First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph of my current read.

In this postapocolyptic novel our protagonist, Nailer’s dirty, dangerous job is to crawl deep into the wrecks of the ancient oil tankers that line the beach, scavenging copper wire and turning it over to his crew boss.

Nailer clambered through a service duct, tugging at copper wire and yanking it free. Ancient asbestos fibers and mouse grit puffed up around him as the wire tore loose. He scrambled deeper into the duct, jerking more wire from its aluminum staples. The staples pinged about the cramped metal passage like coins offered to the Scavenge God, and Nailer felt after them eagerly, hunting for their dull gleam and collecting them in a leather bag he kept at his waist. He yanked again at the wiring. A meter’s worth of precious copper tore loose in his hands and dust clouds enveloped him.

This young adult novel is a little bit out of my comfort genres, but it won the Printz Award and it won  my curiosity. I have just started it and, so far, it’s managed to keep me interested.

What about you? Would you keep reading?

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About Margot

I'm also known as Joyfully Retired. I love to talk. I love to talk about books I've read, movies I've seen, places I've traveled to, people (especially my children and grandchildren), and Food. On the Quirky Girls Read blog I'm trying to read all the books that have won the major awards and then, of course, talk about them.
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8 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday

  1. That is quite the INTRO! I don’t really read postapocolyptic novels, but this intro makes me curious to find out more. ENJOY!

  2. It doesn’t look like the kind of book I’d read, but the first paragraph made me curious. Very visual descriptions.

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  3. jennygirl says:

    Why yes I would! Plus I’ve heard great things about this one. Like the first paragraph thing.

  4. I would totally read this one. Keep reading, let us know how it goes!

  5. JoAnn says:

    My eyes glaze over when I read postapocolyptic. Think I’d pass…

  6. kaye says:

    Interesting start–I’ll watch for your review. Have a happy thanksgiving.

  7. Tracy says:

    I’m not into YA, but that intro is pretty strong (though I’m just thinking of the damage Nailer is doing to his lungs – asbestos fibres, eek!)

  8. Nise' says:

    I would keep reading!

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