I haven’t taken part in the last couple weeks of Top Ten Tuesday, mainly because I couldn’t think of any books for the topic. This week is different, with the topic being bookish world we would or wouldn’t want to live in. Of course, I went for the ones that I wouldn’t want to live in, and I will explain my reasons for these books being on this list.
1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This is a brutal world under the rule of terrible people who are corrupt. Not to mention the fact that the sun never sets. I don’t think I could deal with it being constantly bright, mainly because I’m a night owl. Also, I prefer the world I live in not to be dangerous and deadly.
2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
As interesting as this world is, I don’t think I would enjoy living in it. The fact that there is no death isn’t as appealing as you would think. Wouldn’t you just get bored after a while? Always doing the same thing? I wouldn’t even want to be a Scythe, mainly because of the burden that is taking lives. It just doesn’t sound fun.
3. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
I just recently finished reading Ace of Shades, and as much as I enjoyed the story, I wouldn’t want to live in the world of New Reynes. There are gangs, corrupted casino families, death on every corner, and that just doesn’t sound like a good time to me. I prefer to stay away from seedy cities.
4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
As incredible as this book is, I wouldn’t want to live in the world of Orisha under the rule of a ruthless King who rules with force. It is a scary world for the people who are different (the Maji) and the things that have happened to them are horrible. It isn’t the kind of place that sounds homely.
5. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Living in a world where the dead can come back to life? That’s not for me, especially when they can sometimes turn into terrible creatures that cause death and destruction. Plus, the Deadlands in the book is a really creepy place that gave me the chills when reading it.
6. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The world of Hinterland in The Hazel Wood is a very creepy place, not like your typical fairytale worlds. It is brutal and deadly, with characters that are odd and strange. It would be easy to get lost in the world and never be able to leave. It’s just too creepy and terrifying for me
7. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
As alluring as Faerie worlds are, they are dangerous for humans and sometimes deadly. The humans in this story are treated unfairly and often targeted, mainly because they are human and seen as being below the faeries. Not only that, but there is so much treachery among the court that it would be a terrifying place to live as a human.
8. Angelfall by Susan Ee
Who knew angels could be menacing? In this post-apocalyptic world where angels descended on the world, it isn’t a great place for a human to live. If you aren’t hunted by the angels, then your own species will turn against you. It is a brutal world where only the strongest can survive, and I don’t think I would be cut out for it.
9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
The only version I would want to live in would be Red London. Grey London is too similar to our own world so that would be pretty boring, but White London seems too dangerous to live in. It has horrible leaders and a few shady characters that come from there, and even Red London isn’t safe from them.
10. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
After having read the first 3 books in the series, I have come to the conclusion that I would hate to live in a world that is ruled by King Gaius. He is an awful person who does whatever he wants and kills without mercy. It’s even worse if you are living in a Kingdom that he took over, such as Auranos.
Those are the ten book worlds that I would prefer not to live in, or even visit for that matter.
What would be in your top ten?