Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're discussing the top ten worlds we'd never want to live in. Rather than simply listing ten specific novel worlds, I'm going to mix it up with some more general types of worlds that I've never, ever want to inhabit. Because that's more fun.
First, some specifics:
World of Lois Lowry's The Giver — A world without collective memories? Where you're told just how advanced/self-sufficient you should be at each age? Where you're given a career, a spouse, and children by the governmental system? Where you die when the government decides you should? Where there's no color at all? No thanks.
World of Neal Schusterman's Unwind — Absolutely nothing about this world is okay. Nothing. Abortion is not something that should be an option years after the child was born - it's not abortion at that point, but murder. Also? Unwinding is the creepiest, most disturbing thing I've ever read about.
A little more generally:
Worlds with an intense class system — Sure, I sometimes have fun trying to imagine which class I'd place myself in if I was part of this society. But class and rank systems are inherently unfair and are a great breeding ground for insurrection. (ex. Divergent by Veronica Roth)
Worlds undergoing an alien invasion — I don't believe that many aliens making the effort to travel to Earth would completely lack ulterior motives. As in, I'm pretty sure any aliens that travel to Earth would be planning on colonizing or destroying our lives. (ex. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey)
Worlds undergoing a Biblical apocalypse — Have you read the Book of Revelation? It contains some pretty terrifying stuff. Mass destruction, plagues, vengeful angels. Honestly, I'd prefer not to be around if for any Biblical apocalypse. (ex. Angelfall by Susan Ee)
Worlds undergoing a zombie apocalypse — Mostly because I know I'd be one of the first people to get eaten. Just eaten, with no potential to even turn into a zombie. Not that I'd want to have that happen to me either. (ex. This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers)
And even more generally:
Any dystopian world — Because let's be frank: a key facet of any dystopian world is the oppression. Even though most portrayals of dystopian worlds feature a revolution of some sort, there's a reason that the uprising happens. Dystopian worlds suck and generally exist to limit and control one's rights. Also, there's no way I'd be brave enough to fight against a powerful governmental system. Nor lucky enough to survive such a rebellion.
Any paranormal world — This is with the caveat that I'm not a paranormal being myself. I think it would kind of suck to be surrounded by all these paranormal beings and know that I'm normal and therefore boring. I don't want my distinguishing trait in such a world to be my humanness or play the role of the bait/sacrifice/be constantly in danger, and that's generally what happens to humans in paranormal-being infested worlds.
These are just the tip of the iceberg, really. I wouldn't want to live in a large percentage of the fictional worlds I read about, although I still do love reading the stories that take place within them. Please let me know what types of worlds you'd never want to live in!