In my continued effort to examine the successes of several YA novels, I thought I'd showcase something besides the "opening sentences" and "last lines" of my favorite books.
This week I'm going to cover the last line of the first chapter (or prologue). That inevitable point where a reader is either going to keep going, or put your book down ... possibly forever. I'm a huge fan of the cliffhanger, whether it's physical or emotional. Or, in the case of The Hunger Games ... even just a name.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling)
He couldn't now that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: "To Harry Potter - the boy who lived!"
Hush Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick)
The air resonated with the boy's low laughter.
Fallen (Lauren Kate)
Then there was nothing, nothing at all.
Paranormalcy (Kiersten White)
Where did they come up with this stuff?
Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
"Tessa put a hand to the clockwork angel at her throat, taking comfort in its steady ticking, as the carriage lurched forward into the rain. "
Incarceron (Catherine Fisher)
"Well done, brother," he said.
The Maze Runner (James Dashner)
"Nice to meet ya, shank," the boy said. "Welcome to the Glade."
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
It's Primrose Everdeen
And (just for the heck of it) here's the last line in the first chapter of my WIP:
And then it stopped.
Which ones are your favorite, and share from your manuscript below!