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

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Opening lines: Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve

I am so thoroughly impressed with this novel (though I confess I am only two chapters into it) – there is no way it can go wrong, with an opening sentence like this:

It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.