Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Young World by Chris Weitz Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"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."

My copy of The Young World is an ARC Copy. Just FYI.

Well, this is yet another book of the possible future of today. Although the apocalypse has yet to happen (or maybe it is happening right now and we don't know it yet), readers love those types of books. A new world of violence and chaos. A world with characters and their questionable moral compasses. They murder just because they want to. Why do they do that? "Why not?" is the scary answer Weitz (the author of this book) provides.

Anyway, in The Young World, there are no adults. They are all dead from a mysterious virus/Sickness. (That sounds like zombies, but it isn't). The world only contains young people with minor flashbacks before the Sickness happened. (Sounds like people who haven't gotten over their past yet). Oh, and some people (children or teens, to be more specific) goes insane. Which sounds so family, doesn't it? (Lord of the Flies or Gone. Gone is technically an adapted version based on Lord of the Flies. Okay, I'll stop being so nerdy and weird. Oh, wait. I already a nerd).

Told from two POVs, The Young World tells the scary tale of future New York City. In that new world (Future New York City), there are cannibals, crazy lions on the loose (plus some free carnivorous animals from Central Park Zoo), gun makers (a bit complicated), pimps (no lies), hookers (I'm not joking), and insane people dedicated to protecting books with their lives (That is my crowd right there) who are also cannibals (the very same cannibals I originally mentioned; this is no longer my crowd). Yes, these are all teenagers. At least the nerds are still alive. With guns. Machine guns, stun grenades, regular grenades, and also possibly, bombs. Which is frighteningly possible due to these teenagers' high amount of violence. But let's hope that NYC will never turn out like that and a deadly virus will never appear. Needless to say, that is a high amount of world-building. Weitz spread it out well enough throughout the book. The readers are constantly learning from Donna and Jefferson's point of views.

Jefferson (whose race I'm not able to determined) is a polite boy. According to Donna, he seems to be of Prince Charming type. Always kind, a perfect gentleman. But he has a dark side. He is very brave and smart and excellent at persuading people. Even though he worries he isn't a good leader, he is a good leader. He might have blood on his hands, but he is an good character. His thoughts aren't as jumbled as Donna's and his POV is easier to read.

Donna, on the other hand, speaks in script. Well, not exactly in script. No, she speaks like Facebook chat. Yes, that is a very good description of how her thoughts appear in her POV. The difference is quite surprising but also very refreshing. It takes about two chapters to get used to, but I think it fits her well. Donna is more sarcastic and observing than Jefferson. Her guts are obvious while Jefferson uses more tactical means to get what he wants.

Overall, I think The Young World is a great story. It may not be a classic, but it is a great story to escape into. There is a good amount of action.

Rating: Four out of Five

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