Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish worlds I’d never want to live in

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish worlds I’d never want to live in

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

I was torn while creating this list, because some of these bookish worlds would be awful to live in… But I’m still kind of tempted by them. I’m interested to know whether I could survive in a zombie apocalypse, or what personality type I’d be sorted into. I’d love to encounter aliens, but I’m not sure whether I’m into the ‘invasion’ part.

These ten books feature worlds I say I’d never want to live in… But probably would anyway.

10) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I haven’t read or watched The Hunger Games yet, but I know enough about it to say that I 100% definitely would not want to live in that world. Nope.

9) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Because if vampires existed I wouldn’t want them to be sparkly. I’d start laughing at them, they’d take the opportunity to rip my throat out. I mean, I’d deserve it for laughing at them, but *shrug*

8) The 100 by Kass Morgan

The 100 by Kass Morgan

I’d be interested in living in the world of The 100, because it would be fascinating to see how much Earth changed with 100 years away from human interference… But I have a terrible immune system, so the likelihood is that it would affect my body terribly and I’d just drop dead. Unfortunate.

7) War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

The descriptions of the aliens in this book haunt me. I read it way, way back in 2012, and I can still visualise them so powerfully. If I ever encountered one I’d just lay down and let it take me out, because there’s no way I’d try to fight it.

6) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

I’m a fan of the weather being warm, but not too hot, cool, but not too cold. Living in a world where you only ever got to experience one season? That would be my worst nightmare.

5) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

No matter how much I love Red Rising, I wouldn’t love to live in Darrow’s world. Having your worth judged on your physical stature isn’t the one, and although I like to think I’d be a Violet – part of the creative class – I’d hate to find out for sure.

4) The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

This list is surprisingly alien oriented. Compared to War of the WorldsThe Host is a far less scary novel, but I think that the aliens are much worse. They’re implanted into you and take control of your body, leaving you conscious in the back of your mind but unable to do anything. Shudder.

3) Autumn by David Moody

Autumn by David Moody

Autumn is one of the less scary zombie worlds, but I still wouldn’t love to live in it. These are zombies that don’t act how you’d expect: they’re pretty placid and immobile to start with, but they quickly become ravenous monsters hellbent on ripping your face off. I’d hate to be lulled into a false sense of security just to have it turn around and bite me on the ass (literally!)

2) Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This trilogy is jam-packed with death and destruction. I know for a fact I’d be dead within a few pages, but I’d also love to know what I’d be sorted as. I’m not brave enough to be Dauntless, and although I’m nice I don’t know if I’m either kind or selfless enough to fit into Amity or Abnegation. Perhaps I’d be Divergent myself? Who knows.

1) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I mean, some of the waves are horrible. Electromagnetic pulses, flooding, alien invasion… None of these sound as though they’re going to be a whale of a time. I think this is worse than War of the Worlds because those aliens are quite obviously ALIENS, whereas the aliens in The 5th Wave appear as humans, which is much more terrifying.


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Would you love to live in any of these bookish worlds, or are you torn like me?