Today with The Broke and The Bookish we discuss world we would never want to live in or characters we do not want to change places with. This was pretty easy and fun. I am quite happy with my life, thank you!
Worlds I don’t want to live in
1. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
I have traveled to countries where the tap water was unsafe for consumption and it was horrible. Guys, water from a bottle is just not the same! And it is annoying always having to buy the water. And imagine killing for water? No thank you.
2. The Program by Suzanne Young
It worries me how much suicide there is in our age, but a world where it is not only a fully fledged pandemic, but also “cured” in this fashion is just too much.
3. The New World from The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
I’ll be honest: I don’t really want to go to space and colonise a new planet. And I definitely don’t need a brand new planet full of the same old power-hungry people.
4. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
An era where Leprosy cannot be cured (it’s still pretty long-term) is not an era I want to go back to, ever. The island itself seems stunning, though.
5. Thisby from The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I had nightmares about those water horses! They gave me the heebie-jeebies.
6. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The idea of a world where I could be legally killed for my organs scares me to no end. That description of the operation in the book though guys… it was horrible.
Characters I don’t want to be
7. Darling from We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
I understand Zimbabwe is a beautiful country, but I do not envy the things Darling experience in Zimbabwe, and the difficulty in adjusting to a new country.
8. Raami from In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Reading about the Cambodian cruelties was really hard for me. In a way it is not that different from many other genocides and cruelties in other countries and eras, but I would never ever want for every child to go through what she experienced.
9. “A” from Every Day by David Levithan
He certainly has an exciting life, but I would never want to be in his shoes. Literally, no semblance of normalcy or routine or comfort.
1o. Animorphs by Katherine Applegate
When I was little I thought it would be so cool to morph into another animal. But then there are the brain-invading aliens and the prospect of getting stuck in a morph and… no.