[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!

[REVIEW] Open Minds – Susan Kaye Quinn

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Summary
Characters – 3/5
Plot – 4/5
Style – 3/5
World Building – 4/5
Overall – 3/5

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“Mindreading is the new normal but when Kira discovers her developing power is different she realises she needs to step up & expose the truth.”

Review
OPEN MINDS is the first in a trilogy of urban sci-fi novels by Susan Kaye Quinn, set in a silent future in which nearly all humans have evolved to read minds. At 16 Kira is still waiting to become a changeling and fears she will never develop mind reading, leaving her a zero for the rest of her life. However, after accidentally knocking her best friend unconscious with her mind, Kira soon discovers that the power she is developing is far more dangerous and exciting than she ever thought possible. Under the instruction of fellow mindjacker, Simon, Kira hones her skills determined to keep them a secret. But surrounded by mind readers, no secret is safe.

I loved the concept and the ideas behind OPEN MINDS. Kira’s world is completely fitted to accommodate mind readers in every way, from mind controlled cars and appliances to the new social norms of silence and no touching. Every aspect of the world seems well thought out and I love this kind of attention to detail. It’s very easy to dump a story straight into our society, but adapting it and moving it forward is so much more interesting to read.

The actual abilities of mind readers and mind jackers have limitations and individual differences, something I think everything sci-fi/fantasy novel needs. I enjoyed learning more about what Kira could do towards the second half of the book as she starts to experiment, after Simon initially took her under his wing to show her the basics. Of course, as in all YA fiction, our protagonist is the best/strongest/only one who can save the day; the story would have worked fine if Kira was just average. But who wants to read about an average girl?

I found Kira to be quite irritating at times as she had a bit of a Bella Swan attitude in the high school setting. The token love triangle with the old best friend and the new interesting guy annoyed me, especially when it was suddenly resolved it with no real thought process to back it up. Although I am glad it didn’t stretch out much longer, the reasons behind her choices could have been explored a little more.

As soon as Kira got out of the school in the second half she became the biggest badass ever! I absolutely loved her from then on. She saw that the situation and this new power was bigger than her, she saw what was at stake and stepped up. The second half of the book was without a doubt the better half; the pace and excitement picked up and I felt really invested in the plot and Kira’s safety.

The end came very suddenly and felt like a bit of an anticlimax after all the build up of the last few chapters. I honestly thought I’d reached the end of a chapter and there was another one to come. It won’t stop me picking up the next book in the series but everything definitely felt a little too resolved without a dramatic hook ready for CLOSED HEARTS (book two).

Overall, OPEN MINDS was an easy read with a great concept. I’m looking forward to picking up the next books in the series and while it’s not the most thought-provoking or challenging novel, I did enjoy it quite a bit. If you’re struggling through the stereotypical high school drama I would urge you to stick it out; it does get better!

I received OPEN MINDS for free from the lovely people at StoryBundle.com. My reviews always represent my own honest opinion.