10 Books With Epic Worldbuilding To Escape Into

J.R. Tolkien is a master of world-building. The Lord of the Rings, without the extensive background information plotted and constructed by this genius of a man, becomes a random story no one would believe.

Tolkien devoted years to mastering the world before even attempting to concoct a cohesive story. 

Which other novels besides The Lord of the Rings mastered the literary technique? Here are ten Redditor's opinions. 

One user mentioned, “The Books of the Raksura series by Martha Wells has the most phenomenal fantastical world-building of anything I've read in a while. Got some great characters too!"

The Books of the Raksura

For another user, Red Rising‘s “Characters are so incredibly well-drawn and layered, in a fascinating universe, with amazing action and a character-driven story. There are five books, and you'll devour them all.”

Red Rising

U/ wehopethatyouchoke03 said, “Mystery against a backdrop of pre-apocalypse America that’s six months away from being hit dead-on by a massive asteroid that will likely kill nearly all life on the planet. So, so good.”

The Last Policeman Trilogy

A few users mentioned their fondness for the acclaimed late 2000 series about survival in a corrupt government. Perfect for those who want a quick, adrenaline-pumping read with likable characters.

The Hunger Games

User U/Altruistic_Yam1372 shared, “Lockwood & Co. is a pretty fun series that you can devour quickly. It has fun, witty characters, a gradual but good world-building, good humour, and good scares.”

Lockwood & Co.

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