Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

I stumbled across this today and thought it would be fun to take part.

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Anyone is welcome to join. Simply link back to The Broke and the Bookish post on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and add your name to the linky widget so that everyone can check out the top ten lists of other bloggers. This week’s theme:

Top 10 Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

   I Am Legend
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

You are the last living human on Earth… but you’re not alone. Every other being on the planet has turned into a vampire and they’re hungry for blood, your blood. Most of us have a healthy fear of the dark on occasion, but in this world you will pray for the dawn. Every. Single. Night.

 

the hunger gamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In post-apocalyptic North America, the government of Panem has subdivided the nation into districts that serve the Capitol. Those living in the Capitol enjoy a life of luxury in stark contrast to the oppressive environment of the districts. Basic necessities such as food are restricted to the point of starvation so that the primary focus of the people in the districts is self-preservation and not rebellion. But to ensure  acquiescence of the districts and as punishment for a past rebellion, the Capitol hosts the annual Hunger Games, an event where one boy and one girl from each district must take part in a gladiator type fight… to the death, with only one victor remaining.  

 

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The US falls under control of an ultra-conservative theocratic dictatorship. The human race is declining due to sterilization caused by chemical pollution. Women’s rights have been stripped away, and the few who remain fertile serve as concubines for reproductive purposes to the upper class.

brave new worldBrave New World by Aldous Huxley

This is a world where humans are artificially conceived and bottled in jars for modification during the gestation stage. Babies in jars! If that’s not creepy enough many are selected at conception for a lower class. This is a process known as “bokanovskification,” where they are treated like a commodity, mass-produced in an assembly line, subjected to substandard environmental conditions at the embryonic stage to cause arrested development in mental and physical acuity, and conditioned via Pavlovian methods after “birth” to be suited and satisfied with their position in life.

 

photo credit: creativereview.co.uk1984 by George Orwell

After a global war, Oceania rises to power as one of the three remaining super states. Within Oceania the Elite control every aspect of society through the elimination of personal freedoms, the restriction of basic necessities, the prohibition of interpersonal relationships, fear, and mind control. Surveillance systems monitor every aspect of life and any act of individualism, even reading or expressing thoughts could result in a person being vaporized. Remember: BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING.

 

divergent trilogyDivergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

The city of Chicago is divided into five factions that represent certain virtues the government wants to promote. The inhabitants of these factions must strictly adhere to the virtue of their faction. When the children of each faction reach age 16, they are given an aptitude test to determine which faction they are suited for. They are given the choice to transfer to another faction or stay with the only one they’ve known. Individuals who have the aptitude for more than one faction are rare and are labeled Divergent. Divergents threaten to upset the balance of a strictly controlled society and are considered dangerous. Who wants to live in a world where possessing the virtues of Dauntless, Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, and Amity pose a threat to your life? Divergence means death.

the roadThe Road by Cormac McCarthy

A cataclysmic event has destroyed most human life and the resources necessary to sustain it. Due to the absence of animals and vegetation, many of those who survived have resorted to cannibalism. It’s difficult to imagine anything worse.

 

The LOTRThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Thanks to your eccentric uncle, you’ve come into possession of the ring of power, the one ring to rule them all. The evil Lord Sauron—who has re-assumed his position as ruler of Mordor— needs it to regain power over all. You’d think you could just use the ring to defeat him, but no, no one is immune to its evil and it must be destroyed. You can’t simply melt it down and make a new set of earrings. You’ve got to throw it in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged. Oh, and guess where Mount Doom is located? Yep, you guessed it. Mordor. This won’t be an easy journey. You will traverse swamps with dead people, bitterly cold mountaintops, and mines where you risk awakening an ancient demon. Ringwraiths (undead seekers of the ring), a giant octopus/squid creature, a powerful wizard gone bad (Lord Sauromon), and an army of Orcs to name a few will pursue you to the ends of the earth. Even friends who’ve sworn to protect you and help you on your mission could turn against you. Oh, and did I mention the spider? It’s not your ordinary little spider that can be squashed underfoot, but a mammoth one that can wrap you in its web, paralyze you with its sting, and drain your blood. I guess I should’ve started with the spider and left it at that.

World War Z by Max BrooksWorld War Z by Max Brooks

A global war against a zombie pandemic. Need I say more?

 

comaComa by Robin Cook

Routine medical surgeries are being tampered with so the oxygen flow to certain patients under anesthesia is compromised causing otherwise healthy patients to end up brain-dead. These patients are transferred to an institute masked as an intensive care facility. In reality, it’s used as a storehouse for brain-dead bodies with healthy organs that are kept alive until their organs can be sold on the black market. You’ll never want to set foot in a hospital again.

So that’s it. These are the fictional worlds that have given me nightmares. Sweet dreams everyone.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

I’m still reading The Way of All Flesh, the semi-autobiographical novel written by Samuel Butler. At Butler’s request, it was published posthumously because it chronicles Butler’s oppressive childhood and boldly attacks the hypocrisy of Victorian society.

Here is another not so random quote:

The Way of All Flesh“Fortune, we are told, is a blind and fickle foster-mother, who showers her gifts at random upon her nurslings. But we do her a grave injustice if we believe such an accusation. Trace a man’s career from his cradle to his grave and mark how Fortune has treated him. You will find that when he is once dead she can for the most part be vindicated from the charge of any but very superficial fickleness. Her blindness is the merest fable; she can espy her favourites long before they are born. We are as days and have had our parents for our yesterdays, but through all the fair weather of a clear parental sky the eye of Fortune can discern the coming storm, and she laughs as she places her favourites it may seem in a London alley or those whom she is resolved to ruin in kings’ palaces. Seldom does she relent towards those whom she has suckled unkindly and seldom does she completely fail a favoured nursling .”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Word of the Day: espy

es·py transitive verb \is-ˈpī\

: to see or notice (someone or something)

es·piedes·py·ing

Full Definition of ESPY

:  to catch sight of <among the several horses … she espied the white mustang — Zane Grey>

Examples of ESPY

  1. eye I espied the squirrel making another raid on the bird feeder>

Origin of ESPY

Middle English espien, from Anglo-French espier — more at spy

First Known Use: 14th century

Related to ESPY

Synonyms
behold, catch, descry, discern, distinguish, see, eye, look (at), note, notice, observe, perceive, regard, remark, sight, spot, spy, view, witness

Definition source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

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