This week’s prompt is: bookish worlds I’d never want to live in. I was excited about this topic because there are lots of books I enjoyed reading but feature worlds that I would either hate living in or end up dead in (mostly the latter).
1984 – George Orwell
Alternate London in 1984 is horrific. The best and scariest dystopia I have ever read because it is so easy to see how we’d get there. Constant surveillance, thought police and fictional wars and enemies to keep people distracted from real problems.
Shadyside – R.L. Stine
Stine’s series of teen horror books are all set in the American town of Shadyside and specifically revolve around the cursed Fear Street. As you can imagine, this seems like an innocent town in America but with vampires, murderers and ghosts involved, mortality rates are high in Shadyside.
The Sinister City – F.E. Higgins
The four books set in the Sinister City, an alternate Victorian analogue of London. The general horrors of Victorian England are amplified and the city is full of the worst people, from parents who try to sell your teeth to undertakers who torture the dead to check if they are indeed deceased.
I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
The world of I Am Legend is a post-apocalyptic future where everyone has succumbed to the vampire-like plague leaving only one man on earth. If I existed in this world, I would either be the only other human to survive (still quite lonely and depressing) or someone who is suffering from the vampire plague which doesn’t sound too appealing either.
Malice – Chris Wooding
Malice exists only within a comic book and you have to summon Tall Jake to go to it, but I can’t imagine why anyone would. Malice is trying to kill you from clockwork beasties to ogres and I don’t think I would survive.
Demonata Universe – Darren Shan
In this universe demons exist and can be summoned to our world, often with horrific consequences. I don’t think I’d want to be one of the teens attempting to fight the demon master Lord Loss or be a NPC really as I think I’d end up dead in either case.
Under the Pendulum Sun – Jeanette Ng
A gothic, neo-Victorian tale in which the Fae world Arcadia exists alongside the rest of the world. Arcadia is creepy, full of horrific Fae and I get the feeling that visiting it would be a one-way trip.
The Enemy – Charlie Higson
Another post-apocalyptic world where everyone above the age of 14 has become a zombie. I never finished this series, so I’m not sure if it ended on a positive note but lots of characters died regardless. Can you tell I like reading about apocalypses more than I’d like to be part of one?
The City & The City – China Miéville
In this world there are two cities existing parallel to each other but neither can acknowledge the other’s existence. If your ball crosses the street to the other city, you can’t go fetch it. If a murder happens and you’re the only witness you can’t report it. It’s mad.
The Martian – Andy Weir
I’ve just finished reading The Martian and the conclusion I’ve come to is that Mars wants to kill you. It is freezing, there’s no water, sandstorms can last months, the air is unbreathable. Why would anyone want to colonise Mars?
Have I got any wrong? Would you want to live in one of these worlds? Do you think you would survive the apocalypse?