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The Young World [Kindle Edition]

Chris Weitz
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Chris Weitz has made a beautiful transition from writing and directing films to novels. The Young World is populated with characters you won't forget and a story as fresh and urgent as Divergent."--James Patterson, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Maximum Ride.

Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos.

But when a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway--all in order to save humankind.

This first novel from acclaimed film writer/director Chris Weitz is the heart-stopping debut of an action-packed trilogy.


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—A postapocalyptic novel told from the point of view of three teens in New York City who have banded together after a mysterious sickness wipes out the entire population of children and adults. The survivors are faced not only with the breakdown of society but also certain death when their hormonal levels even out. When food dwindles in the neighborhood where their tribe has hunkered down, they decide to risk a trip to the main branch of the New York Public Library to find a scientific study that may explain the origins of the sickness. On their quest, they encounter a group of fanatical cannibals, a misogynistic gang of entrepreneurs, mole people living in the subway system, and a very organized group creating weapons from 3-D printers. In the course of their journey lives are lost, bravery tested, and childhood relationships become something more. What they eventually find is a research island where secret experiments are being fiercely guarded, but the brainiac of the group is able to trick their captors into letting him try to find a cure. A giant cliff-hanger at the end ensures that a sequel will soon follow. While the plot employs some very predictable story lines the characters are interesting, the action moves quickly, and the context of a broken NYC is so compelling that readers will find it hard to put this book down. Chapters written from alternating perspectives offer the chance to see how the same situations are interpreted by either the boy next door, the sweet girl with the tough exterior, or the intellectual with traits common to people with Asperger's. At times the dialogue inexplicably changes from that of a regular book to a movie script, which can be jarring. However, readers will likely breeze by this minor distraction while they're frantically flipping pages to find out what happens next.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT

From Booklist

It’s two years since the sickness hit, killing all adults and children. Only teenagers remain to rule the world. In a Lord of the Flies fashion, the social order has broken down, and the survivors have gathered together into tribes. Everyone expires now at age 18, and when Jefferson’s older brother dies, the leadership of Manhattan’s Washington Square Tribe passes to the reluctant teen. Soon thereafter, a possible cure for the sickness is discovered—or is it a chimera? To find out, Jeff and four members of his tribe, including Donna, the girl he loves, undertake a perilous journey in search of the truth. Telling his story in the alternating voices of Jeff and Donna, noted film director Weitz, in his first YA novel, has done a good job of meticulously building his postapocalyptic world, though sometimes at the expense of action. Still, there is more than enough to keep readers turning the pages and anticipating volume two of what promises to be—what else?—a trilogy and ultimately, perhaps, a movie? HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Weitz’s high profile in Hollywood—and a five-star marketing push—have already created plenty of anticipation for his youth-book debut. Grades 9-12. --Michael Cart

Product Details

  • File Size: 1906 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316226297
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (July 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GG0GIRM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Leaf
Format:Hardcover
Hmmm the hype, oh that hype! Too bad it didn't live up to it. :( Chris Weitz, as you might recognize as being the director of the Golden Compass and New Moon-to name a few-had me hooked at the beginning. I honestly was thinking this might be the BEST book of the year BUT, it really turned out to be your average done-to-death-plot. It was basically like rereading The Tribe, or Gone, but worse.

Now, I loved our MC Jefferson. He was INTERESTING and SMART. I loved the equality among the genders in his group in a dystopian YA, where when you only live until you are 18, you can be sure rape is abundant. The girls were not just walking toys. Jefferson and his group respected each other, which was very refreshing. There is rape in this book though, in case you were wondering. And animal and human cruelty.

Donna is our other protagonist just because she is. She WHINES a lot, she makes unintelligent observations, and she is a VERY DULL love interest. I could care less about her, which was very disappointing. The POV switches between Donna and Jefferson and I don't know why because she added NOTHING to the plot. Maybe it was because that nowadays, most YA are successful because it features a strong heroine? Maybe, but the Maze Runner, Enders Game, and The Giver make that point invalid. It was as if the author was trying to make her sound like a teen as she included "like" in nearly ever sentence and everything she said sounded as if she were asking a question....she came off as stupid to me at times.

