Top Ten Books Featuring Characters Going Through Hell

April 28, 2015
These are all books where characters are dealing with overwhelming personal loss, the books detail their emotional struggles and how they persevere through horrible circumstances. The links will lead you to Goodreads to check them out.
This is how my heart felt after reading these books. 




1. The Fifth Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

I don't know how people are able to deal the rapid fire loss of eveything familiar and normal. But Mr. Yancey does a wonderful job of immersing readers in that uncomfortable place. The sequel to this is even better than the first and definitely worth checking out. 

2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.

The narrator of this story is a very intelligent and engaging young man, who is coping incredible loss while learning from the loss of others. Has some wonderful moments, and great writing.  

3. Angelfall  by Susan Ee
It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...
 
This was not at all what I expected out of Angel lore
I was pleasantly surprised by the world building and awesome writing. The love between a family is enough to drive them forward. The follow up is Awesome too!!


The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.

This is an amazing story of perseverance, its full of action, humor emotion and Awesomeness!! How Have you not read this yet? Read My Review Here

5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming...

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

How you deal with grief and how it can manifest, into a very tangible part of your life is explored through this narrative. This is a short but very emotional read, have tissues handy. Check out my review Here




6. Oryx and Crake (MadAddam #1) by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.
 
This has a wonderful mix of sci-fi and emotional turmoil, that makes you question how far your humanity or lack thereof will take you. 

7.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
This is a incredibly popular and heart filled book, that deserves the hype.  Although the dialogue reads like people much older are talking rather than the teens described,it's still awesome. Definitely something you should check out.
 
8. Unwind (Unwind Dystology #1) by Neal Shusterman
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

This world is a place where your parents can decide your not worth more than the some of your parts literally. The morality described is twisted but the use of current news articles to remind you we're not as removed from this world as we think.
  
9. The Book Theif by Marcus Zusak
HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH

It's a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

Death makes a very blunt, but interesting narrator. People love this book, and it is definitely worth checking out because of the premise alone. But I don't recommend it, without my reservations, see my review Here
10. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.  Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave.  She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation. 
This is a very harrowing journey and emotional tale, that highlights many characters going through their inner mental stuggles which at times overpowers them physically. 

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52 comments:

  1. Ahh I love these choices and the topic you choose! Great picks!

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  2. Oh, I thought you meant literal hell and I already got very excited because I love books about that stuff. Still a great choice, gained a new follower through that post!

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    1. Thanks for following, I followed back!! And I wish I only know Dante's Inferno

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  3. Great topic choice! I've only read TFIOS and seen The Book Thief and they were indeed both heartbreaking.

    El @ So Bookalicious

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  4. A Monster Calls should be read by everyone who thinks that middle grade books can only be pointless and childish. It was one of my favorite reads last year.
    Lovely list. :)

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    1. yes it's so gripping and important I think that should be on a billboard!!

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  5. I keep wanting to read The Fault in Our Stars, but I know it will be heartbreaking. I just need to find the right moment when I'm ready for it. Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

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    1. yeah it's definitely something that hits hard when it gets to emotional scenes!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  6. I love the topic you chose. Unwind is one of my favourite books, I was so happy to see it on here and I love The Book Thief. I'm not actually that keen on The Fault In Our Stars but it's just not really my kind of book.
    Here is my list from this week, it's top ten strong female characters:
    https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/top-ten-tuesdays-2/

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Unwind is definitely a great book!!

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  7. Good topic choice! The 5th Wave was devastating and amazing. I cried so many times. I don't know how anyone could move on after that much loss. I really want to read Red Rising, I've heard really good things about it. Great (but sad) list!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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    1. Definitely read Red Rising when you can, its amazing!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Everyone has such good topics this week. I love that. Yours is great and gave me a lot of books to think about. Love seeing Angel - why was he not on fire? LOL

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    1. Angel was so cheesy, he was probably having a dream sequence!!! Definitely check out the books their great!! Thanks for stopping by

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  10. Good choice with The Book Thief! The ending shocked me!

