Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island.  I actually can't think of anything less appealing than being trapped with other people on a deserted island.  We probably wouldn't get along, there'd be tons of drama, and someone would undoubtedly go all Lord of the Flies and I'd end up crushed by a boulder.  But I guess it wouldn't be so bad if I got to choose my companions...

Penryn from Angelfall by Susan Ee - She's used to scavenging in post-apocalyptic settings and kicking butt when the need arises.  Surely some of those skills would be transferable to a deserted island.  Especially if there are scorpions...

Ronan from The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - Let me preface this by saying that I do not really like this character, and I probably wouldn't enjoy having him around.  However, his skill of being able to take objects out of dreams would be very useful in a situation with limited resources.

Laura from Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox - I'm assuming we wouldn't have TV or the Internet on this deserted island, so we'd need some form of entertainment.  Laura can harvest dreams and then "perform" them for a sleeping audience... so having her around would be pretty interesting!  (Too bad it probably wouldn't work, though, since she can't access the Place from just anywhere...)

Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I shouldn't even have to explain this one: mad bow skills and strong survival instincts put her on the list.

Newton from Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival by Arthur Slade - The kid goes to a survival school.  I don't know how you could find a much more appropriate person to be stranded on a deserted island with!

Daniel from My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares - Since Daniel can remember all of his past lives, presumably he remembers how to survive in less-than-ideal conditions.  He'd be useful to the group... but I'm not sure if he'd be very happy if Lucy wasn't also on the island.

Ty from Stolen by Lucy Christopher - Yes, I know he's technically a villain.  But he also knows insane amounts about survival situations.  If the deserted island was similar to the Australian Outback, we'd be set.

Gen from The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner - He proves himself to be resourceful and crafty, which is just the sort of person you'd want around if you were trapped on a deserted island.  Plus, he's witty and charming, and seems like he'd be a fun guy to have around.

Nitish from Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis - This is a sentient, white tiger who can communicate telepathically.  He's kind of naive and amusing, but he could also be pretty useful.  He could climb trees to get at the coconuts there, and he could hunt for meat as well.

R from Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - I know, I know.  I, too, questioned the wisdom of having a zombie on an island with an already-limited population.  But think of it this way: he's one less person that needs actual food, and if we get tired of any of the others, we can just let him have at it!


  1. I haven't read My Name is Memory! Adding to my TBR now! Thanks for sharing your fun list!


  2. Now that I think about it, having a zombie is probably a good idea on a deserted island. He could scare away animals and he never needs sleep, so he can always keep watch, or something. Good pick!

  3. I think Katniss made everyone's list (and for good reason!) LOL, yeah Ty isn't a super obvious choice but I can kinda see how he could be helpful...provided he wasn't, like, kidnapping anyone.

  4. Having R and your reasoning behind him made me laugh out loud. I love it!

  5. Everyone definitely wants Katniss on their island!

  6. I confess I don't know a lot of these characters - guess I have some reading to do :)