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The Young World (The Young World, 1) Hardcover – July 29, 2014
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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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#1,487,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,247 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Action & Adventure
- #2,535 in Teen & Young Adult Survival Stories
- #3,056 in Teen & Young Adult Dystopian
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The Golden Compass, an excellent 2007 adventure genre film adapted and directed by Weitz, though excised of its more controversial elements by the studio, had it's gross tarnished by an unfair pre-release dialogue. "Would Jesus see this film?" was a magazine headline. I think the new and current Pope would be fine with it, and honestly, I don't know if Jesus would have spent his time watching sci-fi adventure films ANYWAY, as cool as he was/is. But the damage was done. North America wasn't going to go see a film that was buzzed about as if it was a gateway to their children questioning Sunday services.
What was lost in that dialogue about the movie was what an effective and fun movie Golden Compass was. I believe it's sort of a collective lost we didn't get to experience more of the films. The elements for a very satisfying trilogy were in place.
Even all these years later Weitz released, via Twitter, his first written draft of The Golden Compass. Its a 180 page adaptation filled with reverence for the source material, and is also what he calls "unfilmable". It's also a testament to his skill as a writer, his thoughtful approach to a property, and it's release a little bit of residual artistic sadness that the film wasn't given the chance it may have deserved (nor the final cut he had intended).
So what in the world does all this have to do with his book?
Well, "world" is the operative word. This dude knows how to build a “world”; detailed, fast moving and a ton of fun thanks to some memorable characters insights on a post-apocalyptic predicament, and their break-neck journey to solve it.
Firstly, I haven't read a ton of Young Adult Fiction since the 80s , The Golden Compass and Potter being the sole exceptions. (I’m not even sure those qualify as YA.) I am however a fan of Chris Weitz, and was hoping to see his voice and influences loud and clear. I wasn't disappointed.
Weitz has a proven track-record for writing and directing kids. This spirit is alive and well here . The burgeoning struggle with identity roles and pre-mature forced nostalgia, all facilitate the plot and inject tremendous humor and insight. These kids miss Facebooking as much living in the safety of a in the world that created social media. Yes, there are a ton of pop-culture references, but this abandoned generation is one where this is the culture that has shaped their lives. They mourn the Gods of Google and Facebook. Of SMS and IPhones. It's easier to mourn these losses then the overwhelming crush of the entirety of the adult world. Their self-consciousness in referencing a Gone World isn't lost on these kids, and provides much of the humor throughout. "What matters now?"
If anyone is prepared to adapt and embrace wild hope, or even act out of "meh-whatever-might-as-well" indifference, it's teenagers. They do adapt, in both vicious and inspiring ways. And with a lot of welcome humor.
There is nothing like the buzz of getting wrapped up in a good story that is well told.
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Ich kann das Buch nur weiterempfehlen.