Favourite Fictional Worlds

The YA Dystopia Genre is full of fictional worlds for us to enjoy. From places built from the ruins of War or where The Earth is running out of natural resources, we all can't help slipping into at least one of these novels. Dystopia is my favourite genre, I love the world-building and discovering it's darkest secrets, and the excitement as Rebellion and War arise. I have quite a few favourites that I just loved, although whether I would want to live there I'm still deliberating!

Illea(The Selection by Kiera Cass) - I recently read The Selection, and from the first page, I was so interested in this world. You get to know what Illea - the future of America - is like at the time of the books setting. There is a Caste System in place, and a brand new set Monarchy and Government. I really enjoyed how the book, although ahead of times, somehow went back to the times when Kings & Queen's ruled. The world-building isn't as strong as others, but the world of glittering gowns, a country where you must follow a set of rules without fail and a handsome Prince. It's like a futuristic fairytale but with War and Rebellion.

Dystopian Chicago(Divergent/Insurgent by Veronica Roth) - Dystopian Chicago is slip into factions: Abnegation(The Selfless), Amity(The Peaceful), Candor(The Honest), Dauntless(The Brave) and Erudite(The Intelligent). If I had to pick a certain part of Chicago I loved it was the Dauntless Headquarters. They were so well described you had such a clear image in your head, and there were so many interesting things as a part of it. I also loved the complicated factions and getting into a world where you don't fit. The deliberation of choosing what faction you would be is something you really can't help! Before I had got deeper into the world and how it actually works(I only need to mention a certain Jeanine Matthews) I would have chosen Erudite or Amity. Not that I'm particularly smart but Erudite is the home of the libraries, and I couldn't see myself jumping from trains to get in to Dauntless Headquarters!

Some of the most well-know fictional book worlds/settings.

The Pod/The Outlands(Breathe by Sarah Crossan) Finally a dystopia about the future of Britain! I was looking for a read about what my own world could be like in the future, and without knowing it was set in Britain's future,  I came across Breathe. In Breathe, everyone lives in The Pod. The world is on low oxygen supplies and the only place to survive is inside The Pod, that was created during The Switch. What I loved about this was the way it was created. You would think everybody would be free inside but there are many things hidden behind the Pod's Government. There are Auxiliaries and Premiums, one doesn't have enough Oxegen and the other does. It's unfair-but it's the only way they know they can live. Another part about Breathe's setting I adore is The Outlands. The discoveries they make there, the sights such as Wembley Stadium still standing and how desperate the people are.

New World(The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness) - I'm reading this at the moment and the world is so engaging. Unlike other dystopias, it is set on a different Planet, where it is set out that only men exist- and one boy. Patrick Ness is truly brilliant in what he does to create New World. No detail is left out, you are constantly surrounded by the 'Noise' Todd Hewitt has to hear but there are secrets that are never shared with the reader. I loved how there are also new creatures in the book: Spackle, an alien race, are blamed for the problems on New World. Where Todd lives, Prentisstown, you can hear what every man is thinking - sixty-three men and a constant "Noise". Along with the best talking-dog in books. I think Patrict Ness has a world where every part of it's history matters and this, at first simple world, just becomes more. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequels.

Erilea(Throne of Glass by S.J Maas) - This world was so beautifully described, complicated, mysterious, I couldn't help being completely engrossed. From the Glass Castles, to the salt mines of Endovier, I could never understand how such a fantastic world could be created. Everything is understood, and realised. It felt real, and it the Government is over-controlling and intimidating. I couldn't get enough of this world. It had Princes & Glass Castles, Work Camps and Last-One-Standing-Games. Who wouldn't want to get inside this world? It was so well-thought out, I couldn't fault it's existence.

Panem(The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins) - Panem is my favourite fictional world, and I think the reason for this is because it reflects our times. Although, the future of North America, people from every background can understand what makes the world so real.  Everyone seems to be hooked on Reality TV and not only this, but we are always in conflict with eachother, many are facing starvation and there's clearly no equality. I also loved how well-built it was. In the first few chapters, we knew the history of Panem but throughout the next few books we slowly got more. The complicated and twisted reality that is facing The Hunger Games, and the how the rules of the Capitol just make you think: from outrageous clothes, to the fact they let people in the Districts starve. It was so believable as the future, I could slip into the book. The descriptions were so vivid, I could picture it and the emotions of Katniss so real, I adored the way it was pieced together.

Although I haven't read the books(I know-I'm sorry!) - I adore Narnia! It was so magical and mythical, I couldn't help wanting to be able to enter it myself.

I tried to add both dystopia and fantasy worlds into my list! What are your favourite fictional worlds?
Next week, I'm going to do  fictional settings in the real-world for example: Hogwarts, Half Blood Camp & Gatlin.


  1. Oooh I'd love to go to all of them! And you're reading The Knife of Never Letting Go? I remember loving that book so much. :) I need to reread it sometime soon. Fab post!

    1. I like to visit for a day and then come back! I wouldn't want to live in District 12 and have to face the Reaping! Yes, I am! It's fantastic, and completely heart-breaking.
      Thank you!

  2. Ooh yay fictional worlds are the best! Yay for Panem and Illea! I have heard great about The Knife of Letting Go, what's it about? Great Post.

    PS. Thank you for thinking of me for the "Invisible Girl" tour, I would love too.

    1. They are, aren't they? I think it's how complicated it is! I didn't know you'd read The Selection? Did you enjoy it?
      The Knife of Letting Go is complicated to explain but in a nutshell, it's about a place called New World where only men, and one boy are remaining. And everyone can everyone else's thoughts in a constant noise. Todd-the boy-is counting down the days until he becomes a man, and then he finds a place where there is no noise, and everything evolves from there. It's fantastic!

      No problem!

    2. Yeah I read it a but before you and loved it, TEAM MAXON ALL THE WAY!! Have you read The Elite yet, I'm itching to get my hands on a copy. Ooh that book sounds good thanks for explaining haha.

    3. Yes! I fellow Team Maxon buddy! I haven't and cannot wait until I can get my hands on a copy! I need to see what happens and mainly, what Marlee and Maxon's secrets are.

      No problem. I hope you enjoy The Knife of Never Letting Go! It's brilliant, but be warned, there's a cliff-hanger ending.

  3. That map is one of the best things I've ever seen! Now we just need a map that shows us how to actually get to these places...

    1. I know, I saw it on Tumblr a few weeks ago and I spent some time hunting around for it. Yes! We need to find out how to get there! That's such a great point!

  4. Panem is such an interesting world. I started reading The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I had to put it down because it just wasn't grasping my attention. I'll try it again later on in the year. Great post, and I love the map!


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