First Lines Friday: October 9, 2020

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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?

  • 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!

First Lines:

KC-847 grasped a handle to steady himself when the slick, chrome-coated van rocked as it passed through the protective electrostatic field surrounding the Hub. It was the first sign that they had left the bustling capital behind. He had only been permitted outside the Hub on three occasions, but this was his first mission as Team Captain. The woman he was ordered to retrieve had seen fit to flee the city, so he had no choice but to follow.

Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: It’s a new dystopian novel that I’ve been raving about!

Still not sure? Here’s another hint:

It’s by author Liv Evans.

The First Lines Friday book is:

Title: The Underground

Author: Liv Evans

Series: Derivates Rising Trilogy

Page Length: 395

Publication Date: Oct 10, 2020

Synopsis: “When freedom is a luxury, resistance is inevitable.”

The Government rule the Hub with an iron fist, their strict laws enforced by Derivates, humans with psionic abilities. When one of these Derivates flees her post, they send KC-847, a powerful telekinetic, to bring her back. However, KC-847 soon learns his team are unprepared for what they find in the tunnels, and the mission goes awry.

Flit, a plucky teleporter, works for the Underground resistance, the last refuge for Derivates wishing to live free of the Government’s control. On a routine security patrol, Flit comes across KC-847 and breaks all the rules to bring him back to the Underground.

However, KC-847’s arrival brings with it a string of deadly events that threaten the safety of the Underground. Convinced the incidents are more than unfortunate coincidences, Flit refuses to fall back on a false sense of security and drags KC-847 on an investigation that will change the trajectory of Derivate-kind forever.

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Doesn’t this sound great? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!


In celebration of this fantastic new release, the author has an amazing giveaway! The winner receives a paperback copy of The Underground, a bookmark, custom hand-poured candle, cotton tote bag, enamel pin, and a vinyl decal.

To enter this fantastic giveaway, click the image or link below!

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4 thoughts on “First Lines Friday: October 9, 2020

  1. Ah, the minute I read the hint I knew what you were talking about. I’m even more intrigued by this one now (and I’m still really loving that cover)! Great pick 🙂

  2. Thanks for the extra feature, Julie! I still am not entirely happy with this first line, but I’m good with the rest of the book- haha! <3

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