I picked up a book called "The Knife of Never Letting Go" which I was expecting to be a YA modern fiction about teenage angst, and holy crap it's something completely different.
It's a futuristic sci-fi about the difference between men and good men. I was mesmerized. I couldn't put it down. Let's look at the first few lines:
"The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say. About anything.
'Need a poo, Todd.'
'Shut up, Manchee.'
'Poo. Poo, Todd.
'I said shut it.'"
-From The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Uh...what?? The entire situation is entirely ridiculous! But you keep reading and things make sense...and even become sympathetic. This first part just captured the hilarity of something people have imagined and written about for ages, with much more seriousness (Redwall, for example).
This book grabbed me and would not let go. I will warn you, get the second (and maybe third) at the same time because the ending is mind-blowingly cliff-hangerish.
I will be taking a break from posting, but drop by in early January for more reviews, thoughts on writing and first lines!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!