Top Top Tuesday: Worlds We Wouldn’t Want to Live In

Posted January 28, 2014 by Kara in Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 14 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme: Worlds I wouldn’t want to live in, or characters
I wouldn’t want to trade places with

I think, for the most part, I wouldn’t want to trade places with any character.  Since they’re a character in a book, that usually means a lot of hardship and conflict is on its way.  So I decided that today I would pick worlds I definitely did not want to live in.

Bekka’s Picks

1.  Panem – The Hunger Games.  I guess it would be okay to live in the Capitol where you’re safe from the Reaping.  But I still wouldn’t want to live in a place where the Reaping and the Games exist.  And I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in any of the districts where I, my siblings, and any future children could be thrown into the arena and made to fight to the death.

2.  Anywhere in Enclave.  We’re shown three distinct settings:  the underground enclaves, the surface, and the protected community, and I wouldn’t want to live in any of those situations.  Not the enclaves where people a) live underground, and b) are forced to become breeders, builders, or hunters. No thanks.  The surface is riddled with gang violence.  And the community reminds me of any strange dystopian society where women are once again second-class citizens for no actual reason.

3.  Arras in Crewel.  The Spinsters have the power to rip people out of the fabric of existence, so that those around them would never even notice they’re gone, or remember they were there in the first place. Also, the government regulates marriages and childbirth, etc.

4.  The United States in Uninvited.  Scientists have isolated the gene that indicates whether one is likely to murder.  Since this development, the US government has given all the control to a private company, and people are being prosecuted for crimes before they’ve even happened.  I do not want to live somewhere where my genes are being policed.

5.  Earth in The 5th Wave.  Alien abduction is kind of terrifying.  Not that I think it’s actually true, but the thought of aliens coming down and taking you in the middle of the night and experimenting on you kind of freaks me the fuck out.  It’s 1000x worse in The 5th Wave wherein aliens have taken over the entire planet.  It’s scary, it’s horrifying, even if I didn’t like the book all that much.

Lyn’s Picks
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The Hunger Games series universe – Simply put, I would die if I was reaped. Seriously. I might talk like some Hulk-like creature on Twitter, but up against real violence, I crumble and curl up into a ball.
Angelfall Series Earth – Hot angels aside, this world sucks. Things constantly wanting to kill me/eat me do not sound ideal. I get enough of that in my real life.
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls town – Even though the entire story takes place in one town, I believe I would rip off my own skin if I had to live in such a setting. This book still makes me shiver.
Divergent universe series – I cannot image living in a place that only lets people be a rigorous stereotype of their own division of society. It just isn’t healthy or realistic.
Dustlands series United States of America – Civilization collapses and it is a free-for-all society? Yeah, I don’t see myself at the top of the food chain here.

14 responses to “Top Top Tuesday: Worlds We Wouldn’t Want to Live In

  1. I wouldn’t want to be in books like The 5th Wave, Angelfall or Blood Red Road either. I have no survival skills whatsoever so yeah I couldn’t handle living in those worlds. And yeah, if I was reaped I would die too. Like, right away probably. But if I would find myself magically in Panem right now, at least I’m too old for the games 😉

  2. I love that Panem is on so many people’s lists this week. I wouldn’t even want to live in the Capitol, because watching kids die would be awful.

    I haven’t read Crewel but I think I need to now, just because the Spinsters sound awesomely terrifying.

    Blood Red Road was on my list too. The thought of having no government is scary. And let’s be honest, I’d never be able to feed myself. I rely on the supermarket too much!

  3. These are some great picks girls! I totally agree with Lynn on the Dustlands, it’s scary as hell and on my list, and while I haven’t read any of the others, I’ve heard enough to know that they’re very scary worlds! This is a great list, the both of you 🙂

    Amanda (Book Badger)
    My Top Ten Tuesdays #12

  4. Yeah, I’d definitely be the first Tribute in the sky… my survival skills are nonexistent and I don’t like blood.

    Great picks! These lists are always dangerous for my Amazon wish list!

  5. I think I’d stay out of any and all worlds I read about. There are several places I just love to read about, but somehow, I like my own little world the best anyway 🙂 Survival skills and fighting skills are both missing for me – I could probably find, and even kill my own food if I had to, but fighting with vampires or jealous high-school girls would not be my thing 😀

    Great list, ladies. Have a fantastic week.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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