In the writing world, close to a hillion-jillion words have been devoted to that simple-yet-complicated term, the hook. In its most basic form, it's whatever gets you "in the book." And most often, it's the first sentence or first paragraph or first couple of paragraphs.
I have many favorite hooks, but this one is near the top of my list (from Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts):
"Strapped into the quivering soup can laughingly called a plane, bouncing his way on the pummeling air through the stingy window of light that was winter, through the gaps and breaks in snow-sheathed mountains toward a town called Lunacy, Ignatious Burke had an epiphany.
He wasn't nearly as prepared to die as he'd believed."
I was pulled right into this book with the words "Strapped into a quivering soup can..."
What's your favorite hook?