Good morning people! As you all know by now, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I’m actually pretty excited for this week’s topic, because it’s something that’s kind of a major thing to me when it comes to really liking a book –> Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books. Let’s do this thang!
1. The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant - Sure, it’s about zombies. But there are SO MANY THINGS that seperate it from other zombie books. First off, it takes place decades after the first zombie outbreak, which means the author creates a world in which zombies are a fact of life, and it is astonishing how much detail she put into creating that kind of society. Definitely stuff that I never even thought of, because normally when you think about a zombie outbreak, you only think about the first days / weeks of fighting them and trying to survive.
2. The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin - In these books, Jemisin gives us an incredible fantasy world in which the world is dangerous, magic is abound, and gods are enslaved. Absolutely fantastic.
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - I just finished this book, and I LOVED learning about the world that Cline has created here. The outside world has gone to hell, and to escape reality people practically live in the virtual reality online world of OASIS. Cline’s attention to detail and innovation is apparent in his version of the real world and the fake world of OASIS, and it made this an incredibly fun read.
4. The Postmortal by Drew Magary - Imagine that someone stumbles upon a cure for age, effectively allowing you to evade old age and a natural death infinitely. The imagine how that would completely screw up our world and society. Welcome to the world of The Postmortal. Once again, the author impresses me with little details and issues that I never would have even thought of, and for a long time I couldn’t stop talking about this book to people. It was so exciting to read.
5. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss - Probably the best epic fantasy world I’ve encountered. It’s mostly due to Rothfuss’s absolutely spellbinding writing, but the magic and adventure in this series is awesome. I cannot wait until the next book!
6. The Wicked Years series by Gregory Maguire - This is not the Oz of your childhood. Gregory Maguire takes the land of Oz and digs a lot deeper, and the result is impressive and amazing. This land of Oz is full of political turmoil, prejudice among the different races in Oz, and philosophical debates. I’ve only read the first two books, but I love the author’s take on Oz, and I definitely grew to love Elphaba and Fiyero.
7. The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer - Imagine a parallel universe in which history took a different course – the Neanderthals survived and flourished, and we didn’t. Then imagine that a weird rift in timespace allows those two universes to interconnect. BRILLIANT. I loved seeing Robert J. Sawyer create the world of the Neanderthals and all of the little differences. This trilogy is also what initally motivated me to start reading about quantum physics and the multiverse theorie, because the science used in the books was so intriguing.
8. The Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde - Oh man. A world in which there is cloning of extinct animals, time travellers, literature is taken incredibly seriously, characters and people can jump in and out of books… come on. These books are incredible at making your imagination come alive. These books and the world in which they take place are so engrossing that when I read one, even my dreams start to get all loopy and weird. Love it.
9. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - I mean, come on. Obviously.
10. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton - While the book ends up primarily being pretty action-packed and thriller-like, the set up for Jurassic Park actually shows some pretty impressive thoughtfulness and imagination in thinking about the possibility of cloning the DNA of extinct animals such as dinosaurs, the financial perks to such a risk, and all of the little things that could go horribly wrong. Once again, I got completely sucked in by the science and consequences of a fictional world.
Yay! Honestly, world-building is so important to books and it’s actually why some of these books / series are on my all-time favorites lists. I also realized that there are some books that I absolutely love, but it’s less for the world-building and more for the awesome characters, which is why Outlander isn’t on this list
So, what are some of your favorite settings or fictional worlds?