “There is blood under my fingernails. I wonder how many of my people I’ve killed this time.”
  3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin: “My name is not Mara after, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something.”
  4. Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff: “People often shit themselves when they die.”
  5. Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo: “Joost had two problems: the moon and his moustache.”
  6. Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare: “The demon exploded in a shower of anchor and guts.”
  7. Illuminae, by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: “So here’s the file that almost killed me director.”
  8. Ace of Shades, Amanda Foody: “If I’m not home in two months, I’m dead.”
  9. The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon: “I like to imagine there were more or us in the beginning.”
  10. The Young Elites, by Marie Lu: “I’m going to die tomorrow.”

All of these had my attention straight away, and I wanted to find out more. What first sentences do you love?

3 Replies to “Ten of the Best First Sentences”

  1. Ahhh I love this list! I have wanted to read never night for ages and that first line has convinced me. I recently read clockwork angel and wasn’t the biggest fan of this book but it had a great first sentence. It was so great seeing Magnus bane in this new setting! I’m not that bothered with reading all the infernal devices but I stupidly bought them all so I guess I will be… (hate it when that happens). I am interested in the Magnus Bane chronicles (I’ve pretty much lost count of the other books ha). Here’s my review of the clockwork angel, check it out 🙂 https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2020/10/21/everything-wrong-with-the-clockwork-angel/


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