First Lines Fridays #3

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!

We must, by law, keep a record of the innocents we kill.

And the book is…









Scythe by Neal Shusterman!


This first line is, in my opinion, absolutely terrifying and really manages to convey the overall vibe of Scythe, i. e. unease and distrust towards the government. If you want to know more about this dystopia, check out my review!

What do you think about this first line? Is it a good opening for a dystopian novel? Let’s discuss down below in the comments!

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