The group believes they might have found a clue to the "Sickness"-I know, very original-and set off in search of it and I did enjoy it at first. And then it went downhill faster than you could imagine.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To Dystopian Manhattan July 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Young World is a wonderfully snarky, sharply written, fun satire on American society in general, and youth culture in specific. Drawing upon a landscape of a shattered New York City, there is a wealth of bite for author Weitz to mine with his teenaged protagonists. And though I was greatly reminded of the movie The Warriors (if not deadly serious and full of bon mots), I greatly enjoyed The Young World as a romping adventure through the YA dystopian genre.

After a virus quickly kills off all adults and young kids, only teens survive. Jefferson and his 'tribe' are holed up in Washington Square in New York City, knowing all along that supplies are dwindling and they will all die around the time they turn 18. But one of Jeff's group thinks he has an answer to the virus - the ground zero origin as well as the possibility of a cure. It's up to Jeff to get a small party across a ravaged Manhattan and up to the tip of Long Island. They will battle other tribes, wild animals, and worse both above and below the dangerous streets of New York City. At stake is much more than their lives.

Weitz has done an excellent job of creating characters with rich and very teen dialogue. The book has two POVs: Jeff and his childhood friend Donna. All of the tribe are characters in themselves and watching their personalities spark off each other (and others they meet along the way) is a lot of the fun of the book. The plot flows quite smoothly and this is a very easy but engaging read. I smiled quite a few times at the observations, dialogue, and thoughts of these characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Dystopian You've Probably Read Before August 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
As far as dystopians go, The Young World doesn’t necessarily have an entirely original plot. It’s being directly compared to Gone by Michael Grant. I read and enjoyed Gone, which I guess is why this book didn’t really wow me much.

I had to force myself to read this book because I was bored. I couldn’t connect to any of the narrators in the book. In fact, I was more than annoyed by the fact that the narrators seemed to be self-aware of the fact that they were narrators.
“I am going to be a reliable narrator. Like, totally. You can trust me.”

Both narrators are whiny and annoying in their own way. Jefferson is annoying in his “got to save them all” attitude. He’s really self-righteous and must save everybody and do everything. This is the apocalypse! There’s no time to think of everybody else. Donna is annoying because she overuses the word “like” and says one thing while she means another. She goes off on random tangents and then randomly resumes what she was saying.

There was a lot of name-dropping throughout the book, and pop culture references as well. At times it was fine, but others it just seemed like it was just there to be there.

What I did like about this book is that it had the classic “dystopian” feel. It also had great world building. I really liked that even if there weren’t adults present, the teens found ways to coexist without destroying the world (Lord of the Flies taught them well). The end explains the mysterious sickness, and I’m curious as to how the next books are going to be developed.

Overall, while I don’t think the plot was entirely original, and I didn’t connect to the main characters, if you haven’t read a book like this before, you’ll probably enjoy it more than I.

A review copy of this book was provided by the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars!
The Young World is about a society in which a Sickness kills all the adults and children, leaving a world filled with teenagers, and when the teenagers reach adulthood, they also... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kiersten Kozbial
3.0 out of 5 stars All a bit too vanilla for me!
In this book we have a group of teenager, survivors of a sickness that killed all the adults and the young children, leaving teenagers unaffected until they reach a certain age or... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Gizzimomo Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Every YA who has read this has recommended it to me.
Two years ago a virus wiped out the young and old, leaving teens in New York to fight for survival in a world with no future. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Queen Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Well worth reading whatever one's age.
Whatever Chris Weitz sets out to do, he does exceedingly well. His first novel is no exception.
Published 1 month ago by KS
2.0 out of 5 stars THE YOUNG WORLD 2.5 STARS SPOILERS
Hello reviewers you guessed it, its me Paige the Booklion here now reviewing The Young World…
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Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good work. I look forward to more.
Published 2 months ago by Lydia E. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book in fantastic condition thank you
Published 2 months ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic dystopian novel for a more mature audience
Warning: minor spoilers ahead!

I absolutely loved this book. I'm a big fan of the dystopian genre and am often disappointed by the Young Adult selection. Read more
Published 2 months ago by KB
4.0 out of 5 stars Why I'll be reading book two...I love the tribes!
In a NYC run by teenagers left after a mysterious Sickness, Weitz uses his movie know-how to create a plot driven, fast-paced novel through the voices of childhood friends. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Meghann @ Becoming Books
3.0 out of 5 stars This book had problems, certain ones that made me want to throttle one...
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This book had problems, certain ones that made me want to throttle one of the characters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dark Faerie Tales
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