This is a weekly meme hosted by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is…
Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With
1. Katniss from The Hunger Games trilogy
Strike 1: Her government sucks and is controlled by a tyrannical maniac. Strike 2: Her dad died. Strike 3: She had to fight and kill other kids to survive and save her family.
What does she have on her side? Gale and Peeta. ‘Nuff said.
2. Alex from the Ashfall trilogy
Strike 1: Super-volcano destroying life as we know it. Strike 2: He meets crazed maniacs in the woods. Strike 3: He is journeying hundreds of miles to see if his family is alive…all the while thinking that they could very possibly be dead.
What does he have on his side? My only hope to survive would be that I find my own Darla who will save me with all of her amazing animal-skinning, machine-building, cross-country-treking skills!
3. Amy from the Across the Universe trilogy:
Strike 1: She is cryogenically frozen, and the experience (as described in the book) does NOT sound fun. Strike 2: She flies, frozen-sleeping, for hundreds of year rather than living her life with her friends. Strike 3: She’s “accidentally” woken up in space by crazed men.
What does she have on her side? It would be pretty interesting to see space FROM space and discover a new planet.
4. Melinda from Speak:
Strike 1: She had a traumatic experience. Strike 2: She didn’t/couldn’t tell anyone about the traumatic experience. Strike 3: Since she didn’t tell anyone, they shut her out for ruining a party.
What does she have on her side? Melinda had a great art teacher who worked to bring out her best.
5. Regina from Some Girls Are:
Strike 1: Regina starts out as a total B, and I would never want my personality to be like hers. Strike 2: Her so-called “friends” completely turn their backs on her and begin to bully her because of a rumor. Strike 3: I wish that some adult in her life had forced her to be straight with them or done some digging on what was up with her.
What does she have on her side? She can definitely dish it back to the mean girls as good as she gets it.
6. Ivan from The One and Only Ivan:
Strike 1: He was taken from his family when he was young, and doesn’t remember them. Strike 2: He loses his best, and really only, friend. Strike 3: He is trapped in a tiny cage that is too small, performing an act for very few visitors.
What does he have on his side? Hope. Ivan has hope that his art will make a difference for him and Ruby.
7. Mara from the Mara Dyer trilogy:
Strike 1: Her friends die (or do they?) in a tragic accident. Strike 2: No one believes her when she talks about the visions she sees. Strike 3: She has to deal with cuh-razy people.
What does she have on her side? Noah. Done.
8. Eli from The Compound series:
Strike 1: He is living in an underground bunker because the world above is (supposedly) destroyed. Strike 2: He discovers what is in the room behind the secret door. Strike 3: His dad is completely nutso.
What does he have on his side? This is the only story where I can’t really think of anything that Eli has going for him!
9. Bitterblue from the Graceling Realm series:
Strike 1: Her dad is a freaking Graced psychopath. Strike 2: Her mother is murdered right in front of her. Strike 3: She inherits a kingdom full of brainwashed people.
What does he have on his side? It would be nice to have a team like Katsa and Po around to fight for and rescue me whenever I needed it!
10. Todd from the Chaos Walking trilogy:
Strike 1: He doesn’t have a lot of female interaction since there aren’t anymore women in in Prentisstown. Strike 2: He is chased by craaaaaazy men, including Aaron. Strike 3: The events that surround Manchee at the end (if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about.)
What does he have on his side? He has Ben and Cillian who care very deeply for him, and he finds Viola who journeys with him.