First Lines Friday!

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!

Hello & happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a great week so far. Today I’m spotlighting a 2023 standalone fantasy by an author whose stories feel like a hug in a book. This one definitely sounds the quirkiest of their works, but I can’t wait to give it a read.

“A tiny vacuum robot screamed as it spun in concentric circles, spindly arms that ended in pincers waving wildly in the air. ‘ On my god, we’re going to die. I will cease to exist, and there will be nothing but darkness.”

See. Definitely a little quirky, but also sounds hilarious. Ready to find out what it is?

In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots–fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They’re a family, hidden and safe.

The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled “HAP,” he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio-a past spent hunting humans.

When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio’s former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic’s assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming.

Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?

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  1. I don’t know why I immediately thought of this book when I read these lines since I haven’t read it yet but it must’ve been the “tiny vacuum robot” bit 😂 I love the sound of this already! Definitely need to get on to reading it soon. Great pick!

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