Top Ten Tuesday (23): Top Ten Favorite Books Set in an Alternate Reality

The topic this week is Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting. Now there are SO MANY possibilities with this choose-your-own topic, but I've decided to focus on those set in an alternate reality. Why? Because I think it's amazing! When I think alternate reality, this is what I think: our world, past or present, where some things are just different (ie magic is real, disasters have happened to change the planet, plagues, different historical outcomes, etc). I definitely don't think of the future when I think this. To me, reality is what has already happened and what is happening right now. The future is just too... unknown. My definition of an alternate reality may certainly differ from other people, but that's okay. I think that makes it even more fun! (By the way, I've decided to leave out any stories where people get sucked into another world... though that might be fun for another list in the future!)

So! Without further ado, here are ten of my favorite books where the world is different than we know it:

1. Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer - This is set in regency England, but at a time when magic is prevalent! How incredibly cool would that be?

2. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer - I love this series! A reality where leprechauns and magic and centaurs and all that exist below our feet? Yes!

3. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready - Once upon a time, there was a great "shift." All those born after the shift can see and talk with glowing, violet ghosts. It might be a bit of a pain, but it would still be kind of cool in a way.

4. The Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card - This one is alternate reality on steroids! An alternative American history where historical figures are all meshed up with magic and mayhem. As the book cover says, "Come fall in love with a magical American that might have been."

5. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer - Imagine going about your day and BAM! A meteor knocks the moon out of orbit and sends the Earth into chaos! A terrifying, but realistic story.

6. Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus/Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan - Mythology and magic are real in these series! How much more alternate reality-ish can you get?

7. The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare - Demons, vampires, werewolves, shadowhunters... all living in our world with us. I just seriously love the idea of a world where stuff like this exists but we just don't really know it!

8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl - There are such things as Casters... witches... whatever. In the south. Living amongst - and affecting - other, non-magical folk.

9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - Werewolves. Werewolves are real. Shapeshifters. Normal people turned into animals with one bite. Seriously scary yet amazing. I actually had a hard time narrowing down which Maggie book to choose. I could have gone with any of them!

10. The Program by Suzanne Young - In this alternate reality, teen suicide is an epidemic. One in three teens die from suicide. That's a horribly scary world.

Bonus pick: Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling: Okay, so the Wizarding world isn't exactly in ours, but it does exist and bleeds into our world too! I simply couldn't complete this list without this amazing series. Not. Possible.

Are there any books you enjoy with alternate realities? Any you'd like to see?! Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. I loved The Program! Such a good book. I also really want to read Shiver.

    1. It comes as no surprise, I'm sure, that Shiver is one of my favorite books ever. So yes, read it! :) Also, I'm glad you loved The Program too!

  2. That's the reason why I loved City of Bones and Harry Potter so much - because it's almost like it could happen. Great picks!

    1. Right?! It totally could and we'd never know for sure! I love that!

  3. Shiver and its sequels are gorgeous books. Stiefvater just really knows how to capture emotions and relationships on paper.


    1. Exactly! That's just one of the many reasons why I love her books so much!

  4. City of Bones and Harry Potter both made my list too. I wish I would have remembered Mercy Falls and Artemis Fowl!

    My TTT.

    1. There's always the chance for another list, right? :P

  5. Great List, I love Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Shiver, The Kane Chronicles and Artemis Fowl as well.


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