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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.
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.