Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In.

January 28, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 10


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Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In.


The Handmaid's tale

1.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

World: Gilead

Description of world: a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving. Women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming any friendships.

No book club nights then ladies! – Natasha and Leila

2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

World: The Chemical Gardens

Description of world (Goodreads): A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

According to DeStefano I’d already be dead. – Leila


Hunger Games

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

World: Panem

Description of World: Panem” has risen from the ashes of a post-apocalyptic North America. Panem’s seat of power is a utopian city, called “The Capitol,”  but outside of the Capitol, the nation is divided into twelve districts under an authoritarian and totalitarian dictatorship. Every year since the Dark Days, which occurred 75 years ago, the Capitol hosts an event called the Hunger Games. The Games consist of a gladiatorial combat fought amongst twenty-four children (tributes) aged 12–18, with one boy and one girl chosen by lottery from each district.

I remember being shocked at such an awful premise when I first read this book, and by the end of the series I was even more horrified. I really hope this never happens! – Angelya

4. 1984 by George Orwell

World: Airstrip One

Description of world (wikipedia):  a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and publicmind control, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or, in the government’s invented language, Newspeak, called Ingsoc) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as “thoughtcrimes.”

Big Brother is ALWAYS watching.-  Natasha



5.  Angelfall by Susan Ee

World: Earth during End of Days

Description of world: Angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

Scary, scary Angels!- Philippa

6. Wool by Hugh Howey

World: Silo

Description of World (goodreads): In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them.

There is no such thing as a healthy tan, but imagine spending your entire life underground! No thank you.- Natasha


Game of Thrones

7.  A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

World: Westeros

Description of world (A Wiki of Ice and Fire): Westeros is one of the four known continents in the known world, the others being Essos, Sothoryos, and Ulthos. Most of the area of Westeros is covered by a political entity known as the Seven Kingdoms, while the far north beyond the Wall includes the free folk. The closest foreign nations to Westeros are the Free Cities, a collection of independent city-states across the narrow sea in western Essos.

Even though the world of Westeros seems pretty cool, at the moment in the stories it’s a pretty messed up place. – Angelya

No. Nuh-uh. I wouldn’t be a royal, that’s something, but the poor folk have it even worse! – Hannah

8. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

World: Wonderland

Description of World (Goodreads): Journey with Alice down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder where oddities, logic and wordplay rule supreme. Encounter characters like the grinning Cheshire Cat who can vanish into thin air, the cryptic Mad Hatter who speaks in riddles and the harrowing Queen of Hearts obsessed with the phrase “Off with their heads!” This is a land where rules have no boundaries, eating mushrooms will make you grow or shrink, croquet is played with flamingos and hedgehogs, and exorbitant trials are held for the theft of tarts.

While on the surface Wonderland seems like.. well.. a world of wonder, there is so much darkness and fear within. There’s a good reason Alice desperately tried to leave. – Hannah

Alice in wonderland


9. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

World: Dystopian USA

Description of World (Goodreads): The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end.

There is something downright wrong about a world where parents can leave their babies on the doorstep of other houses and can choose if the child is being “difficult” to effectively donate the kid to be a live organ donor… how anyone survived the toddlers years is beyond me! – Philippa

10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

World: Post-literate USA (anytime after 1960)

Description of World: A future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found.

A world that outlaws books would be terrifying! – Philippa and Natasha

Fahrenheit 451


Natasha lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son. She is a self confessed bibliophile who enjoys literature and adult fiction. She also loves travelling and aims to visit 40 countries by the time she is 40 (current count 36).

10 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In.”

    • Natasha

      There are so many horrific book worlds out there it was hard to choose 🙂 I loved 1984, let me know what you think when you get around to reading it.

    • Natasha

      Hey, I also see you are from the Eastern Cape! I went to Rhodes University, so that part of the world has a very special place in my heart 🙂

    • Natasha

      Any world where woman exist purely to breed completely freaks me out. I already hate people telling me what to do – I wouldn’t survive long in Gilead (or in a zombie apocalypse – but that is another story)

  1. Jenn

    Great list. I would not want to live in the world of Fahrenheit 451. Besides not having enough space to hide books, and the unwanted stress of keeping all that a secret, I would feel that not engaging my mind would ruin my quality of life.
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