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{REVIEW} The Young World by Chris Weitz

by Chris Weitz


Genre: Young Adult, Scifi – Post-Apoc
Pub Date: Jul 29, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books FYR
Length: 400 pages
Spoilers: MARKED
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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 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.

thoughtsHappening, Without Happening
This is one of those books where things are obviously happening. The characters are moving, interacting and the plot is definitely moving forward and yet… nothing actually feels like it’s happening. There are tons of scenes and tons of action, but the actual main plot of the story has so little forward movement throughout the course of 400 pages that it’s kind of a bit dull.

An Adult Wrote This
Yeah… The best way I can come up with to explain how I felt about the character interactions (of young teenagers) is ‘an adult wrote this.’ Why do I say this? Because while I understand some teenagers are idiots (maybe all of them) and have very little self-worth and blah blah blah, the level of DUMB that these particular teenagers brought to the table was just annoying. One of the reasons that there was so little forward movement in the plot was because everyone kept focusing on relationships. Actually, the main plot might have been ‘find someone to die in the apocalypse with’ because that was all I really got out of the book… and not in a good way.

Humanity’s Darkness
I will say that one thing I did quite enjoy about this book was the dark side of humanity that it expressed. Teenagers are the only ones left after an apocalypse and the absurdity of the things they do and say and the societies they create is just… dumb. And yet there are those that are dark. They show the reality of what would truly happen should an apocalypse ever occur and I have to respect the author’s choice to show that side of humanity.

No Idea How to End
Nope. That ending was just such absolute garbage it wasn’t even funny. Super anticlimactic, rushed, and leaving me with no desire to read book two. So that’s that.


The End
Really? You end the book with ‘the adults are here.’ So, you set up an entire society (multiple) of teenagers and then when it comes time to ACTUALLY move the plot along you… completely throw it to the wayside? Yeah, maybe the teens still do something in book two, but now I don’t care because all I can imagine is some dumbass rebellion of teens. It’s just not a good way to end at all!


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4 thoughts on “{REVIEW} The Young World by Chris Weitz”

  1. I think the ending of a book will either make or break the entire book. I can dislike a book and then the right ending makes me appreciate it. Or I can love a book and a flat ending will ruin it.

    I liked the story and character development until the ending. Then I wasn’t sure if I liked it.

    SPOILER PARAGRAPH I was wondering the whole time “How do they KNOW there are no adults anywhere in the world? It’s not like they have worldwide communication to know that…” And I figured it was just something we were supposed to believe because the narrator said, until the ending of course. Then I was like “Yes, I knew it!”

    But also, as you mentioned how the next book goes could ruin the entire setup of the first one. I’d have to keep reading to know if this first book is a good setup for the second or if it totally changes trajectories.

    I blogged about that on my blog (https://amylsauder.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/book-review-the-young-world-by-chris-weitz/) two years ago, and I still haven’t invested in the second book to find out. I’m just not sure if it’s worth it. That ending by the author was quite a risk – maybe it pays off, I’m not sure.


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