Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d NEVER Want To Live In

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.

A pretty straight forward topic and since we always seem to discuss bookish worlds we DO want to live in I thought it’d be interesting to do the opposite!

These are in no particular order!

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10.) Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

As much fun as I had with this book, the world is pretty brutal. People with wilder (elemental) magic are hunted and executed including children and everyone suffers under the threat of nightdrakes, flightless dragons that attack at night. So yeah, I don’t think it’d be much fun!


9.) Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Because the only thing worse than living in a zombie world is living in a zombie world set back in a time where modern weaponry and medicine isn’t available. No thank you, I’ll take the modern day zombies!


8.) Dreamfall by Amy Plum

This is more so aimed at the “dream world” in this book which is composed entirely of each character’s nightmares, so things get pretty scary!


7.) Alice by Christina Henry

This is a very dark retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” full of twisted and violent versions of our favorite characters. There are many trigger warnings for things such as violence and sexual assault, some of the characters are very, very…..well twisted as I said which definitely makes it a world I wouldn’t want to visit.


6.) Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry

Another dark retelling by Christina Henry! This one takes us to Neverland where the island is home to vengeful pirates and child-eating spiders. Plus there’s Peter…who isn’t the sweet boy we all know and love in this version… Not the Neverland I’d like to visit that’s for sure!


5.) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This is a brutal Roman-inspired fantasy world where slavery is present. There’s also quite a bit of graphic violence and female characters are under the threat of sexual assault almost constantly. The people that are ruled by the Empire are treated very cruelly making it a bookish world I wouldn’t want to pay a visit to.


4.) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy hybrid with a world similar to “An Ember in the Ashes” with slavery, a cruel caste system, and a lot of violence. As much as I’d like to pay a visit to these characters, I don’t exactly think I’d last at the Institute though.


3.) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Another sci-fi where I don’t think I’d last long, way too much political maneuvering for me!


2.) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Last sci-fi, I swear! Between the planet invading/killing, the scary space viruses, and the murderous AI I think it’s safe to say I don’t exactly want to visit this bookish world!


1.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Colllins

Do I even need to explain this one?

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Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think?

Would you want to live in these worlds?

What bookish worlds would you/wouldn’t want to live in?

Let me know in the comments!

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d NEVER Want To Live In

    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek June 27, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      That’s exactly how I feel as well, like I would try and then fail at being a badass. I know I would have for sure been a goner after the zombie/infected people took over the Alexander!

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  1. cdfolse May 29, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    I totally agree with those picks. I wouldn’t want to live in those worlds.

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  2. Darque Dreamer Reads June 3, 2018 / 11:27 am

    I’m with you on Lost Boy! Peter would find a way to murder me because I would whine too much about being outdoors and surrounded by monsters, haha!

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