Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is Top Ten Books With _____ Setting, so I decided to go with Top Ten Books Set in Countries Outside the United States (excluding Harry Potter, because that's obvious). Here they are!
1) Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles. This is probably the 300th time I've posted about this YA sci-fi fairytale retelling series, but it just fits with so many different themes and ideas! The first book takes place in futuristic China, the second in futuristic France, the third partially in the Sahara Desert. It also takes place in space and on the moon varyingly and for most of the fourth book.
2) Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season. This intense, mature YA urban fantasy series takes place in a futuristic England. The third of seven anticipated books comes out next year.
3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This brilliant YA historical fiction narrated by Death and centered in Germany is my most favorite book about WWII EVER.
4) Christina Farley's Gilded. This YA fantasy trilogy takes place in and is based on mythologies of Korea.
5) Kimberly Griffiths Little's Forbidden. This is a lush and romantic YA historical fantasy trilogy that takes place in ancient Mesopotamia, around modern Syria and Saudi Arabia, possibly extending all the way into Ethiopia. The last book publishes in 2017.
6) The Walled City by Ryan Graudin. This YA novel is essentially a contemporary dystopian centered in a Chinese "walled city."
7) The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. This incredibly original YA sci-fi dystopian, full of fascinating and relevant world-building, takes place in a future amalgation of the southern United States and northern Mexico.
8) Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed. This terrifying YA contemporary about forced arranged marriage takes place primarily in Pakistan.
9) The Truth Commission by Susan Juby. A 2015 surprise favorite of mine, this YA contemporary takes place in Canada and packs a punch in the best of ways.
10) Anthony Horowitz's The Gatekeepers. This YA epic fantasy/horror series, an old favorite of mine, takes inspiration from various mythologies and, like The Lunar Chronicles, travels to various countries. The first book takes place in England, the second Peru, the fourth in Hong Kong, China, and the fifth adds in many other countries, culminating in Antarctica. (The third book takes place in the US with Native American twins).
There we go! Some books to help you increase your global consciousness a little. Tell me about some non-U.S. centered books you like, and I'll see you tomorrow.
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