Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ten Books Set Outside The US

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature created at The Broke and The Bookish.

I'm going to assume that it is restricted to this planet. It is not restricted to reality because I don't read that many books entirely set in reality.

1. Unspoken, Untold, and Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan: Is set in the UK, in the mythical town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, with a brief visit to London.

2. Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer: Takes place in quite a few places, none of which are America. Most of the first book is set in Ireland.

3. The Mary Quinn Mysteries by Y.S. Lee: Set in Victorian London, it paints a vivid picture of the city.

4. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: Set in futuristic New Zealand. The sequel, Across a Star-Swept Sea is set in the Pacific Islands.

5. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow: Set in what was once in Eastern Canada.

6. Rook by Sharon Cameron: Paris. All be it a Paris slightly under water.

7. Every Breath by Ellie Marney: Set in Melbourne, Australia. The second book mostly takes place in London.

8. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller: Another one set in London.

9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Set in Beijing in the distant future. The series visits several other places (also not America).

10. The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner: Also set in New Zealand. This was such a fast-paced book, and I remember quite enjoying it.


  1. I've still got to read all of these! Any recommendations on where to start?


    1. All of them. At the same time.

      Okay, not actually. It depends on what you're looking for! This list spans several genres, and some very different writing styles.

      The Mary Quinn Mysteries and A Mad, Wicked Folly are both historical fiction. Every Breath is a contemporary mystery. Rook, For Darkness Shows the Stars, The Scorpion Rules, and Cinder are all set in the future. The Tomorrow Code is sci-fi, Unspoken is Paranormal/Fantasy, and Artemis Fowl is what I'd call sci-fantasy. (I'm making up genres now...)

      Anyway. If you let me know what you're looking for specifically, I might be able to be more help!

  2. I loved Cinder, but I completely forgot about when making my list! I als have The Scorpion Rulea on my TBR :-)

    1. I really enjoyed The Scorpion Rules, so I really hope you like it!

  3. I haven't read any that you mentioned with the exception of Cinder, but I loved it! Have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. Cinder really was a fun read. I dithered a bit about putting it on this list because it's set so far in the future and doesn't really focus on the setting much... but I ended up putting it on anyway because reasons.

  4. The Artemis Fowl series was on my list this week too!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/top-ten-tuesday-66/

    1. I always kind of forget that The Eternity Code is partly set in the States! Artemis Fowl ends up on a lot of my lists... it's one of my favourite series ever, so I suppose it's bound to happen.