TOP 5 FRIDAY: Dystopian Worlds
OK, so a dystopian world doesn’t really sound like it’d be top of anyone’s holiday list, but some of places I read about sound so much more interesting than the real world I almost wish I was there. Almost. Here’s the run-down of the best five …
1. The Capitol in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
If you put aside the inequality and indiscriminate murder of children for sport, the Capitol would be a pretty amazing place to live. Where else could you dye your skin purple and get whisker implants? Or wear extravagant costumes every day and get gems implanted into your skin. And that’s not even mentioning the luxurious housing and fantastic food. Shame about the dictator though …
2. Newcago in Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Although ruled by the inhumane and invulnerable Epic, Steelheart, Newcago is a pretty well-run city in the post-Calamity world. While the rest of the US still lawless and uncivilised, Newcago citizens have food, water, electricity and jobs – what’s not to like? Just as long as you avoid Steelheart when he’s in a bit of a temper and don’t get lost in the underground tunnels, I’m sure living in Newcago would be peachy. You’ve got to admit, living in a city turned to steel is pretty damn cool.
Not quite as clear-cut dystopian as the rest featured on this list, Tella’s world in Fire & Flood is so similar to ours, but her world has genetically modified animals with magical abilities! Who wouldn’t want to live in a world with a lion who can breathe fire? I mean, what could go wrong?!
4. Post-apocalyptic Chicago in Divergent by Veronica Roth
While a little bit dilapidated, something about the faction-divided city interests me. Perhaps it’s the fact that I could explore the remnants of the city, seeing what time had done to Chicago’s landmarks. Or maybe (more likely!) it’s because the idea of classifying and dividing citizens by character traits appeals to the hyper-organised pedant in me. Best not forget the label-maker!
5. The FAYZ in Gone by Michael Grant
This is probably the last place I’d ever want to live, but my child-self would definitely have liked the idea of a world without adults. I could eat ice-cream for tea and go to bed whenever I want. Definitely a place to avoid after a few weeks without adults, when all the food runs out, but it would be on my list for a short holiday (even if the reality would be absolutely terrifying).
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