Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week, we're looking at the worlds books create and whether or not we'd actually want to live there. We did a similar topic late last year about places we would want to go, so this time around I'm going to be talking about places I would not want to find myself!

Westeros (A Song of Ice and Fire): I would love to see a dragon, but Martin does not flinch from the reality of a world which has been in a state of war for years on end. It is gloomy.

Bon Temps (The Southern Vampire Mysteries): The risk of getting killed by a vampire or were-creature or even rogue maenad seems disproportionately high.

Camazotz (A Wrinkle in Time): A conformist world where everyone has outsourced all decision-making to a central authority is not for me. Also the idea of that giant brain totally freaked me out as a kid.

Gilead (The Handmaid's Tale): I like having control of my own reproductive decisions, thanks.

Olandria (The Winged Histories): Another fantasy world riven by war.

Dune (Dune): A desert world so arid that every drop of water your body produces needs to be purified and recycled so you don't die of thirst, populated by giant sandworms? Ick ick.

Oz (Wicked): A rising authoritarian state where some citizens are treated as second class is no place to want to be.

Orisha (Children of Blood and Bone): Again with totalitarian government and a war-ravaged society being a less-than-pleasant destination.

Panem (The Hunger Games): It sounds like life in the capital and the first few districts isn't too bad, but what an awful world overall.

The hospital (Blindness): This book was brilliant but the devolution of society inside the hospital is harrowing.


  1. I’d be the first to die in The Hunger Games. If I was in Westeros, I’d be one of those snow zombies. Also, no thanks to Gilead. I'll stay far away from that place.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I would set a record for fastest death in the Hunger Games...and I don't even want to think about what awful things would happen to me in Westeros!

  2. Yep for Handmaid's Tale and Hunger Games. I don't read much fantasy or dystopia so I've never heard of any of the others! But, I think I could add Station Eleven to the list?

    1. YES. Station Eleven no-goodskis. But as a native Michigander, I'm partial to the story setting. I can't help but think how gorgeous the Great Lakes would be without people around