Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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 The Boy Next Door

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 Bone MagicianThe 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 MathesonI Am Legend

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 ShanLord Loss

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.


35081541Under 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 HigsonThe Enemy

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 CityThe 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 The Martian

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?

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

    1. Haha, I think the world of Cirque du Freak was slightly better but probably not the ideal world to live in either!


    1. I’ve only read The City & The City but I get the impression that his other books are similar! I feel like I’d end up dead in most of these worlds! 😆

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  1. I haven’t read any of these, but now I want to! 1984 has been on my list for AGES and I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I need to!! I’ve seen the movie I Am Legend and I DEFINITELY wouldn’t want to live in that world. I’m not cool enough to survive the plague, so I’d just end up as one of the crazy rabies vampire people. Hard pass. Lol. And I’ve never read the Shadyside books, but judging it off of some of Stine’s other books, I definitely wouldn’t want to live there either! Note to self: don’t move somewhere with a sketchy name like Shadyside. 😂

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    1. 1984 is a really heavy read but oh my gosh it is excellent.
      Haha, yes my fear with a lot of these worlds is that I would die instantly 😂
      You know, I didn’t even realise that Shadyside literally has the word ‘Shady’ in it haha, good spot! If you enjoyed Goosebumps though, his teen books (called the Fear Street series) are just as fun/scary!


  2. OMG The Sinister City sounds like something out of my nightmare but also very intriguing?? The cover for Under the Pendulum Sun is gorgeous and I love Fae stories that are on the dark side (although it’s indeed a one-way trip lol). I actually want to read this book!


    1. It’s really fun to read about The Sinister City from a safe distance and it makes you really root for the characters. Under the Pendulum Sun is the only book on this list I really didn’t like but the land of Arcadia was still fascinating to read about! And yes, that cover is gorgeous!


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