Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top 10 Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In

This week's Top 10 Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish is:
 Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In.

Okay! Here are my top 10 places I'd give a big fat, "no" to. Ahem.

1. Westeros. I love high fantasy. I love magic and dragons. I love books with intricate world-building and lots of nations/cultures coming into conflict. So, I enjoyed the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. But, I would not want to live there. In making his series "realistic" by adding lots of death, rape, dismemberment, prostitution, muddy filth and general hardship, I know this isn't a world where I'd fit in.

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Live in a world without feelings, where everyone has their emotions surgically removed? Boo! Thumbs down to that!

3. Tripods series by John Christopher. In this classic dystopian series, tripod aliens have taken over the Earth, forcing everyone to live with medieval level technology since that is all we are "responsible" enough to handle. Scary! No thanks!

4. Hytanica. In this fantasy trilogy by teen author Cayla Kluver, the country is run by a featherhead princess in love with a foreign mage prince. While she abandons her duties for true love, the country goes to pot.

5. The Giver by Louis Lowry. In this classic dystopian, everyone lives perfectly managed lives, and euthanasia/assisted suicide is perfectly cool. Feh. Do not want.

6. The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix. I loved to read this series, since it has a quasi-British feel and is chock full of strong heroines, but actually, I would not want to deal with some of the dangerously scary magic and undead spirits that Lirael has to handle in this book.

7. Thirsty by M.T. Anderson - This is a world that I would not want to live in because it is perfectly normal, boring suburbia, except for the fact that everyone (even if they don't realize it yet) is doomed by the evil vampire demon lord Tch'muchgar.

8. The Dustlands series by Moira Young. Living in a desert hellscape of desperate scavengers does not actually sound like very much fun.

9. The American Fairy series by Sarah Zettel. As if surviving the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl isn't enough - the characters in this magical historical also have to deal with malevolent fae who are bent on exacting torment on the already disadvantaged human Midwesterners.

10. Panem. Nothing about the world of The Hunger Games is good. Almost everyone is starving, and people are forced to watch kids kill each other on reality TV. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No thanks. Well... maybe if I could be besties with Effie Trinket. Actually, you know what? No. Not even then.


  1. Delirium and THG are definitely not books whose worlds I ever want to step into. These others aren't appealing either. Thanks for visiting The Book Connection.

  2. I know, right? Besides, in Delirium, isn't growing up without emotions apt to turn people into serial killers? Or something?



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