The best opening line that wasn’t …

“Nineteen years, three months, and one week before I found Seivarden in the snow, I was a troop carrier orbiting the planet Shis’urna.”

I just love this line from Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie — it really should have been the opening sentence of the novel, I think, rather than sitting at the start of chapter two. For the record, the first sentence of the book is this: “The body lay naked and facedown, a deathly gray, spatters of blood staining the snow around it.” Not quite the same impact, right?

Ancillary Justice