Friday Firsts: The Regime of Austerity

Friday Firsts is hosted by Well-Read Reviews


The first line can make or break a reader’s interest. Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence? To participate in this weekly book meme is extremely easy.

  • Grab the book you are currently reading and open to the first page.
  • Write down the first sentence in the first paragraph.
  • Create a blog post with this information. (Make sure to include the title & author of the book you are using. Even an ISBN helps!)
  • Did this first sentence help draw you into the story? Why or why not?

I found out about Friday Firsts via Ohh Books! and I’m stealing her idea of sharing the beginnings of short stories that can be found online. I’m also stealing her short story from this week because I LOVED it and want all of you to read it. (Promise to find my own next week!)

{The Book – Short Story} The Regime of Austerity

{The Author} Veronica Schanoes

{First Sentence – Paragraph}

Under the Regime of Austerity, Stella can no longer afford much color. What she gets she uses on her hair and her eyes, even though all the magazines say that’s a waste. Hair falls out and eyes tear up, and eventually the color wears away and she’s left with nothing until her next ration coupon. The magazines recommend using color on things like coats and shoes, things that last a long time and don’t get washed often. These days there are a lot of gray people walking around in bright blue coats with green shoes. Lately it’s become popular to use color on the inner walls of your home. There are a lot of people walking around completely gray, and it’s hard to tell whether they’re trendy or simply too poor to afford any color at all.

Read the rest here.

{Did this make you want to read the rest of the story?}

YES! As soon as I left a comment on Ohh Books!’s post I headed over and read the rest of the story and I really loved it. It made me think of Jasper Fforde’s upcoming novel Shades of Grey which comes out Dec 29, 2009.


5 Responses

  1. sounds like an interesting book to read

  2. I had to read it. 🙂

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