First Lines Fridays: October 14, 2022

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  The rules are as follows:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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First Lines

I’m pretty much fucked.

That’s my considered opinion.


Six days into what should be the greatest month of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare.

Do you know what book this is?

Still guessing?

Well, the book reveal is…

The Martian by Andy Weir


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old human error are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

2 thoughts on “First Lines Fridays: October 14, 2022

  1. Don’t you worry, Celeste.
    You ain’t alone. I haven’t read it either and to be honest, I don’t dig Science-Fiction much. Not as a book genre nor as movies/series. But, in this case, I watch the moving pictures and it was okay.
    But not good enough wake my interest reading the book.


    1. I’m *trying* to read more science fiction, but honestly my heart is just more into fantasy books. But another goal of mine for 2023 will be to try to incorporate more science fiction into my reading. Who knows, maybe I’ll get around to The Martian! 😉 I agree that the movie was enjoyable.

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