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The Young World

(The Young World #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  4,321 ratings  ·  760 reviews
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 c
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Ash Wednesday
Jun 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with lots of gifs lying around... have at it.
DNF at 60%
I have seen the future, and it is bacon.

You people with that library of unused, witty snarky gifs will have a field day with this one.

You know whose writing style Chris Weitz reminds me of? Victoria Scott. And know that despite not being able to finish this, I mean no disrespect to either authors in drawing that comparison. I only mean to attempt an intelligent guess on which reader group this book may appeal to. Which is a good thing, because I believe there is an audience for th
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The Young World had a lot to promise. I was immediately fascinated by the idea of teens ruling the world with no adults or little kids around to get in their way. I mean, that would make me one step closer to world domination. And that would make the world a glorious place, amirite?

For me, The Young World seemed to be a character orientated read. How much you enjoy this book will most likely rely on whether or not you can connect with the plethora of characte
Apr 09, 2012 marked it as i-have-my-reasons
Come 2014, I think teens are going to realize how overdone and stale this plot is. Couldn't he have come up with something a tad bit more original?

Also, The Tribe called, they want their overdone plot back.

✨    jamieson   ✨

Alright. Oh boy. This book was a DOWNRIGHT MESS. I mean, not only was it a mess, it was also incredibly offensive and poorly written and I just can't believe this is actually a published book

I'm gonna just break this down and yeaH.

Literally every supporting character is a stereotype.

First we have Peter, who's African American and GAY. I put gay in capital letters because it's the main thing you actually know about him. All he talk
C.G. Drews
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was really excited to read this one, because a) I'm a huge fan of Gone by Michael Grant and this looked similar and b) APOCALYPSE. Accuse me all you want, peoples, but I do find the apocalypse fascinating. (Except for the part about no WiFi...I don't find that fascinating at all.)
I was a little bit underwhelmed, unfortunately, but I still liked this book.

Basically: I love all theories about the apocalypse. One of the coolest is probably the There Are No More Adults So The Kids Create Havoc.
Anatea Oroz
This description sounds awfully familiar. I wonder why is that... Oh, I know! That's the description of The Tribe, a really cool 90's TV Show.

I'll tell you a little bit about the show...

There is a virus that wiped out all the adults. Not a single adult survived, only the childern and the teens are left in the world and no one knows what caused it. There is no electricity anymore, the food is scarce and the world is a dangerous place to live in. The tribes are forming, the battle over the domina
The Young World was a slog to read through. In many ways, I've read this book before. Some disease kills off all of the adults (ages 18+) and the young children, leaving teenagers in the throes of puberty in charge. And they are the people with guns and unlimited amounts of ammo.

You really do need to suspend belief to enjoy this book. Think about it, a biological warfare type of disease that kills adults and children. I'm no immunologist but you would think that after a disease ran its course,
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Maybe more about a 2.5/5 for me
I didn't love this book though the concept and general world was really intriguing!
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-dystopian
Action-packed, violent, but overall an engaging read. I loved the travel/quest/survival aspect of this. BUT, i abhorred the threat of rape that was ever present. This book should come with a trigger warning. I love that the main character was non-white. Plus, Weitz has a really cool take on the social order of the world after the apocalypse, and it reflects on our world now. Actually pretty thought-provoking at times. I liked that this took place just 2 years after the Sickness, instead of hundr ...more
nidah05 (SleepDreamWrite)
I was drawn to the story of this, since you got the post Apocalypse, teens trying to survive. And well, it made me think of the Tribe and Beyond Thunderdome. Kudos for the Mad Max reference. I mean how could you not?

Anyway, this was, well, first half was okay but once the story and pace picked up, its a 3.5.

I liked some of the characters, like See Through, Brainbox and Jefferson. Donna however I kind of didn't like at first, but later on she grows on you.

The writing was okay. The romance was oka
Jun 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Nope. Nope. I can't do it anymore. I can't read these YA books that showcase whiny characters and bad writing.

At first, I wondered if i was dealing with some fatigue as this is the third apocalyptic/dystopia book I've read in the past month. But as the pages droned on and on, I realized that the voices of the characters created no sympathy, no connection for me. I did not care if this world burned or survived.

I still recommend that if you are curious about the story, please read it. Just be aw
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: post-apoclyptic

As a reader, sometimes you pick up a book and you can just tell that it's not for you. Unfortunately, this was how I felt about Chris Weitz's debut The Young World. To me, the premise was a bit lacking and the characters were irritating.

The premise is not one that is necessarily new or original and it gave me a bit of a sense of deja vu towards Michael Grant's Gone series. I was expecting Weitz to put his own twists on it to make it a bit more original, but he didn't really have anything to
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was kindly provided with a copy by Little Brown & Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

I had heard a lot of good things about this book, the first young adult novel from acclaimed director Chris Weitz (Twilight:New Moon / Golden Compass etc!) set in the near future in New York City a sickness has decimated the cities adults and young children leaving just the teenagers behind.

