First Line Friday – 28 April 2017 – The Uncloaked (J. Rodes)


Welcome to First Line Friday! If you’ve been hanging around my blog at all this week you’ll know I’m super excited about the book I’ve chosen for today’s edition of First Line Friday. Jennifer Rodewald (under the pen name J. Rodes) has written a YA dystopian series, and today is release day for the first book in that series: The Uncloaked. It’s a riveting read, and you my review will be up very soon. In the meantime, you can also read my interview with Jen about this series, my post about the word dystopia, or you could even just find out about the book below:

~ About the Book ~

“Apathy is the illness of the overprivileged…” Words laced with fear—and maybe a hint of prophecy. His father’s words. Words Braxton would prefer to ignore.

Braxton Luther is sixteen when the Progressive Reform Party takes over the government. It can’t be that bad. So they don’t want religion in government—that’s constitutional. He can’t understand his church’s hypersensitive reaction or his father’s cryptic warning to stand against the Party’s ultimatums.

But after living under the new government for a year, Braxton faces a choice—conform to the demands of the ungodded in order to protect his best friend, Eliza, or defy the system and go into hiding, ensuring a life of misery. Still certain that life will settle back into normalcy in the near future, Braxton chooses compliance.

Then the killings begin, and the threat to Eliza becomes darker than Braxton had ever imagined. Reality finally sinks in.

Apathy is no longer a choice.

***PG-13 material. Though this book is Christian Fiction, there are dark (but not graphic) scenes that some readers may find disturbing. 

Amazon  //  Goodreads

~ First Line ~

“They’ve won. God help us.”

What a powerful first line!

And before I let you loose to spread first line fever among my blogger buddies, we need to welcome Trisha and her blog Joy of Reading to our first line crew! Welcome, Trisha!

Don’t forget to share your first line in the comments, and then hop on over and find out what the other First Liners have for you today:

Jessica ~ A Baker’s Perspective  //  Sarah ~ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Bree ~ Bibliophile Reviews  //  Rachel ~ Bookworm Mama
Heather ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen  //  Beth ~ Faithfully Bookish
Trisha ~ Joy of Reading //  Kathleen ~ Kathleen Denly  //  Lauraine ~ Lauraine’s Notes
Andi ~ Radiant Light  //  Carrie ~ Reading is my Superpower  //  Robin ~ Robin’s Nest
Sydney ~ Singing Librarian  //  Amanda ~ With a Joyful Noise

 If you would like to join us for First Line Friday, contact Carrie at Reading is my Superpower.


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18 Responses to First Line Friday – 28 April 2017 – The Uncloaked (J. Rodes)

  1. The line I’m going to share with you here is different than the one featured on my blog post. This book is one that my 9 year old son is currently reading for the second time.

    “This is a true story. Well some of it. Most of it.”
    Harlow & Sage (and Indiana) A true story about best friends by: Brittni Vega

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  2. Paula says:

    Why, Livvie! Whatever are you doing? From The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller. Just started this one

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  3. Andrea Stephens says:

    Today I’m sharing the first line from Cynthia Roemer’s debut book that came out today.
    Under This Same Sky
    Illinois ~ May 8, 1854
    Nothing could have prepared her for this.

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  4. Heather says:

    Happy Friday! 🙂

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  5. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday (is it really?)!! My first line is from a nonfiction book that is being released on May 2nd, Women Who Move Mountains by Sue Detweiler: ” ‘Get my baby out!’ I screamed with a raspy voice.”

    And one of my favorite quotes: “Every day we have the opportunity to agree with God & allow His perspective to flood us with His hope. It’s like having a pressure washer in your mind.”

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  6. rachel820 says:

    How interesting!

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  7. carylkane says:


    They were coming. – Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams


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  8. I’ve never really be interested in anything dystopian-related before. But there seem to be some very interesting books that have been catching my eye lately. If only there were not already 4,000+ on my TBR list…

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  9. Jessica Baker says:

    This sounds really good!!! I’ve only read a few dystopian before but they were good. Think I may add this one to the pile 😆

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