First Lines Fridays – March 5, 2021

Welcome back to my blog! Today I’m bringing you another First Lines Fridays post! I’ve gotten SUPER behind on these and I think the last one I did was the first week of February. I’m going to try to schedule a few ahead of time so that I don’t miss anymore!

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!

Today’s First Lines

When I close my eyes we’re all still alive and it becomes obvious then what the gods want from us. The myth people tell about us might start on that liquid blue day off Kona and the sharks, but I know different. We started earlier. You started earlier. The kingdom of Hawaiʻi had long been broken–the breathing rain forests and singing green reefs crushed under the haole fists of beach resorts and skyscrapers–and that was when the land had begun calling. I know this now because of you.

So what do you think? Have I got you hooked? Can you guess what book it is?

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

In 1995 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a rare family vacation, seven-year-old Nainoa Flores falls overboard a cruise ship into the Pacific Ocean. When a shiver of sharks appears in the water, everyone fears for the worst. But instead, Noa is gingerly delivered to his mother in the jaws of a shark, marking his story as the stuff of legends.

Nainoa’s family, struggling amidst the collapse of the sugarcane industry, hails his rescue as a sign of favor from ancient Hawaiian gods – a belief that appears validated after he exhibits puzzling new abilities. But as time passes, this supposed divine favor begins to drive the family apart: Nainoa, working now as a paramedic on the streets of Portland, struggles to fathom the full measure of his expanding abilities; further north in Washington, his older brother Dean hurtles into the world of elite college athletics, obsessed with wealth and fame; while in California, risk-obsessed younger sister Kaui navigates an unforgiving academic workload in an attempt to forge her independence from the family’s legacy.

When supernatural events revisit the Flores family in Hawaii – with tragic consequences – they are all forced to reckon with the bonds of family, the meaning of heritage, and the cost of survival.


If you’re interested in Sharks in the Time of Saviors, you can purchase it on Amazon (affiliate link)! I personally have not read this book, but my partner, Rob, is planning on reading it this month. As someone born and raised in Hawaii, this definitely sounds like one that would interest me.


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