Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I Wouldn’t Want to Live In

The prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In. There are a lot of bookish worlds I’d love to visit, but I think there are more I’d like to avoid. (Dystopians, anybody?) Here are ten worlds I definitely do not want to visit, let alone live in.

Panem from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I don’t know about you, but being forced to enter a lottery to compete in a games to death all the while living in poverty and oppression doesn’t sound like the ideal world.

Gilead from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: We can pretty much agree that any dystopian world sounds terrible, but I think Margaret Atwood’s dystopian America is extra horrifying.


The Grishaverse from Six of Crows/Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: As much as I love the magic system and the characters from these books, I don’t think I’d want to live in this world. There’s a lot of violence and poverty and terrible, terrible people.

Camorr from The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch: This book was fantastic, but Camorr is a brutal place, especially for orphans. Not a place I’m itching to visit anytime soon.

Illuminae Files Universes by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: So much bad happens in these books—death, disease, space zombies, etc. While it makes for an entertaining story that keeps you reading, I wouldn’t want to be in the space shoes of any of the characters. It’s too crazy and creepy.

Tokyo-3 from Neon Genesis Evangelion by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto: Giant alien “angels” attacking a major city with absolutely no hope for survival along with a whole lot of other crazy stuff? Yeah, no thank you.

Injustice Universe from Injustice: Gods Among Us by Tom Taylor and Brian Buccellato: While the concept of an “evil” Superman makes for an interesting and complex story, I’m not sure the world Superman creates by becoming the world’s protector tyrant is one I’d want to live in. For this one, I’m siding with Batman, which probably means I won’t survive anyways.

White London from Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab: I don’t know if I’d want to live in Black London or Red London, but I definitely don’t want to live in White London. It’s a cold, emotionless place full of violence and cruelty. Just look at how Holland turned out living there.

Verity from Monsters of Verity series by Victoria Schwab: It must be Schwab’s specialty to create creepy worlds I never want to visit, but Verity is one of the worst. The descriptions of the corsai monsters in the tunnels, the red-eyed malchai, and even the sunai stealing the life force from a sinner still make my skin crawl.

Prentisstown from Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness: Not only would living in Prentisstown mean I, as a female, would either be dead or hunted, I’m not sure I’d want to live in a place where I could hear everybody’s thoughts all the time. That would get annoying fast. So would being hunted down because I’m a girl.

Which bookish worlds would you not want to live in? Don’t forget to join the link-up!




3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I Wouldn’t Want to Live In

  1. I decided to do worlds I WOULD want to live in, because there’s a lot fewer of them! I read enough dystopia and YA fiction that the worlds I don’t want to live in – including the first three you listed – far outnumber the worlds I’d be okay with. I’d never heard of the Chaos Walking world, that looks fascinating!
    My TTT:

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    • There are probably less than places I’d want to live in as well. I misread the prompt and didn’t realize it was a choice between worlds I’d want to live in and worlds I wouldn’t. Still, it was fun a list to come up with. 🙂

      The Chaos Walking world is from The Knife of Never Letting Go from Patrick Ness, which is book one of the trilogy. It’s pretty crazy and somewhat creepy, but such a good book.

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  2. Panem seems to top just about everyone’s lists this week… not that I can blame us. (It’s on my list, too.) There are so many places where just being there can get you killed. it’s a wonder there are any supporting characters in some of these novels. 😉


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