Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish blog with a different top ten list theme (all related to books) every Tuesday (see the full list here).
My Five Favorite Beginnings
1. Incarceron by Catherine Fischer- this book pulls off two intense and completely different settings, premises, characters, and inciting incidents in the first two chapters. The ending is pretty amazing, too, with a twist that made my eyes about pop. I've read a lot of science fiction this year, but this one tops them all.
2. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud. Just thinking about how Bartimaeus, a jinn with an attitude and endless flow of opinions, steps onto the page makes me grin and want to read this story all over again.
3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman - this beginning is a little weird, but it captivated me: a child who can remember being born and being an infant... and not just any infant but a....well now I think I'll just leave you guessing, there.
4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis - probably one of my most vividly remembered first chapters ever. This chapter was so striking - a family watching each other being cyrogenically frozen - that I read it several times before I even moved on to the rest of the story!
5. The Help by Katherine Stockett - my first four are science fiction and fantasy, but this one is set in 1960's Mississippi, and Aibileen's voice is imprinted in my memory forever, so full of love and bitter sadness at the same time.
My Five Favorite Endings
1. Holes by Louis Sachar. The sneakers, the peach sploosh, the onions, the yellow-spotted lizards, and even a notebook fished out of a toilet - none of these had anything to do with each other. Until the end. But suddenly all these seemingly unrelated things add up to a multi-faceted pay-off, like puzzle pieces not fitting together individually but only all at once.
2. Sabriel by Garth Nix. This books packs not one awesome climax, but TWO. Just when you think you've been through the most intense confrontation possible, you have to go through another one! Come to think of it, there's actually three riveting journeys/confrontations Sabriel goes through, each building on each other in tension.
3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. How Meg manages to save her brother at the end of the story still makes me shiver in wonder.
4. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. This ending took off in a surprising direction, some might call it a dues ex machina even, but I loved it.
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I loved how Katniss and Peeta handled the manipulations at the end of the Games - their choice to stand by each other no matter what. Fist pump!
What's your favorite beginning or ending?