Left to fend for themselves these teenagers form tribes and stick to their different parts of town, this story is
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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The Young World is acclaimed director Chris Weitz's debut novel and while it isn't the best dystopian novel I've read this year, it is extremely entertaining. Weitz has written such a thrilling sci-fi book that showcases his incredible storytelling abilities; The Young World is a cinematic tale with clear world-building and unique characters that will engage readers from start to finish. Weitz has created a gritty, realistic scenario of wha
Eric Boot
3.5 stars.
My thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Point of View: Dual (Jefferson & Donna)
Writing: First Person | Present Tense
Setting: New York
Genre: Sci-Fi | Post-Apocalyptic (Pandemic)

This book is promising, but I enjoyed only about 30% of it. Back then I thought the humor was a nice touch. In a twisted way, it helped make the book more interesting. Later on, it became weird and annoying.

The story was told from 2 POV's. I didn't have much problem with Jefferson's POV at first, but Donna's PO
❤Marie Gentilcore
2.75 stars. This book started out feeling juvenile to me but it did have a lot of action and it kept my interest all the way through. The premise is that in the future some biological agent kills adults and children and now all that is left are teens who are protected by some hormone they have that goes away in adulthood. I liked the characters but would have liked them to be more developed or fleshed out. I'm not sure if I will go on to book 2 but I might because I am curious to see how things ...more
First Look:  The adult-free, kid/teen-run society plot has been a subtle trend for a long time now.  It's never been the big thing, but these books just keep popping up.  And, for the most part, I'm into it--I love Gone and The Maze Runner, and then there's the classic  Lord of the Flies  (with which I have a weird relationship).  So, I figured, "Hey, let's give this a shot."  Now, though, I'm wondering if we need to give this trend a rest.

I wish this setting made sense.  Sure, I'll
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
It was better than I thought it would be. Not as predicable either. The end was but when you are reading a series it is hard not to know the ending.
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Quick & Dirty: This book had problems, certain ones that made me want to throttle one of the characters. However, the plot twists and turns kept me interested enough to read on and I ended up enjoying it.

Opening Sentence: It’s another gorgeous Spring day after the fall of civilization.

The Review:

Meet the group of Washington Square, survivors of a disease that killed all but those in their teenage years. When you reach 18, though, you fall pray to it. When Jeff
Aug 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Any time a novel puts me into a reading slump, I know that the review and my liking of the book are going to go down, dramatically.

I was so close to DNFing THE YOUNG WORLD. It started off interesting. I liked the idea of a world where adults don’t exist, and in this post-apocalyptic world, where kids (under the age of 18) have to fend for themselves, well, it’s an interesting concept to me.

Unfortunately, Chris Weitz could not keep the idea from becoming boring, and I pretty much will blame it o
Amber Hetchler
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
And I'm reminded of why I'm not a fan of multiple POVs.
Because I usually end up disliking the view of one of the characters and deeply dread their chapters.
So who was it this time? Donna or Jefferson?

I won't keep you in suspense: it was Donna.
Maybe it was just because I hated her so much, but it felt like her chapters were way longer than Jefferson's? I don't know, but I couldn't stand the ridiculous way she spoke. She said 'like' no less than 50 times each chapter. She was that annoying, fick
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first I was skeptical about this book. I thought "Ok, another YA dystopian. Awesome..." But even though it took me a little while to warm up to it, once I did, I. Devoured. It. Whole. There are these moments in the book, and certain lines that really made me stop, think about what just happened/was said. For a first novel, and the first in a trilogy, I gotta give to to Chris Weitz for throwing down a pretty solid piece.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
What.. The end is so weird, I don't understand this shit.
I started reading this a few months ago, but it was pretty boring, so I stopped. I just picked it up again, about three days ago, to finish. And I did.
The story is just so slow, thats why I give it three stars. The idea itself is awesome, but I just got bored so yeah..
Demi (Breaking Bookshelves)
Sounds like Gone, but also not like Gone. Hmm...hope it turns out well. ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Yes, the story has similarities to others, but it is still a good book. I enjoyed reading descriptions of the City of New York after most of the world's inhabitants have died.

I'll read the next in the series.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
omg, can't wait for the second book//One of my favorite now:')
✨Rosé Reads✨
Edit- I took my star rating away since I didn’t reach the half way point. If I read at least 50% I feel like it makes it better to rate because I have a better idea of the book. I read the last page since I knew I wouldn’t continue and it’s interesting but seems like a lot of other books I’ve read or hear about unfortunately.

DNF - this just did not work for me. I feel bad giving it 1 star because I didn't make it that far but I wanted to share what I felt about this (about 10%)
-The writing styl
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Closer to a 3.5 rating I think.

So this book is the first in a series and it is a post apocalyptic/dystopian series where all kids up until the age of 13 and anybody over the age of 18 have been wiped out by 'the sickness'

So essentially it is only teenagers who are left alive and are trying to survive until they eventually reach adulthood and die from this sickness.

So whilst I enjoyed this book I feel the story is very overly familiar in the fact that the plot kind of just seems to be regurgitate
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Young World sounded like it was going to be a great book. The main book it was being compared to, which I haven’t read, is the Gone series by Michael Grant. For me, it felt as though it was more like the Partials series by Dan Wells. Regardless of what it seemed to be similar too, it just wasn’t a good book. I rarely come across books that I don’t enjoy at all, but sadly, this was one of them. I am sure Chris Weitz is an incredibly talented person, but I really do feel as though he fell way ...more
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Chris Weitz is an Oscar-nominated writer and director. His films include The Twilight Saga: New Moon, A Better Life, About a Boy, The Golden Compass,   and  American Pie The Young World  is his first novel. 

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