The Young World by Chris WeitzThe Young World by Chris Weitz

The Young World

byChris Weitz

Hardcover | December 10, 2015

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"Chris Weitz has made a beautiful transition from writing and directing films to novels.The Young Worldis populated with characters you won't forget and a story as fresh and urgent asDivergent."--James Patterson, #1NY Timesbestselling author ofMaximum Ride.
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 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.
This first novel from acclaimed film writer/director Chris Weitz is the heart-stopping debut of an action-packed trilogy.
Chris Weitz is an Oscar-nominated writer and director. His films includeTwilight: New Moon,A Better Life,About a Boy,The Golden Compass,American Pie,Cinderella, and the upcomingRogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Young World is his first YA trilogy.
Title:The Young WorldFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.32 inShipping dimensions:9.38 × 6.38 × 1.32 inPublished:December 10, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316226297

ISBN - 13:9780316226295

Appropriate for ages: 15


Rated 5 out of 5 by from a quick read! I got this book on a bargain so figured, what the heck! I enjoyed this story a lot and have purchased the next book.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Excuse Me? I got this book as a bargain book on my visit to the bookstore and I am so disappointed at how it turned out. First of all, when you flip open the book, you are thrown into the immediate "what the heck?' because the book just starts off in the middle of nowehere. Before you fully grasp what was happening, a very important character dies. Excuse me??? There are a lot of teenage sterotypes throughout the book, thus not making the book blend in with the books of its own kind. The ending seemed extremely rushed, as a lot of details are missing to connect the puzzle pieces. But there were some good points, like the okayish developed characters and the setting. However, I feel that only the male characters are well developed, because the female characters cared for romance, a lot.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Token Diversity and Lack of Good Females Loved the amount of diversity amongst the characters but it seemed like there were a lot of "token" characters. And there was a lot I didn't like about the writing. Jeff's point of view demonstrated just how naive he was but also how much of a natural leader he was. Donna's point of view was so irritating though! She was written as if she didn't have a brain and only cared about Jeff once he started caring about someone else. I hate that Donna is so insulting in her own mind and the writing of her thoughts almost made me put the book down at the switch of point of view (and that was chapter two). The plot has been beaten to death and people more eloquent with words than I have already stated that. I see that it gets compared to the Gone series by Michael Grant and that series was so disappointing to me I don't even want to bring it up. (WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO THE BREEZE /end rant) The action scenes were just not engaging to me and seemed hastily thrown together. It was as if he couldn't decide how he wanted to write them and went with trying to describe them, but it was lost on me since the novel was narrated first person. I find it extremely difficult to immerse myself in fight scenes when they are written in first person. The love triangle and its ending was so overdone and one of the reasons I probably will not read this book ever again. I am so sick of unnecessary love triangles that end with one of the characters dying so that there is no real choice and also I am sick of man pain brought about by a female character dying. It is so freaking ridiculous and those are two trends that I hope die in the near future. The ending intrigued me to see how the story will play out since the disease supposedly kills adults but there were alive adults at the end other than the crazy old man. Overall: 3/5 stars for lack of originality for the fact that the females were made specifically to make the guys into more well-rounded characters.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Hiver et Cafe I thought this book is really fantastic. I haven't read a post-apocalyptic like this in some time and this reminded me of why I enjoyed the genre so much. THE YOUNG WORLD is told in dual POVs that switch between two main characters, Jefferson and Donna. Both of them have a distinct voice to their chapters and they are both smart and funny in the way that they tell their story. However, there were some things about the way the dialogue was formatted that bothered me a lot. During scenes of back and forth dialogue, it's displayed like this: CharacterName: "Whatever it is that they said." That formatting really bothers me because it just stands out in my brain and distracts me from reading the story. I get that the characters are writing their story down for posterity, but that formatting just really makes for harder reading. This book reminds me of a more mature and less supernatural verson of GONE by Michael Grant. This book has the tribes and it has the "rebuilding" of society and such. I can only really base this comparison on what I've read in GONE. I haven't really continued on with that series. Anyways, THE YOUNG WORLD touches on a lot of very possible and very real things that could happen should the apocalypse occur. It touches on prostitution, cannibalism, the social hierarchy and the hierarchy of needs. I like that it was smart with this and how it adds that realism aspect to the novel. However, with Jefferson, who is a philosophy snob, I felt that he was a little too preachy at times with his beliefs and how he wants to build a better world after they perhaps find a cure for the disease that killed all the adults. Also, I feel that Jefferson is a bit of a bad leader, because he pretty much upped and left his tribe to go off on his adventure. Brave and just a bit stupid. This book is dark. While it has that realism to it, I do see that YA touch to it as well. I think this would be geared better towards the higher end of the YA age group and probably not great for younger audiences unless you happen to be incredibly mature. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book and THAT CLIFFHANGER. I really need to know what happens next!
Date published: 2014-08-21

Editorial Reviews

"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."-Booklist