TTT – Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In / Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With


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Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In OR Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

River’s top five

1. The Newsflesh series by Mira Grant — guys, if you know me, you KNOW I am deathly, terribly, horribly pee-my-pants-scared of zombies. It is literally my biggest fear in life (yes, I am being serious). In order to face my fears (because, how dumb am I?) Sam kindasorta forced me to read this series and holy. shit. I had some nightmares. This is my nightmare world.

2. Rowan from Me Since You by Laura Wiess — This book broke my heart and I would wish Rowan’s situation on no one.

3. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne — If the zombie apocalypse doesn’t happen first, then this is how I imagine the world ending. Giant balls of ice falling from the sky. Huge earthquakes. Loss of power. And then add in a government experiment leaking out (not zombies) into the world turning people into monsters (not zombies). Yeah, the world in this book… not something I’d ever like to experience.

4. Fia in Mind Games by Kiersten White — I love Fia, but I would NOT want to be her. I wouldn’t want to be inside of her mind, or do the things that she does. I also wouldn’t want to feel the way she does when she goes against her perfect intuition.

5. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis — NO WATER. This world was gritty and just, no thank you. I enjoy turning on the tap and having the water come out. I enjoy buying a bottle of water on a hot day for a buck fifty. I’ve lived through enough Michigan winters to know what it’s like to NOT have water and no, no thank you.

Sam’s top five

1. Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami — while it’s not a YA or MG choice, this is one of my favourite novels and it’s one that is in the mind of one man living in two different worlds… did I mention both worlds suck? Hardboiled Wonderland is a world where people are constantly on the run, fearing technology and other worldly disturbances, while End of the World is nomadic, desolate and malicious. Both worlds focus on the isolation of the protagonist, but they never give the reader a sense that either world is, in fact, ideal to live in. Having mentioned this book again, I feel like a reread is in order because it is SO AWESOME.
2. The Rule of Three by Eric Walters — Walter’s most recent novel exploits one of my greatest fears — a world without power. Not mental power, but electricity. Considering how much we depend on power for heating, air conditioning, to power our various needs (computers, internet, etc) it’d be terrifying in this day and age to live without it considering how spoiled a lot of us are by it. I don’t know if I could trade places with Adam and Todd and survive because admittedly I love my comforts of home. But of all the worlds I’ve recently read about, this one in particular sticks out in my mind because it has the most possibility of actually happening.
3. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami — Let’s face it, no one wants to live in a dystopian society where you’re asked to murder your fellow classmates on live television. For all of Shuya Nanahara’s troubles, he’s forced to witness the deaths of many of his friends and classmates in a deadly game presented by a hype Confucianist/Tyrannical society, and he is forced to relive memories of what made those people so good, yet do such dastardly things for the sake of survival.  The Hunger Games really has nothing on this novel.
4. Any Heroine in a Courtney Summers novel, but particularly Regina in “Some Girls Are” — Let’s face it, Courtney Summers writes some of the ugliest girls in YA and does it with intense ease… it’s kind of terrifying really. Regina’s clique in “Some Girls Are” is probably one of the scariest I’ve ever read about in a novel because they come across fearless, unafraid of consequences, showing no signs of remorse. Regina when she leaves the clique really has her hands full, and for all the torment and fighting back, you get an ending in this novel that is just really unnerving. Anna Morrison (leader of the Fearsome Five) is legitimately one of the scariest girls I’ve ever read about.
5. Gotham City from Batman — I am huge Batman fangirl, but I never ever would want to live in Gotham. Gotham is one of the darkest cities to grace fiction and it’s one full of demons, ghouls, psychopaths and sociopaths, and yet it’s a world I always come back to because it gives me the chills. I’d never want to be in Bruce Wayne’s shoes because every day always feels like it could be the last — you never know who might try to take you down. It’s hard in some ways, because every author who takes on Batman has a unique way of showcasing Gotham but lately I’ve had a lot of love for Scott Snyder’s interpretation because it’s a genuinely horrifying version of Gotham. He treats it like there’s no escape, and that gives me the chills.

2 thoughts on “TTT – Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In / Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With

  1. barefootmedstudent

    Amazing choices! Battle Royale was so scary that I actually did not finish the book. I just couldn’t. I really enjoyed Feed (for lack of a better word) but have not read the rest of the series. Mostly the shooting-contaminated-needles part freaked me out, since I work with HIV-patients every day…

    I’ve been thinking of reading Monument 14 but I’m just not sure about it… Do you recommend it?


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