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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros – The Cold Between

Author: Elizabeth Bonesteel
Genres: Science Fiction

Hello, everyone! As some of you might know, I had started a feature a few weeks ago called Five First Lines, in which I compared the first lines of five different books. Unfortunately, I haven’t been keeping up with it as I had planned. Well, today I came across a meme called First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, thanks to Charlie at Girl of 1000 Wonders. The meme, hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea, is somewhat similar to Five First Lines, but doesn’t compare different books. I decided I would start participating in this meme, because I think it will be less time consuming to set up than Five First Lines was. However, if anyone wants me to continue doing Five First Lines, I don’t mind doing it. I just wasn’t sure if it was worth the time to set up. So, feedback on it would be great!

First Chapter First Paragraph

Without further ado, here is my First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intro from a book that I plan to read soon, THE COLD BETWEEN by Elizabeth Bonesteel.

The Cold Between cover
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“Sixty seconds to detonation. Please evacuate the area.”

Okay, that’s not much for a first paragraph, so I’ll stray from the meme a little and add some more…

Kate ran toward the Phoenix’s infirmary, grumbling with frustration. When she’d told Captain Kelso they could evacuate quickly she had expected more than five minutes’ notice, and now there was no way they’d transfer everything in time. They had moved their patients and started shifting the most essential drugs, but she had fewer than half her everyday remedies, and almost no tools at all. At this rate, she would be practicing frontier medicine on the nine-week trip back to Earth. If anyone had a heart attack or a compound fracture in that time, Andy Kelso was going to be dealing with some injuries of his own.


Based on those two paragraphs, would you keep reading?

I would, because I like that we learn who two of the major characters are, where they are going, and what her occupation is. And we learn these things while the main character is in the middle of a crisis. It’s not boring at all.

What do you think?

*I want to give a shout-out to the publisher Harper Voyager, who kindly provided me with this review copy of The Cold Between.*

About Elizabeth Bonesteel

Elizabeth Bonesteel began making up stories at the age of five, in an attempt to battle insomnia. Thanks to a family connection to the space program, she has been reading science fiction since she was a child. She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, her daughter, and various cats. Massachusetts has been her home her whole life, and while she’s sure there are other lovely places to live, she’s quite happy there.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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