The Young Worldby Chris Weitz (Website, Twitter)
Series: The Young World Trilogy #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2014-07-29
Genres: Adolescence, Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.
Do you remember Chris Weitz? As a big Twilight fan – I did remember him quite well! He was the director of New Moon, and when I heard about him writing a book I was all over it. And, even more at BEA this year, the wonderful people from Little Brown was gushing about this book so much that I broke my Dystopian Hiatus for The Young World
Pic taken from the very cool “The Young World” website
Oh damn! All Adults and Kids are dying….
The story takes place not far in the future after a disease wiped out all kids and adults, basically everyone who is not adolescent. Even more, kids that reach maturity also die. Needless to say, it’s been chaos in a world where kids are left to fend for themselves! Different tripes are formed that have different ways of living together. There are those where the strongest rule over the weak, but also others where they help each other and try to utilise each one strength for the common good. It’s an interesting approach, to show all the different forms of societies reflected in these kids way of living and dealing with this situation!
We get two very distinct and unique voices and POV – Jefferson and Donna. And … I LOVE Jeffersons voice so so much! He’s funny, despite the circumstances, he’s a leader, even though a reluctant one and he has the heart at the right place. But he does not shy away from responsibilities either which makes him the perfect leader anyways!
Donna.. Hm Donna was a little more difficult. Chris Weitz tried to capture a very girly voice and Donna is a very special and sometimes weird personality. With her, I had a few more problems to connect and it’s easy to be annoyed by her. I got used to it at some points, but I was always eagerly wishing for Jeffersons chapters!
Let’s Save The World!
New revelations and a smart geeky kid leads our heroes to look for a cure to save the world and all the kids that are dying once the reached maturity! This journey of course comes with loft of dangerous moments and Donna, Jefferson and their sidekicks stumbled from one dangerous place into the next. This had a typical quest-like structure which I didn’t mind too much as the different settings were quite interesting, some thrilling and some eerie.
As a Biologist, the explanation for the virus was a little.. far fetched, but we are dealing with fiction after all. It’s not complete non-sense though, so don’t get me wrong. There were some situations that I found rather weird, like the romance which didn’t get to me at all.
However, the end made up for these few shortcomings as it was a brilliant twist that I didn’t see coming and now I’m eager to read the next book!
*without Donna’s POV it would have been easily a 4 or 4.5!
The Young World by Chris Weitz was a very unique dystopian, as it comes with a very light and funny tone set in a very dire, dark world full of death. Jefferson completely rocked the story and I wish the whole book would have been writing from his POV. The storyline was captivating and compelling in it’s quest-like set up. Chris Weitz is definitely an author who manages to capture Young Adult voices in a very honest and genuine way!
It’s been a while I read a Dystopian, but this one was definitely worth my time! Again, I could have totally lived without Donna’s POV – but I really loved Jeffersons!