Books With Unique Travel Destinations

I’m kind of a sucker for unique and interesting locations in books. In each of the books below, the characters find themselves in very strange places and have to figure out how to navigate their way out- without dying, of course…

The Magicians, Lev Grossman
(Magical World of Fillory)

When I first read this book I wasn’t sure I liked it. Parts of Fillory came off as juvenile and bizarre – and not in a good way. I really couldn’t understand why the world was painted that way. Then I watched the TV series and everything seemed a bit less silly and I could see the irony and humor in parts.

The Martian, Andy Weir

Does it get any stranger than being stranded on Mars and having to figure out how to survive long enough to may, possibly be rescued?

Excavation, James Rollins
(The Amazon)

This book takes place in an ancient temple in the Amazon. The temple is full of scary booby traps and it’s not much better on the outside with a jungle full of bloody thirsty natives.

Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
(Military Stronghold- Ice Court)

The Ice Court is a pretty amazing place and it’s interesting to read how the gang in Six of Crows plans to penetrate it’s forces.

What reading locations are usually drawn to?

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  1. Jordon

    May 28

    I loved The Martian! I wish there were more books set on Mars haha. I guess specifically set on Mars and trying to survive. Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon is also set on Mars! Except people live on Mars so it’s not the same sort of story as The Martian. But it’s a pretty cool story none-the-less.

  2. I got so angry at the idea of Fillory when I read The Magicians, because I was such a Narnia fan as a kid. But I liked that as the book and the series progress, Fillory became its own place, with its own unique set of characters and mythology. I also like how well Grossman captured the feeling that all readers know well, of wanting to escape to your favorite fictional world.

    • Kim and Tanya

      May 26

      I agree. I wish the book had been a bit more unique than basically a mashup of Narnia and HP.

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