The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice and asks you to turn to page 56 (or 56% in your e reader) of your book (any book) and share a sentence or two that doesn’t have spoilers.
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and is about sharing the first sentence or so of the book you’re currently reading.
The Rule of Claw by John Brindley
We enter a futuristic world and meet a band of sixteen year olds who were dumped in isolation at an early age. They’re educated partly by gleaning facts from the few books in their possession, but primarily through their experiences of survival which features death and danger. A new threat emerges when the teens transcend their own rules and eat animal flesh. Ash is kidnapped and becomes a pawn in the power struggles between the formidable raptors. In these beautiful beasts, she glimpses new forms of evolution which make her consider her own humanity. Soon she learns the frightening truth of their origins. And realises the dangerous implications for herself and her friends.
Birds were gathering in ever-greater numbers to scream at him. He couldn’t hear them any longer; the roaring inside his ears was too loud. His head was spinning as if he was about to pass out again.
“Dead down,” he murmured, as if speaking to someone. There was no one. He had lost his two best friends.
She plunged into the stream. Almost as much water was coming out of her eyes as was flooding her ankles. She dipped her face and drank deeply; fresh water, clear and cold. Good, running water. Ash rinsed all the sack dust and dead leaves from her arms and legs and hair. Now she could walk in the water, following it downstream.
This seems like quite an original book with original ideas as well as a world I cannot wait to find out more about. Even at this beginning stage I feel the characters are not really plausible and so far I cannot emphasise with them much but what I look forward to most is exploring the authors world and ideas and seeing where the plot will lead us. The description and blurb of my copy doesn’t give a lot of information away on what the book is about and why nearly every edition seems to be very dinosaur themed in their covers. This has been listed as sci-fi and dystopia and a lot of people have said this is a very strange book with a very strange outcome that quite a few have disliked without leaving spoilers. I have also noticed that this book doesn’t have a very high general rating on Goodreads which for me, matched with the prehistoric themes and mysterious description, only makes me want to get into this story more 😉 I know I should have finished this a long time ago as I am so behind on my reading because of a recent slump but will this be the book to help get out of it?