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The Young World by Chris Weitz – Reveiw
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 another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.
The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park…and discovers truths they could never have imagined.
What I expected: I expected a travelling adventure, a mash-up of the movies The Warriors and Escape from New York with teens as the characters. If you are unfamiliar with those two movies, just imagine a band of adventurers trying to travel through New York and facing all sorts of deadly obstacles. The obstacles, of course, are humans, and we see the possible outcomes when people face adversity and have to protect themselves and their loved ones despite it.
What I got: I got just what I expected, in the type of story and the plotline but was happily surprised by the characters throughout the book. I got a cracking good read.
What I liked: I liked that the teens acted like they were teens. They all had different personalities, of course, but they didn’t act like mini adults, and their actions and reactions felt real to me. I liked that the different”tribes” also felt realistic to a certain extent, and though a couple felt a little overblown for the amount of time since the Sickness had destroyed adults, I can understand why they were done that way.
What I did not: I would not say that there was much to dislike here. There are certainly things that I did not enjoy – the final scenes had things that did not seem to fit within the worldbuilding but possibly could be explained in the sequel.
Cover talk: I like the cover. It is not truly aesthetically pretty, but it gives a potential reader a good idea of what they might be in for in this book, and it is definitely striking – seeing the cover made me read the blurb.
Recommendation: Post-apocalyptic fans will most likely enjoy this. Fans of buddy stories where a group of friends work together and travel away from their comfort zone in order to complete an important task will probably enjoy this, as well. While this is technically a young adult novel, it can definitely be read and appreciated by adults.