Top Ten Tuesday: I’d Never Want to Live There/Be That Person

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is worlds you’d never want to live in or characters you’d never want to trade places with.  I think this is a really unique topic so I’m going to do both.

5 Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In
The Machine by James Smythe: In this world, a Machine has been invented that allows people to erase painful memories.  However, they usually end up severely brain damaged. Not to mention something else pretty weird is happening in this world where there is flooding, land crumbling, and usually high temperatures.  I’d absolutely hate to live in the town where the book is set because the people are so jaded and there’s poverty and violence.
Divergent series by Veronica Roth: As much as I loved this series, I’d hate to live in the world of factions.  And I’d hate to live in the outside world which was revealed in the third book.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: The mystical lands in this book have plenty of magic and other cool things, but they are also kind of depressing.  The city has some pretty shady areas, there is a ton of violence and corruption, not to mention the children (especially orphans) are treated really badly.


Ex-Heroes series by Peter Clines: Who would realistically like to live in a world with zombies?  Not me! Even if it did involve super heroes like in this series.
The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters: I love this book and the setting which creates for wonderful atmosphere.  But would I want to live in it?  Absolutely not!  Having total chaos and just counting down the days until the Earth is annihilated doesn’t sound fun at all.

5 Characters I’d Never Want to Trade Places With
Marnie from The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell: Marnie is quite a rebel and has a difficult life.  Her parents are crazy and neglectful, then they end up dead and she has to bury them in her backyard.  What a life!
Tony Chu from Chew series by John Layman: It’d be cool to be able to eat stuff and know where it came from.  Then again, Chu eats some pretty gross stuff.  And it’d make it harder to eat foods that weren’t organic or grown with love because they’d probably taste really bad.
The alien from The Humans by Matt Haig: The alien came to Earth and really criticized things there.  Then he got to see the advantages of being human.  Still, he came to kill people and had a hard time adapting.  I don’t think it would be fun to be him.
Cormac Easton from The Explorer by James Smythe: This book was a total mind trip. How would you like to wake up in space and be the only surviving member of your crew? Not to mention all the other crazy things that happened which I won’t mention because it would spoil it for you.  I wouldn’t want to trade places with this guy for anything, even if it meant getting to travel in space.
Jeremiah Rice from The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan: At first I thought it’d be cool to wake up over a hundred years later after being frozen in ice.  It’s kind of like time traveling, right?  But the challenges faced by this character, not to mention the discrimination, and the difficulties he had navigating modern life.  It doesn’t seem like it’d be worth it.

Who or where are on your list?  Have you read any of these books? Do you feel the same about them as me?  Leave a link to my list so I can check it out!

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