The Young World

The Young World

Book - 2014
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Jefferson, with his childhood friend Donna, leads a tribe of teenagers in New York City on a dangerous quest to find an antidote for a mysterious illness that wiped out all adults and children.
Publisher: New York ;, Boston :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316226295
0316226297
Branch Call Number: YA Weitz
Characteristics: 373 pages ;,24 cm

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sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

As far as post-apocalyptic teen dramas go, this one was not the best, or even close to it. I had a very difficult time buying into the overall premise of a disease that kills everyone, except teens. Although it is plausible to think that a world governed by teens would quickly become a mecca for cruelty and vice, it feels like a lot of the terrible things that happen are added merely for shock value. The author really threw just about every controversial topic he could think of into one story: violence, rape, racism, homophobia, cannibalism, animal abuse, child soldiers, gangs, you name it…it’s probably in there. It’s hard to believe that there is anything left to address in two more books.

To the author’s credit, it is hard to be original with an overdone storyline, but I nevertheless found myself wanting more from the main characters and more from the story.

I won’t be continuing forward with this series.

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pink_chicken_224
May 15, 2019

The book might have been Ok if they would just stop using text talk. I am almost certain that no one says W T F or LOL in real life unless they're saying it ironically. Maybe people do say it unironically, but I'm sure that no one would if the world ended. The plots Ok, but could be better. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone close to me. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

JCLChrisK Jan 18, 2017

A really nice balance of action and character--thoughtfully entertaining. With an interesting setting that's a bit of a Lord of the Flies, Mad Max, and Hunger Games mash-up. I'm looking forward to book two.

"It's another gorgeous spring day after the fall of civilization. . . . "

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black_falcon_167
Aug 31, 2015

I was looking forward to reading this book until they started cussing pretty bad. I was disappointed.

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black_falcon_167
Aug 31, 2015

Coarse Language: By the 11th page there was F, S, A and D. This ruined the book for me. So be careful if you get this book.

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