For my experimental dystopia novel, The Peacemakers, I am thinking about opening the novel with a grim scene. By that, I mean a scene that shows what someone just entering the world would immediately pick up on: the blood stained streets, the piles of burning bodies, and the deep pits from the bombs.
Basically, I plan on having the main character walk through his destroyed hometown and all of the chaos around it because he wants to see it one last time before he heads off into his new life. I want readers to pick up on the clues that there was a war of some sort not too long before and that things weren’t always so bad.
What do you guys think? Is this a good or a bad way to introduce readers to the world?
On another, slightly unrelated note, I manged to edit about 1000 words in my fantasy novel today for Camp NaNoWriMo. I am going to change the opening to chapter two tomorrow, if I have the time, to make it more appealing. Right now it even bores me reading back through it, so that has to change.