Friday Firsts: Planetfall by Emma Newman


Friday Firsts is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraphs of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.   This Friday I’m reading :  Planetfall by Emma Newman


planetfallEvery time I come down here I think about my mother.  I don’t want to: it just happens.  My brain has decided it’s a critical subroutine that must be executed when the correct variables are in place: (which time = predawn) + (when physical location = beneath the colony) + (when physical act = opening the door to the Masher) run “unpleasant memory of mother #345.”

My hand is pushing the door open and I’m back at my old lab and she’s following me in, her heels clicking on the tiled floor.  I’ve prepped the equipment to run one hour before her arrival so there’s something to show straightaway.  She never was a patient woman.

“Is that a printer?” she asked, and I nodded.  It started then – I know it now that I’m looking back – that tightening of my gut as I dared to hope I might impress her. 

“Yeah.” I smiled.

She didn’t.  “Like the one I have at home?”


“What’s it printing?”

“My latest work.”

She went up to the plasglass and peered through, seeing nothing but a few millimeters of tissue.  She turned to me with her nose slightly wrinkled. “What is is printing?”

“A new pancreas,” I said.  “For Dad.”

“Oh.”  She’d hoped I was making something she could hang up in the hallway of her inert home.  “I didn’t realise you were involved in this sort of thing.  I’ve seen it on the new.”

And that was the moment I knew I’d been stupid to hope for anything.

My First Impressions

Well, there’s not really much given away here is there?  It’s a memory, although clearly of a future that is more advanced than ours – if you can print out a pancreas – or is that already possible??!?!  I think my immediate fear was on reading the little algebraic type problem in brackets I wondered if this was going to maybe be a little bit more problematic than I hoped (in terms of going over my rather simple head).  However, it’s not working out like that so far so we’ll see and I must confess that on typing out this quote and rereading it for accuracy I completely understand what it means but in the immediate furore of starting a new book and rushing through the first few pages it did fly over my head.  Silly, I realise.  Anyway, so far so good.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

15 Responses to “Friday Firsts: Planetfall by Emma Newman”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Planetfall is one of the titles that intrigue me, but about which I want to know something more before I decide to add them to my ever-lengthening “wanted” list, so I will keep an eye out for your review 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve finished reading now so should be reviewing soon.
      Lynn 😀

  2. sjhigbee

    Ooo… yippee! You’ve started it – you are now going on SUCH a journey… I’m so looking forward to hearing what you make of this one:)). Have a great weekend, Lynn.

  3. Tammy

    I enjoyed Planetfall, but I LOVED the next book in the series, After Atlas:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Good to know. I’ve just finished Planetfall – unsure about the ending but otherwise an intriguing book.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Oh I’m excited to see you’re starting this series! I have to echo Tammy’s comment though, this was good but the next one is better! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I should finish this shortly. I’m so intrigued about what’s going on!
      Lynn 😀

  5. proxyfish

    This sounds interesting and considering the glowing reviews I’d definitely give it a go. I look forward to your review!! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m enjoying it – 2/3 in so hoping the ending is good – well, I’m hoping for some revelations.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Captain's Quarters

    I adored the first two books and the third one comes out next month. I am so excited.
    x The Captain

  7. Carmen

    I like the first paragraph. I hope you enjoy it throughout. 🙂

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