Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted at A Few More Pages every Friday. Bloggers are to copy the first lines from the current book that they are reading and reflect upon it.

From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester Mills gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down. […about 400 words later…] Their lives had another forty seconds to run.

Under the Dome by Stephen King

I am commenting on the first sentence and last sentence of this short opening chapter of Under the Dome because I think it illustrates perfectly how good Stephen King is at opening lines. This is why his books are bestsellers–the guy knows how to hook you.

King sets up an idyllic scene, a woman learning to fly, coasting over her lovely small Maine town. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, she is loving life. Too bad she only has forty seconds to live. From there, a woodchuck is sliced in half in the middle of a street, her plane crashes seemingly into nothing, body parts raining down on the beautiful green landscape. An awesome opening. I was hooked and couldn’t put it down until forced to due to snoozing on page 101. I love Stephen King. He is the master from opening line until end!

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