I Don’t Even Want to Go There! (Top Ten Tuesday)

January 28, 2014 Dystopian, Top Ten Tuesday, Zombies 39

Greetings Bookworms,

It’s Tuesday and the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish have a fabulous topic for us today. They’ve asked us to list out societies we’d never want to live in and/or characters we’d never want to trade places with. Dystopias and post-apocalyptic novels are some of my favorite books, so I’m really excited! Let’s get to listing, shall we?

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1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (my review): Hmmmm, let’s think. Why wouldn’t I want to live in a world where women are enslaved and used strictly to breed children? Maybe I picked the husband I wanted and have no desire to be reassigned by a terrifying religious government. Maybe it’s because if I’m going to grow a kid, I’d like to keep it. Maybe it’s because they no longer allow women to read?! Plus, that whole winged hat thing is a bad look for me.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Children fighting to the death. For sport. Even if you don’t get chosen yourself, your kid someday might. Let’s talk about the worst thing ever. I think this is pretty much it.

Try not to cry. I dare you. (Source)

Try not to cry. I dare you. (Source)

3. The Passage by Justin Cronin (my review): I had some serious anxiety reading about the people living in the compound. Nearly 100 years since the vampire apocalypse, this fledgling society lives on a wing and a prayer… And the rapidly deteriorating battery powered lights that keep them from being eaten every night. 

4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (my review): We never find out exactly what happened to the world, but nothing grows, everything is coated in ash, and there are bands of cannibals roaming the countryside. It’s so freaking BLEAK, and I don’t want to go there ever, ever, ever!

5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: How would you like to grow up knowing that you were a clone being used for spare parts? Don’t get too attached to those kidneys now, kids.

6. World War Z by Max Brooks (my review): I had SO MANY NIGHTMARES reading this book. It’s a fantastic look at what would happen to the world during a zombie apocalypse.

7. The Stand by Stephen King (my review): As if surviving the deadliest strain of the flu EVER and trying to find other survivors weren’t enough of a challenge, the friggin devil incarnate is out there causing trouble? Yep, I could live my life without going through THAT madness.

8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (my review): Oh, I won’t lie. There are days when a dose of Soma sounds like a grand idea… But I’m not big on societally mandated orgies. Sorry y’all.

9. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (my review): Nuclear War is THE WORST. I don’t want to live through that.

10. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin: I don’t know what’s the worst thing about living in this world. The brutal “justice” meted out by wicked royals? There’s no telling when winter will end? The friggin zombie things living behind the ice wall? Heck, Martin is so fond of killing off characters I’d probably already be dead. Westeros, I shan’t be visiting!

Alright Bookworms, it’s your turn! What books would you NOT want to be sucked into??? 

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39 Responses to “I Don’t Even Want to Go There! (Top Ten Tuesday)”

  1. Tabitha

    My first reaction was a Handmaids tail, then the The Chrysalids by John Wyndham then… Animal Farm :s

  2. Megan M.

    These all sound terrifying. Oh, man, Never Let Me Go. I only saw the film, but it absolutely killed me. And Game of Thrones, yep, never would I ever want to live in those books.

  3. Ashley F

    OMG I love this list. I’m thinking anything involving zombies or biological plague is a big no-no for me.

    I’m thinking I’ve read enough Stephen King books to never want to live in a small town in Maine.

    • Ashley F

      And can we mention that I don’t want to live anywhere near Coraline (I know you love you some Neil Gaiman). Creepy button eye mom’s are not for me.

      • Words For Worms

        Oh yeah, I’m staying FAR AWAY from Coraline’s weird other dimension… Well… Practically all Gaiman really. I don’t want to be inside that mess, what with the deities running amok and the sewers and the button eyes…

        • Ashley F

          Eww I forgot about the sewers.

          And can I also mention, although I know we both love us some Medieval Scotland, can we not go unless there’s a full plan for grooming and hygiene?

      • Ashley F

        It’s totally true. Between zombie cats, pissed off teenagers, rabbid dogs and crazy clowns, keep me the hell away from there….although I’m sure Maine is totally nice in real life. Fictional Maine? Hell no!!!

  4. Jennine G.

    This is an AWESOME list! The Road scared me so badly I had to leave it at work to read on my free period…before bed was just too much. I don’t think it was scary, scary…I think it was the child and not knowing what would happen to him, the mom in me couldn’t take it.

    I have The Passage and Never Let Me Go as well…this makes me want to read them sooner!

    Besides dystopian, I’d never want to live in any book set before the time of electricity, indoor heat and plumbing. I’m really fond of those things. I’d visit Little House on the Prairie, but I wouldn’t stay!

    • Words For Worms

      YES! It wasn’t so much a startling scary, just a bleak depressing suspense! I share your love of electricity and indoor plumbing, I keep a running tally of things I should keep in my purse *just in case* I get sucked back in time. Toilet paper!

  5. April @ The Steadfast Reader

    Our first two are exactly the same… I’m not gonna lie, I’d try my hand in Brave New World, but when you phrase it like ‘societally mandated orgies’ well… suddenly, it’s back on the list.

    I was so close to The Song of Ice and Fire, The Passage, and The Stand but I went a different direction. 🙂 I needed honorable mentions on this list.

    • Words For Worms

      LOL, you know it doesn’t seem so bad until they start giving you the side eye for being monogamous… Honorable mentions would have been a great idea, I can think of more!

  6. Psychobabble

    Ditto, ditto for The Road. OMG, I had never read anything so bleak before. And I also share your experience around having nightmares caused by World War Z. There is a part of me that really wants to see how I would do in a zombie apocalypse, though. Maybe I’ll save that for virtual reality.

    • Words For Worms

      Sooooooo bleak! If a zombie apocalypse actually happened, I’d want you on my team! (Of course, I’d get eaten basically immediately, but I wouldn’t hold it against you if you had to put me down. You could keep me as a pet though. That’d be fine too.)

  7. AMB (Koiviolet)

    Great list! For me, the top of the list would be the characters in Wuthering Heights, which I’m re-visiting right now as part of a read-along. Not only are the characters horrible people (particularly Catherine and Heathcliff), but they also live in a society where the life expectancy is very low. They are obsessed with death for a reason. I want modern medicine!

    • Words For Worms

      Oh man, Wuthering Heights! Heck yes, modern medicine! I like being able to be out in the rain and not just dying as a result. Both Catherine and Heathcliff are terrible human beings.

  8. Hannah

    Really? NOBODY?? Fine, I’ll say it because it’s been on my mind lately: 50 Shades of Gray. I don’t even know if I spelled it correctly, and I don’t really care. I don’t want to be in that book.

    Or, I Am Legend. That was just sad. 🙁

    • Words For Worms

      LOL, the thing about 50 Shades is that it’s not a whole world. Like, if you don’t want to be in a whiny abusive relationship you can just not do that. If I had to trade places with Ana, I’d grow a pair, find a functional relationship, and get a real job. Harumph! (I Am Legend was super sad, I wouldn’t want to live there either!)

    • Megan M.

      Bahaha! I love you for saying this! I’ve read enough recap reviews to know that I don’t EVER wanna live in that book!

  9. Melinda

    When I read number 1 I was thinking “Is she going to mention the fact that women are not allowed to read” cos I think that’s just horrible. I would die.
    The Hunger Games is a no-go for me too. That’s the only two books from your list I’ve read…

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