Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In.
I love to travel, and I read a lot of fantasy books with incredible world-building; but for every couple of worlds I’d give anything to see with my own eyes there’s always one I’d never want to find myself in. I’d kill to visit Le Cirque des Rêves one night, or explore Red London for a day, but I know I wouldn’t survive five minutes as a tribute in the Hunger Games.
Angelfall by Susan Ee
As much as Penryn’s San Francisco is one of the less brutal dystopian worlds I’ve read I wouldn’t want to be trapped in a city where angels are hunting humans. And that’s saying nothing of the scorpion/locust experiments Penryn and Raffe discover.
The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
It’s way too brutal for me. I’d never be able to keep up with the physical battles Nemesis has to fight, or the political manoeuvring Tyrus has to do, just to survive and remain on top.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
While life aboard the Mao is pretty bleak, life on Kerenza is even bleaker. Although honestly even before the BeiTech invasion I wouldn’t want to live on that planet; it sounds way too cold for me.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I definitely wouldn’t have survived past childhood if I lived in Darrow’s world on Mars. If I was a Red I would have died in the mines, and if I was a Gold I would have died at the very beginning of the Institute trials like Cassius’s brother did.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I love the idea of the High Court of Faerie, but I’d never be able to adapt to life there the way Jude and Taryn do. I’d probably forget one of the (many) rules and poison myself trying to eat the faerie fruit.
Gilded Cage by Vic James
No, just no. If I was one of the Equals I’d never be able to keep up with the political battles for power that seem to constantly happen, but the thought of ten years of slavedays if I was a normal citizen terrify me.
Alice by Christina Henry
I’ve always said that Wonderland is one of the fantasy settings I’d love to visit, it’s one of my favourite bookish worlds, but I would not love to visit Christina Henry’s Wonderland. Old City, where Alice is set, is a dark and terrifying place.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
A world where World War II was won by the Germans, where Hitler is still alive committing horrifying acts and experiments, is not a world I want to live in.
The Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
I love V.E. Schwab, she’s one of my all-time favourite authors and I’d love to visit Red London, but a world where monsters are real, where I’d have to chose between paying for protection or fighting for it, is not a choice I want to make.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Samantha Shannon’s London in The Bone Season is very much a police state, just 50-odd years in the future where clairvoyants are real and very much hunted.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so what bookish worlds would you never want to live in? Did any of the books I picked make your list, or are any of these worlds you’d want to live in?