March 27: Top Ten Books That Take Place In Another Country
This week’s prompt couldn’t come at a more opportune time, as later this week I’m off on holiday to France for a fortnight, and am so excited at the prospect of seeing some sun. Living in the UK, there are a significant number of books that are set in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so it was interesting to explore some of the great novels I’ve read that are set worldwide.
1. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera (New York, USA)
This beautiful story of two teenage boys meeting on their last day of living is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. The characterisation is wonderful and the plot is creative.
2. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (USA; Saudi Arabia; France; Switzerland; Afghanistan; Syria; Turkey)
Probably the book that I’ve read that is set in the greatest number of geographical locations, this plot is incredibly intricate and simply breathtakingly executed.
3. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (Alabama, USA)
Told from multiple perspectives of teenage students during an unfolding school shooting, this tale is gut-wrenching, yet horrifically relevant.
4. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (USA; Canada)
Set in a dystopian world, the protagonist’s quest sees her attempt to breach the Canadian border in order to locate a research laboratory to find a cure for the disease that’s wiping out the population.
5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Australia; USA)
One of my favourite comedic novels sees its protagonist, Don, attempt to find a wife through a questionnaire and “science”.
6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Mauritius; Switzerland; France)
One of the very few books that reduced me to tears, this beautiful story is heavily focused on relationships and the importance of quality of life.
7. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (Switzerland; Italy)
Professor Langdon’s first adventure sees him investigating brutal murders of members of the Roman Catholic Church, and a possible connection to the Illuminati.
8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (California, USA; Hawaii, USA)
This YA contemporary has one of the best plot twists I’ve ever read; starring a young female protagonist who is allergic to the world, she is effectively held captive in her own house/prison.
9. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (USA; Italy)
I still adore this series (though it is somewhat of a guilty pleasure nowadays), and this volume sees Bella fly across the globe in order to save Edward from himself.
10. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (Svalbard, Norway)
Although predominantly set in Oxford, England, the trip to the Arctic circle is a prominent expedition in this fantasy tale.
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