First Lines Friday #61

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?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • 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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Hello, reader!

Happy Friday and, hopefully, the start to your weekend! I’m excited that I have this weekend off because it’s my best friends birthday and this will be the first time in a minute that we actually get to hang out to celebrate. I see lots of cake and drinks in our future 🥳 Before all the birthday shenanigans kick off, though, it’s time for another First Lines Friday!

Today’s featured book is one that I haven’t started quite yet, but I’m very eager to pick it up. I’m reading it as part of a book tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours. When they sent out the sign up email, I read the synopsis and knew I wanted to read it. Now, let’s see if the first few lines can ramp up my excitement!

The Line(s):

“The Victoria Station burns so ferociously that the man with the binoculars can feel the heat from his perch in the helicopter.”

The Hints:

This is a young adult horror set to release later this month.

It is set deep in Antarctica.

And it has been pitched as “The Thing” meets “Wilder Girls“… so I’m intrigued!

The Reveal:

It Looks Like Us by Alison Ames

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

The remote terror of THE THING meets the body horror of WILDER GIRLS in this fast-paced Antarctic thriller.

Shy high school junior Riley Kowalski is spending her winter break on a research trip to Antarctica, sponsored by one of the world’s biggest tech companies. She joins five student volunteers, a company-approved chaperone, and an impartial scientist to prove that environmental plastic pollution has reached all the way to Antarctica, but what they find is something much worse… something that looks human.

Riley has anxiety–ostracized by the kids at school because of panic attacks–so when she starts to feel like something’s wrong with their expedition leader, Greta, she writes it off. But when Greta snaps and tries to kill Riley, she can’t chalk it up to an overactive imagination anymore. Worse, after watching Greta disintegrate, only to find another student with the same affliction, she realizes they haven’t been infected, they’ve been infiltrated–by something that can change its shape. And if the group isn’t careful, that something could quickly replace any of them.

Did that first line capture your attention? Did it make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!


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