Monday, July 23, 2012

Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings In Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
My first thought when I saw today’s Top Ten:
Oh yeah. So easy.
We’ll see about that, now won’t we?
Without further ado…
*Just as a side note, I’m not the best at remembering names, so if I get the name of a world wrong, feel free to correct me*
1) The Outside (?) in Under the Never Sky (This was the first one that came to mind. I love love love the world that Veronica creates. Aethers are so much cooler than thunder storms. You’re thinking, “Yeah, and way more dangerous,” but hey- sometimes beautiful things are deadly.)
2) Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings (I know, I know. I just broke the hearts of all the LotR fans out there when I put Middle Earth in *gasp* second place. But honestly, it’s amazing. Tolkien is a genius. LotR is epic. That’s all I have to say. Period.)
3) Panem in The Hunger Games (I bet my bookshelf that this one is going to be on everyone’s list, but allow me to be cliché just this once. I instantly loved the future/post-apocalyptic world that Suzanne created. It’s not flashy or brilliant, but it is like a warning as to what our world might look like one day due to mankind’s character (love of violence, money, entertainment, etc). It’s thought-provoking, and I love the depth and meaning it carries.
4) Neverland in Peter Pan (Come on, you had to see this one coming. Neverland is the king of all fantasy worlds. Mermaids, pirates, fairies, and rambunctious little boys; it has it all. And it’s the home of none other than Peter Pan! “Second star to the right, and straight on till morning…”)
5) The Society in Matched and Crossed (I’m honestly not sure what I like about The Society; it’s simple and plain. It’s kind of like an Amish community in a way- all rules and no play. I like how it’s unique from other dystopian worlds in that people are given the pills for certain situations. Matched was the first dystopian I ever read, so The Society is kind of the building block that I relate all other dystopian worlds to.)
6) The World of the Thinkers (?) in Possession (I can’t remember the exact name of the world in Possession, but it was very cool. Very futuristic and techy, but at the same time almost post-apocalyptic. It reminded me a lot of The Society; see above.)
7) Narnia from The Chronicles of Narnia (Narnia is…amazing. There are no words for it. It was the fairy-tale dream land we all grew up in because our parents would read us the books at night. It’s attached to our childhoods in that way, so it’s automatically special. It’s a lot like Middle Earth in a way. Tolkien and Lewis were friends, so I wonder if they stole/shared some of each other’s ideas. *grin* Narnia’s a place of snow and ice, of rolling hills and mountains, of fawns with umbrellas and lions to guard us. Narnia’s the fantasy world that holds my childhood heart. It’ll never be forgotten.
8) Incarceron and “the outer world” in Incarceron (This world…this book…just blew my mind. To pieces. It’s absolutely amazing and…well, mind blowing describes it perfectly. It’s all kind of confusing until the end in the second book, when it’s all revealed and you figure it out. Then you just sit back and stare in wonder. Mind. Blowing.)
9) The Republic from Legend (Just because I like post-apocalyptic worlds.)
10) Future Chicago from Divergent (When I went ziplining last week I kept pretending I was flying off the Hancock building…)
Runners- up:
The Kingdom (?) from The Pledge
The Mountains from my NaNoWriMo novel which I have yet to title (of course I think the world I created is pretty awesome, but I thought it might be a bit conceited to put my own on the list…*grin*)
Leave a comment with your Top Ten!


  1. I have so many memories of Narnia from when I was in a kid. I think I spent a lot of time looking for doors in the back of closets.

  2. Middle Earth and Narnia are (of course) in mine as well. I agree about Under the Never Sky and the aether. Awesome list. :)

  3. Incarceron was indeed awesome (I need to finish the rest of that series) and Legend is just sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read!

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  4. Great list! I really need to read Legend :-)


  5. Middle Earth! Panem! Neverland! Narnia! Great list! I totally forgot about Incarceron, but it is a world I haven't forgotten the details of -- and it's been months since I read it.

  6. I completely forgot about Incarceron. One of the few books that I wish there were more.

  7. I loved Under the Never Sky! It was so interesting to see the two contrasting worlds. Of course everyone has THG/Panem, but I honestly think that world is what made the book so great for me!

  8. Great to see Legend and Divergent mentioned! And your description of Incarceron and Under the Never Sky really make me want to read these now!

  9. Now that I've just come back from Chicago and now that I've just completed the amazing Architectural Boat Tour, I wish that I could reread Divergent!

    Here's my Top Ten Most Vivid Settings in Books.I'd love for you to stop by and see what you think!

  10. The security of Narnia was a special place for many. Fantastic list!
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

  11. Great top ten! I had Panem on my list too. I hadn't even thought of using the Society in Matched & Crossed! Thanks for sharing. :)


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