Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog– The Broke & The Bookish!
The topic is: Top Ten Most Vivid Settings & Worlds
The world in Eve by Anna Carey — In this post-apocolyptic/dystopian story set in 2032, the world is pretty desolate after a deadly virus and an even deadlier vaccine to cure it take out a good chunk of the population. The world that Anna Carey created was so vivid — especially the scenes of abandoned cars just parked on the road trying to flee, how things looked like they were just waiting for the owners to come home . I could SEE this world so well. I think the cover lends to the vividness of this world as well.
The world in Hunger Games — From everything from the arena to later on in the series with Panem and the districts, the Capitol — everything was so ALIVE and vivid for me. I think that was the hardest thing about seeing it become a movie because there were certain aspects that I DID see so vividly…and clearly they didn’t consult me on those whilst making the movie
The world of Under The Never Sky– Now there are two different worlds so to speak. One is a very high tech, virtual type world and one is a very wilderness-y world. I saw both of them of very clearly and I really loved this book a lot because of the world (despite some world building snags) in addition to the characters!
Central America as traveled in Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard – I LOVED this setting! Aside from travelogues, I’ve not really read books set in Central America. The way Kirsten Hubbard was able to clearly make me feel like I was traveling alongside Bria was brilliant. You can tell she’s traveled a ton with her astute observations about travel and the people and the scenes. UGH I LOVE THIS BOOK. One of the best armchair travels I’ve had in a while mostly because of the vivid setting.
Narnia — Oh Narnia. Young Jamie used to dream about you and was sure you were a real place due to the vivid world-building in this series.
The circus in Water For Elephants — This book was one of those books where I felt almost smothered by the vividness of the setting. The circus life was so gritty and dark yet also extremely fascinating and mesmerizing. I thought the movie depicted pretty decently the setting I saw in my head.
The world in Blindness by Jose Saramago — The interesting thing about this one is that throughout the whole novel the setting is described through touch and smell and sounds as these people have all been infected with some sort of blindness and are quarantined in these horrible conditions. The fact that the setting was SO vivid to me despite the fact we didn’t get any sort of physical description is pretty amazing to me.
Every part of Between Shades of Grey — This book was an emotional one for me and one of my fave historical reads ever. I don’t want to give any of this away but every single place they ended up was almost entirely TOO vivid for me. Siberia, those train cars, etc. As much as I could picture this setting so well, I doubt I can even understand a fraction of the horribleness in these places.
The island from The Scorpio Races — Maggie Steifvater is an amazing writer and I could just see this nameless island so vividly! I could picture the beach where the races took place, the overlook, etc. Everything!
The Amazon jungle in Origin by Jessica Khoury — What a unique setting! I could just see the lush trees and vegetation and could picture tromping through it while simultaneously freaking out at the thought of anacondas nearby! I thought the setting of the lab areas and complex where she lived was really alive to me as well. Just hidden there in the dense jungle.
So there’s my 10 settings! Do you agree with any of these? What are some of the most vivid worlds/settings you’ve encountered?