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Top 5 Wednesday: Books that aren’t Set in the Western World


Hi all, it’s Lois, hope you are doing well. I got some exciting news today about some blog posts coming to this blog very soon so keep an eye out for that! This weeks Top 5 Wednesday is all about books that aren’t set in the Western World. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly challenge, find the Goodreads group here.

Without further ado, here are my top 5 books that aren’t set in the Western World.

1) Life of Pi by Yann Martel

317818.jpg“16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting “religions the way a dog attracts fleas.” Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker (“His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth”). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don’t burst into song as if co-starring in an anthropomorphized Disney feature. After much gore and infighting, Pi and Richard Parker remain the boat’s sole passengers, drifting for 227 days through shark-infested waters while fighting hunger, the elements, and an overactive imagination. In rich, hallucinatory passages, Pi recounts the harrowing journey as the days blur together, elegantly cataloging the endless passage of time and his struggles to survive.”

This book is set in the Pacific Ocean. It has been on my TBR pile for ages now! I won’t watch the film until I have read the book. I think this book seems incredibly original by being set on a boat in the Pacific Ocean. I’m excited to read this at some point.

2) The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

23395680“This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.”

This book is definitely not set in the Western World. It is set in space! I read the first 50 pages of this book a few months ago but for some reason put it down and never got back round to finishing the book. I think when the third book in the series is released I will read through the entire series.

3) Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait

32794648Why do we tell stories? To hold on to what has been loved and lost, to create new myths, to explain and teach in ways that seep into memory.
Shakiso Collard leads the evacuation from Benghazi as jihadis overwhelm the refugee camp where she works. On arrival in Paris, she is betrayed by her boss, Oktar Samboa, and watches in despair as those she illegally helped escape are deported back to the warzones of Libya.
Elsewhere, Farinata Uberti – strongman CEO of Rosneft, the world’s largest energy company – arrives in London after triggering a violent insurrection in Tanzania to destroy a potential rival in the oil market. In the Sahara, an air convoy on its way to deliver billions of dollars of drugs and weapons to Ansar Dine jihadis crashes and is lost. “

I am currently reading this book and I am really enjoying it! It is set in the Middle East. I have never read a book like it before. The Western World is a part of this book but not like the Middle East is. I cannot wait to finish this book it is so interesting and has such a unique concept.

There you have it, this weeks Top 5 Wednesday, books that aren’t set in the Western World. I know there isn’t 5 books on this list but I really couldn’t think of any other books set elsewhere! So, please comment below some recommendations for me of books that aren’t set in the Western World. Don’t forget to leave your T5W links below!

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