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    1. Thanks, the book theif did have a great heart wrenching ending!!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  11. I've not read all of the books on this list but the ones that I have I totally agree with you! Oh gosh, the Fifth Wave...I felt so bad for like every single main character in that book. :( And TFIOS made me sob! Great list. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!!! Yes definitely tear jerkers!

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  12. These are very much my type of books. I have The Book Thief and Red Rising on my shelf to read. The others are new to me, so I'll be checking them out. :)

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    1. Awesome, I'm glad you have some new suggestions!!!

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  13. One more comment: I love the new layout! Also, I have to add that I've had The Fault in Our Stars for years and STILL haven't been able to bring myself to read it. I've read many books about cancer, but I don't know that I'm ready to dive into one involving children. One day, I'll muster up the courage to read it.

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    1. Thanks so much for noticing!!! I worked with a great web designer to get it where I wanted!! Yes cancer in children is a very sensitive topic

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  14. Brilliant choice of a list. Excellent choices of characters...so many heartbreaking stories.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, and all the compliments!!

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  15. It seems like I've read a million books lately about profound grief. It's such a hard subject! Hopefully, these kinds of books help people deal with their real-world losses a little better. I love THE BOOK THIEF, the Unwind series, TFIOS, and David Boreanz (however you spell it).

    Happy TTT!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and yeah I think because the books that evoke the most emotion are the books that stay with us!!

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  16. A Monster Calls ripped my heart out in the best way possible. Great list!

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    1. Yes its soo sad, Thanks for stopping by!!

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  17. Since I tend to avoid really sad/depressing books it's perhaps not surprising I haven't read any of these! I would really like to read Angelfall as everything I've heard about it has been good!

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    1. Angelfall isnt as sad as the other books on the list, so definitely check it out!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  18. When I saw the title of your post, I was like, wait, hell for real? Because Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson have a thing or two to say about that. But onto the point. TFIOS is the only one I read in your list and I agree. What a twisted joke, Cancer pulled off. I also want to read A Monster Call after More Than This. Have you read Half Bad? 'Cause I will add that to the list. And The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley.

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    1. I do have half bad, on my list of books to read soon, But i will definitely check out the Five Stages of Andrew Brawley!!

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  19. Good List. And I would agree with the person above... The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley is amazing!

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    1. Two recommendations!! I will definitely check it out!!!

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  20. Interesting topic choice, I have 'Oryx and Crake' on my shelf but now I'm a bit scared to read it! I'll have to have a cheery book ready to read straight after :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, yes its really interesting though and the sci-fi elements are great!!!

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  21. There are a handful of books on this list that I'm dying to get to. Great list! (btw I LOVE your blog)

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  22. This is a great list. I have read so many of these books. Love The 5th Wave! And this list reminds me that I need to finish the Oryx and Crake series. I only read the first one. I really need to read Red Rising. I have heard so many great things.

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    1. Awesome, I also havent read the sequels but I'm sure their just as good!! Definitely read read rising too!!

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  23. Brilliant idea for the topic. I have read books 7, 9 and 10 and thought they were all very well written, captivating, and as you saw when visiting my post Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Love to Read, we even have one book in common, The Book Thief. This shows how versatile books can be, they fit in all sorts of drawers.

    Thanks for stopping by my page earlier.
    Marianne from Let's Read

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    1. Thanks for stopping by too!!! and yes their only limited by how we categorize them!!!

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  24. I haven't read all of these, but I do agree with Angelfall, TFiOS, Book Thief and Red Rising. I could add a whole lot of dystopian books here! Like Hunger Games, and Blood Red Road :)

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    1. Definitely could, I love to read dystopias too!!

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  25. Great topic! I've only read The Book Thief so far, but I'm hoping to read The Fault in Our Stars soon(ish).
    Thanks for visiting!
    Lauren @ myexpandingbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Awesome!! Thanks for stopping by Definitely read the Fault in Our Stars when you can!!!

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  26. The Fault In Our Stars destroyed me.. I will never be the same after that book. Great list!

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    1. Yes it was such an emotional book!!

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  27. Awesome books you've listed.I definitely have to read The Fault In Our Stars.

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