Top Ten Dystopias I Could/Couldn’t Handle

Posted January 28, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

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Today I thought I’d give my own little twist to this topic. Because – worlds I wouldn’t want to live in? That’s obviously going to be dystopias. But while there are some truly fearsome dystopias out there that I would never want to be stuck in, there are also some that I think I would thrive in. *flips hair* Obviously.

Top 5 Dystopias I Couldn’t Handle

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1. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
Everyone in this world is a murderer. EVERYONE. I don’t want to kill people plzkthnx. Tbh, I care nothing for this book but this is the #1 dystopia I don’t want to live in. No thank you.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I still don’t want to kill people. Though there’s less of a chance that that would happen in this world than Dualed, I’d rather not take my chances. Plus there’s the living in fear and immense poverty thing going on. Yeah, nope.

3. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Heh, this is maybe an odd choice, but I am a serious overachiever, so I know I would work so hard to get into the Testing, and then, again, I’d be forced to kill people and stuff and no. Also the rest of the “tests” are horrifying and traumatic and I don’t think I could handle that.

4. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
I haven’t read this *yet* but noooooo way do I want to hear the thoughts of everyone around me all the time. I am already on the borderline of sanity, I do not need that in my life.

5. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
This isn’t really sold as primarily a dystopia, but it has dystopian elements and NO. I do not want to live in a world that is so polluted that the sky is RED and that to walk around outside I’d need goggles and a face mask. No thank you. *cries*

Top 5 Dystopias I Could TOTALLY Handle

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1. Matched by Ally Condie
Pfft. This is weaksauce dystopia. I could totally take it. A formula that decides for me who my mate should be, what my job should be? I can handle that. I would totally trust that.

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Love is weakness anyway, pshhhhhhh. *flips hair* Just get me a cat and a book boyfriend.

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass
If the worst thing that could happen, pretty much, is being in the Bachelor, I think I would be okay. Ya know.

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
I am 100% Candor. Saying it loud and proud. I doubt I’d be a Divergent anyway, so I think I’d be just fine.

5. Pawn by Aimée Carter
Look, there are *some* pretty terrifying things going on in this world, but the dystopia is based on working hard for your status in life, and as an overachiever without a learning disability, I think I’d do just fine. I’m a big rule follower anyway.

What do you think of my list?

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12 responses to “Top Ten Dystopias I Could/Couldn’t Handle

  1. I want to read all those books <3 I've only read The Hunger Games and the Delirium trilogy. But the others are all on my to read list 😀

  2. I’ve thought about taking on the Matched universe also! I liked it but it was super simple to figure out how to survive. I definitely wouldn’t want to be a part of The Hunger Games. *shivers* I haven’t read any of the others besides Divergent… I didn’t like it at all so I won’t comment about that. 😉 (With the exception of Four.)

  3. OMG this was great xD Love love loved this post. I haven’t read most of these (though I own some) but your reasoning was hilarious. Being in the Bachelor… HAHA
    You haven’t read The Knife of Never Letting Go, though?! Really? Wow. You need to read it and write a review so I can see your opinions on it and talk to you about it! 😀 It’s one of the only dystopians I ever gave 5 stars to 😛

  4. The Testing! I’ve been dying to read that one, the premise sounds amazing.

    I think the Hunger Games ended up on pretty much everyone’s list, haha.

  5. I love both parts of your list! Yeah, I’ll skip the train boarding to Panem for SURE. *shudders*. The only good thing is that I wouldn’t be eligible for the Reaping, but even so, who knows what district I’d have to live in and what I’d have to do just to survive? And yeah, the world of Chaos Walking would be EXTREMELY difficult. There’s no way I’d last very long.

    I haven’t read Matched but I’m pretty sure I can handle that one too. I think the world of Divergent would be difficult for me–I’m pretty sure I’d be Divergent. I would never be Candor or Amity, but I think I’d be divergent between Abnegation & Erudite.

  6. The Hunger Games, I’m not surprised this is on everyone’s list so far. Such a horrible world to live in.. if you aren’t lucky enough to be in the Capital. I really don’t want to kill either and I don’t think my survival skills are that good.

    If you look at Divergent, it doesn’t have to be too bad. I think I would be Erudite (that’s what every test tells me :p) One time I was a Divergent though. So yeah, it would be fun to see where I’d end up. I agree about Pawn! The thing that happens with people who are ‘not good enough’ is horrible, but I’d probably end up being average and that is okay.

  7. LOL LOL. I love your take on this week’s topic. Sometimes it annoys me that some dystopians are not THAT scary. Like how Requiem was up for Scariest fathomable future in the book shimmy awards. I haven’t read this series yet, though I have heard a lot about it, and it doesn’t seem as one of THE most scary futures. Like, I could handle the Love is forbidden thing. Like you said, give me a cat and a book boyfriend and I’ll be okay haha.
    The Hunger Games though is definitely not something I could handle or live in that world. The same with Dualed, although I haven’t read that book. If everyone is a murderer, well no thank you but I don’t want to live there.

  8. Ha ha, I like that you included dystopias you could handle too! The Matched world is creepy since it’s so controlling, but it certainly pales in comparison to the world of Panem and many other dystopias.

  9. I so totally agree with you on Matched, Delirium and The Selection! I think could handle them. They certainly look weak in comparison to other dystopian worlds. I’d probably fall to death while train-jumping in Divergent or wouldn’t have the guts to jump at all.

  10. I totally love your take on this! Out of all of those, I’d definitely want to live in The Selection one. It’s not even a normal Bachelor. It’s a prince. So yeah, not too horrible.

  11. I’m still trying to decide if I’d survive in the world of Divergent. I guess I probably would, since I’d say I’m Amity. I’d like to think I’d be willing to fight if I had to though!

  12. Debby! You just kill me! I love this post! HG landed on my list as well. If I was reaped, I couldn’t do it. I’d hang myself or something before I hit the arena.