It’s been a year, BBF. Almost. My last post for this meme was posted on 27 February 2015. Yep. I missed you.
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Book Beginnings @ Rose City Reader. Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
I have a love/hate relationship with the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. The first one, I was meh about but was interested enough to anticipate the 2nd book. Golden Son, I liked. A LOT. It’s not “love” status but definitely loved it more than the first one. That made sure that I’ll definitely read the 3rd one.
I saw a copy at Target when it came out. I wanted to get it. I had it in my hand as I walked around. But I put it back. My previous copies were digital. If I end up loving this final book, I’ll thrift the series. Yes, I’m one of those readers who don’t mind ebooks but buy physical copies of books/series that they love or like a lot. I even collect Jane Eyre covers. So yeah, I put the book back and instead, got the digital copy.
Here’s the first paragraph of the prologue:
I rise into darkness, away from the garden they watered with the blood of my friends. The Golden man who filled my wife lies dead beside me on the cold metal deck, life snuffed out by his own son’s hand.
What I like the most with this trilogy is that it doesn’t shy away from the gore, death, and despair. It is considered a YA novel but unlike a lot of YA dystopian that I’ve come across, this doesn’t sugarcoat the reality of war and conflict. Sort of like in The Hunger Games. They don’t come at you and say it to your face but the fact is, they kill children. It doesn’t go into much detail but the idea is there. Here, both the idea and the image are on the page.
I said this in my Golden Son review, I kind of wanted to re-read the previous book before delving into this. All I clearly remember from it was that I liked it a lot. Yeah, a few plot points here and there but I do have the urge to re-read it. Maybe I will once I get physical copies of the book. Next project after the Harry Potter re-read maybe?
Anyway, I know I’ve said in previous posts that I’m reading other books. But I have to put them all on hold in favor of this one. Frankly, I can’t think of anything else until I read this book. Yes, the thirst is real. I feel that I’ll never make progress with the other books unless I get this out of the way. Well, I do have a long weekend. Bring it on!