[TOP TEN TUESDAY] Worlds I wouldn’t want to live in

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This week’s TTT, hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish, is one that definitely appealed to me! I read a lot of dystopian and apocalypse fiction so the answers came to mind pretty easily for me, so I decided to mix it up and make my post a little different. I’ve included the top six worlds I definitely would not like to live in, and the top four that I would!

Worlds I Would Hate to Live in:

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy (Panem)
Does this one really need an explanation? Not only are the citizens working to death and still starving, but they’re also being forced by an oppressive government to send their children into an arena to murder each other. Umm… I’ll pass, thanks.

2. Slated Trilogy
Kyla lives in a world where children can be taken away and have their memories ‘slated’ overnight. Accused of terrorism, they’re given a second chance under close observation with a new family, a new personality and a new mind. Sounds scary enough without even factoring in all the shady business, suspicion and lies the people responsible for slating are involved with. Nope, no thank you!

3. Penryn and the End of Days
I have no burning desire to witness the end of days, with angels of the apocalypse being sent down from Heaven to destroy everyone and everything in their path. Not my idea of a good day.

4. Blood of Eden (The Fringe)
If I were a vampire, this would definitely make it onto my list of worlds I would like to live in. Life seems pretty grand as a vampire. Sadly, being the feeble human I am, I can’t say a life of extreme poverty quaking under the constant shadow of a hoarde of predators really does it for me.

5. Mindjack Trilogy 
Living in a world filled with the constant noise of other peoples’ thoughts would drive me insane. I wouldn’t be able to deal with knowing everything someone was thinking, and knowing that they could hear exactly what I was thinking too! The privacy of your own mind is a blessing I don’t think many people would like to sacrifice.

6. Mistborn Series (Scadrial) 
This has a lot to do with the extreme poverty and dictatorship again, as found in more than a few fantasy novels. While having the powers of Allomancy would definitely be a plus, I don’t think I’d be happy to trade off for a life of scavenging and oppression.

Worlds I Would Love to Live in:

1. Harry Potter Series
I don’t believe that anyone in my generation who grew up with Harry Potter hasn’t felt the bitter pinch of disappointment when birthday after birthday their letter didn’t arrive from Hogwarts. The Harry Potter universe is a wonderful, magical place hidden within the everyday, urban, boring world of Muggles. Yeah, Voldemort might be trying to destroy everything and kill everyone in his path, but you get to be a wizard! With magic!

2. Draykon (Seven Realms)
Draykon’s world is absolutely gorgeous, filled with mysterious plants and creatures and its own unique pattern of night and day. The whole world is magical and I would just love to dive in and experience it first hand.

3. Wheel of Time 
This world is so expansive with a history so rich that it already feels like it could really exist in some kind of alternate reality. I love High Fantasy and the old-fashioned historical feel to it, so I could definitely imagine myself jumping straight into Two Rivers and joining Rand’s adventure. I think I’d like this place even if I wasn’t an Aes Sedai (but I do want to be, please oh please!).

4. Black Jewels Trilogy
A matriarchal society where nearly everyone is gifted with varying strengths of magic? Yes please! I’d take even a White jewel to live in that world! I see a pattern emerging, I clearly have a thing for the promise of magical powers. Oh dear.

I really enjoyed this weeks Top Ten Tuesday! Let me know in the comments which fictional worlds you would love or hate to live in!

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[REVIEW] Angelfall – Susan Ee

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Characters – 5/5
Plot – 3/5
Style – 4/5
Overall – 4/5

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“I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man.”

Review
Self-published urban fantasy/apocalypse novel, ANGELFALL, blew up the internet in 2011 and gained rave reviews from YA fans everywhere. Having somehow completely missed this obsession, I downloaded the eBook after falling prey to particularly aggressive Facebook advertising this summer and I absolutely devoured it.

Angels of the Apocalypse have descended upon Earth with only death and destruction in their sights, but Penryn’s attempt to escape the annihilation of her home town is halted by an angelic street fight. When one of the monsters kidnaps her disabled sister, Penryn is driven to extreme lengths to bring her home. Accompanied by her wounded hostage, the now wingless target of the brawl, she embarks on a desperate journey to save her sister, punctuated with horrifying discoveries.

I was really impressed with this book. Ee’s dialogue is on point and gives a great depth to Penryn and her captive angel, Raffe. They’re fiesty and funny together and it’s refreshing to see Ee develop a YA fantasy relationship in a natural way, rather than plumping for dreaded ‘instalove’. Penryn is strong both physically and emotionally, her voice as the narrator shows this persistant attitude and her quirky sense of humour. I really enjoyed her as a protagonist!

The plot is simple with the pace actually set quite slow until the second half where it ramps up bigtime. However, the first half definitely wasn’t boring; Ee devotes this chunk of time to moving Penryn and Raffe towards San Francisco and establishing their individual personalities and interactions with each other. I really appreciated this and barely realised the pair hadn’t done much until it came to writing up my thoughts. Ee winds conversations around actions very well.

The end was really high energy and, for me, totally unexpected, I loved the whole book and the ending definitely didn’t let me down. With rumours of a movie in development and second book in the series “World After” to be released in November this year, Susan Ee has shown just how successful self-published can be.