Sometimes I think it would be so cool if I could live inside a book. Life would be perfect and I wouldn’t have to worry about anything. But actually, I can think of a few books that I definitely would not want to live in. Imagine what a nightmare it would be to wake up inside one of these books:
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In Collins’ book for ages 12 and up, it’s the America of the future and 16-year-old Katniss has to compete in a fight to the death with 23 other kids on live TV. That’s 23 other kids all trying to kill you on live TV! You win this twisted reality game show by being the only person who doesn’t die. It’s a great book, but I’ll stay here in the peaceful present, thanks.
4. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
When a meteor hits the moon, at first, it’s only annoying because it’s all Miranda’s teachers talk about. But soon it starts to cause major catastrophes on earth like volcanoes, tsunamis, and drought — changing Miranda’s life forever. The scariest thing about this book is that it feels totally real. Like, I want to start stockpiling food and water in case of emergency.
3. All the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling
I know Hogwarts seems really cool and I would love to be friends with Ron, Harry, and Hermione, but to be totally honest, I would never want to live there. Too much scary stuff happens. Seriously, imagine having classes every day with those teachers: Snape, Umbridge, Mad-Eye Moody. Or going to the bathroom in your school and finding a giant troll who wants to kill you. And Voldemort? Forget it! That dude scares me silly! I love the books, but I also love my safe Muggle world.
2. Running Out of Time by Margaret Haddix Peterson
OK. Imagine you are living your normal life thinking it is 1840, but then your mother tells you that it is really the 1990s and you live in a historical theme park where people pay to watch how you live without cars and electricity. What?? And not only that, but Mom wants you to sneak out and find a doctor because people are getting sick and dying in this village without modern medicine. If you can’t find help all your family and friends will die of this disease. Oh, and if the theme park owners catch you, they will kill you because they don’t want anyone to ruin their “experiment.”
1. The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss
When I was in 7th grade, one day for no reason at all, my friends just stopped talking to me — forever. It was awful. I eventually made new friends and forgot about those losers, but for a while it was a living nightmare going to school every day. This book describes that exact situation, and believe me I do not want to re-live that experience again!
What about you? Any book setting that YOU think it would be a nightmare to inhabit?
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer