This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about awesome settings and vivid worlds. Obviously the world building in the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series is amazing, but I am saving spots on my list for some other awesome books. Some times I feel like I list the same ten books over and over again, but they deserve to be on the lists. They are that good.
1. The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa – a fresh, unique spin on the world of fairies. Full of twists and surprises but with all the magic one would expect when entering the fairy realm.
2. Gone series by Michael Grant-an exciting and horrifying world run by teenagers…with superpowers.
3. The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith-a vivid and disturbing imaginary setting. Or is it?
4. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare- all of these books have cool steampunk-y settings. They belong together.
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Ship Breaker by Paola Bagicalupi, and The Knife of Never Letting Go-all describe super-cool futuristic worlds.
6. The Curse Workers series by Holly Black-mob meets magic in this alternate reality world.
7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire and Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier-any world that involves time travel is awesome.
8. The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix-totally trippy world building here.
9. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan-awesome zombie world.
10. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer-historical fiction set on the briny seas. Ahoy!
Runners Up-Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan, House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, and Blood Red Road by Moira Young.
I would be remiss if I neglected to mention some of my favorite settings in adult fiction.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon-Barcelona, 1930′s, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books…sigh. Magic.
The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin-oh my gosh, the Seven Kingdoms leave me speechless and the show has done an amazing job bringing the setting to life. I cannot wait to read book 3! No spoilers.
Faithful Place by Tana French-I swear this working-class neighborhood in Dublin is actually a character.
Locke and Key by Joe Hill-creeptastic!
Anything Sarah Addison Allen-lovely and magical.
Ok, this was a really long cheater post! I am totally cut off as of right now!