May 29: Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In
My answers for this week’s topic are probably not going to be terribly unique, and could probably double up as simply a list of dystopian novels. Are there any less obvious choices you’d make? Any worlds everyone loves but that you’d hate to live in?
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton.
Beauty standards have reached terrifying heights and even the prestigious Belles are actually living in fear with no real freedom.
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant.
How awesome who it be to live in a world where you find out mermaids are real!– but! — they’re not beautiful, mythical or fantastic: they want to eat your face. Heart-breaking is what! This book was amazing and will put me off cruises for a long time.
Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu.
This whole world was just terrifying and violent and dark. I don’t think I’d survive for a moment. I’d just curl up in a corner and cry.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.
Okay, I’ll admit Red London is amazing. It’s luscious and magical and I’d love to live there. But Black London and White London are both terrifying. Two out of three aren’t great odds — definitely not enough to risk getting stuck with the Danes.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (also: Divergent, The Maze Runner etc.) Basically the world is terrible, authority figures are corrupt and the protagonists suffer horribly. Great to read, not so great in real life.