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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

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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

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0316226297
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition (July 29, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780316226295
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316226295
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 15 years and up
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 10 and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.3 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.38 x 1.33 x 9.38 inches
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Chris Weitz is an Oscar-nominated writer and director. His films include The Twilight Saga: New Moon, A Better Life, About a Boy, The Golden Compass, American Pie, Cinderella, and the forthcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Young World is his first YA trilogy.

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