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The Young World

(The Young World #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  3,881 ratings  ·  724 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 this
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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
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
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017


Płaczę ze śmiechu
płaczę ze smutku
płaczę jaka ta książka jest dobra.


+ BOHATEROWIE kocham ich
+ różnorodność wow
+ tyle zabawnych tekstów że umieram
+ serce połamane ale cóż
- autorze, piszesz książkę, a nie scenariusz.
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.
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,
Vasco Santos
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
É uma história que começa com um ritmo alucinante, onde, através dos olhos de Donna e Jefferson acompanhamos a viagem de um grupo de adolescentes, em busca da cura para um doença que matou todas as crianças e adultos.

Quando reparei que o livro era narrado por duas personagens pensei que cada uma estivesse num determinado tempo, mas não, ambas as personagens se encontram no mesmo espaço temporal, e a sua narração é contínua, apenas muda o ponto de vista sobre o acontecimento.
Para explicar toda a
beloved books by Tine
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, weg
es hatte einige nervige stellen zwischen den Beiden. er liebt sie und sie ihn und dann doch nicht und sie weiß es wieder nicht usw.
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!
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
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otro libro distopíco, otra historia juvenil que podría resultar más de lo mismo, pero en esta ocasión una historia sin censuras, dura y con ingredientes muy buenos que enganchan desde el primer momento. Tiene mucha acción, es trepidante y hay varios misterios que te dejan con ganas de seguir leyendo, además (de forma más secundaria) hay algo de romance, algo que no eclipsa para nada la trama principal donde los protagonistas tendrán que enfrentarse continuamente a peligros y buscar una cura.

Es u
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
Nidah (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
Tof boek over een wereld zonder volwassenen, waar een virus ervoor zorgt dat niemand ouder wordt dan achttien. Een spannend avontuur vol referenties naar de wereld van hiervoor. Wel vond ik persoonlijk de reis erg lang duren, terwijl het einde - aangekomen op de bestemming - opeens enorm snel ging. Ook de romantiek was een beetje cheesy, maar de allerlaatste zin maakt me dan toch weer nieuwsgierig naar meer.
Mijn complete recensie lees je op Oog op de Toekomst.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uwielbiam ten pomysł, uwielbiam klimat, ale ciąg przyczynowo-skutkowy nie istnieje w tej historii. Aby wymieniać absurdy i bezsensy fabuły nie ma miejsca i czasu. Powiem tylko, że gdyby autor popracował nad bazą, czyli nad opisem świata przedstawionego oraz zasad nim rządzących to byłaby to jedna z najciekawszych i najbardziej oryginalnych serii na rynku, jeśli chodzi o ten gatunek.
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 ad
Heather Duff
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 stor
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
Eric Boot
3.5 stars.
Lost In My Books
"Mamy kolejny piękny wiosenny dzień po upadku cywilizacji."

Moja intuicja mówiła mi, że ta książka wcale nie będzie taka dobra. Ale zaintrygował mnie autor.
Chris Weitz - reżyser i autor, jest twórcą filmów saga Zmierzch, Złoty kompas, American Pie. Napisał również z Tonym Gilorym scenariusz do ,,Łotr 1: Gwiezdne Wojny", więc sami widzicie, że autor intrygujący. Byłam ciekawa, co może stworzyć ktoś, kto wydał takie hity. No ale niestety intuicja mnie nie zawiodła...

,,Młody świat" to historia pos
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ster.
Ik vond het een goed boek, ik ben ook zeker benieuwd naar deel 2. Alleen helaas niet zo orgineel.
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'
Cristiana de Sousa
Começar o ano com uma historia pós-apocalíptica, onde só sobrevivem a uma doença fatal, os adolescentes. Melhor seria impossível xD A narrativa é contada sobre dois pontos diferentes. O que na minha opinião foi um aspecto muito positivo no desenvolvimento da trama. Os capítulos são curtos o que nos permite avançar com mais rapidez na leitura. E a escrita do autor também me surpreendeu, alem de rápida mas bastante explicita, existe ao longo da historia imensas referencias à cultura Pop actual, o ...more
❤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 ac
Verta, suolenpätkiä, toimintaa – niitä tässä piisaa.

Sen sijaan en oikein pääse yli siitä, kuinka tarinan tytöt – lähes koko ihmiskunnan tuhonneen viruksen jälkeisessä ultraväkivaltaisessa maailmassa – kerrotaan ja nähdään lähinnä fyysisten ominaisuuksien ja niiden pohtimisen kautta. Come on, ei ketään kiinnosta postapokalypsissa, minkä kokoiset tissit jollakulla on! Vielä vähemmän, millaiset jonkun toisen tissit ovat!

On tämä siltikin, piru vieköön, ihan vetävää kerrontaa.
Aimee Meester
It's such a cool concept but ehhhh
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Opening Sentence: It’s another gorgeous Spring day after the fall of civilization.

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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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