Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

August 6, 2014 Book 16 ★★½

Review: The Young World by Chris WeitzThe Young World by Chris Weitz
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Young Adult
Series: The Young World Trilogy #1
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on July 29, 2014
Source: Netgalley
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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 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.

Marianne’s Thoughts: 

As far as dystopians go, The Young World doesn’t necessarily have an entirely original plot. It’s being directly compared to Gone by Michael Grant. I read and enjoyed Gone, which I guess is why this book didn’t really wow me much.

I had to force myself to read this book because I was bored. I couldn’t connect to any of the narrators in the book. In fact, I was more than annoyed by the fact that the narrators seemed to be self-aware of the fact that they were narrators.

“I am going to be a reliable narrator. Like, totally. You can trust me.”

Both narrators are whiny and annoying in their own way. Jefferson is annoying in his “got to save them all” attitude. He’s really self-righteous and must save everybody and do everything. This is the apocalypse! There’s no time to think of everybody else. Donna is annoying because she overuses the word “like” and says one thing while she means another. She goes off on random tangents and then randomly resumes what she was saying.

There was a lot of name-dropping throughout the book, and pop culture references as well. At times it was fine, but others it just seemed like it was just there to be there.

What I did like about this book is that it had the classic “dystopian” feel. It also had great world building. I really liked that even if there weren’t adults present, the teens found ways to coexist without destroying the world (Lord of the Flies taught them well). The end explains the mysterious sickness, and I’m curious as to how the next books are going to be developed.

Overall, while I don’t think the plot was entirely original, and I didn’t connect to the main characters, if you haven’t read a book like this before, you’ll probably enjoy it more than I.

Did you like my review? If so, would you mind voting for it on Amazon or liking on Goodreads? 😉
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  • Why would only teens survive? Is that ever explained? Seems a bit illogical.

    That narrator thing would totally annoy me. It’s like breaking the fourth wall and, though I enjoy that in movies / TV, in books it’s SO ANNOYING. I hate it.

    Maybe the pop culture references were there in case you forgot they were teens 😉

    • Yes, it’s explained! It’s a little bit “out there” but it kind of works.

      I don’t like when they break the fourth wall in books just because it makes me not trust where it’s going.

      I think I realised there were teens by the 8th time in a row that a pop culture reference was mentioned 😉

  • I LOVED the Gone series; I think it would be hard to replicate that. But really, it wouldn’t need to be replicated…it could still be good in and of itself. I’ve read so many books *like* the Hunger Games that have been good apart from the series.

    But it sounds like this book just wasn’t that good of a book period. That narrator quote haha…and because I *must* go to the Gone quotes, Sam sounds like a MUCH better narrator. He always seems responsible without being annoying, and certainly garnered my loyalty. I fI couldn’t connect to the characters in this book, I don’t see how I could like it itself.

    Great review! 😀

    • I always liked Sam! He was courageous and nice. Whereas Jeff just seems like he wants to save every body. Thanks, Lina! 🙂

  • *sigh* This book lost me the minute you mentioned the narrators knew they were narrators *rolls eyes* and that quote made me cringe. I didn’t read the Gone series (although i’ve always wanted too i just haven’t been able to work up that level of commitment i’d need for that series) but i still don’t think this one is my type of book. Thanks for the heads up 🙂

  • How can you even do that? Read even though you were bored? 🙁 Gosh, I need more patience. Anyway, I haven’t read Gone. But it’s on my TBR 🙂 The premise of this book looks promising though and I’m not that much of a fan when it comes to Dystopia. So maybe I won’t be that bored? 😛 I’m sorry you did not like it that much though. 🙂

    • I don’t know! I think I’m TOO patient! Instead of wasting my time reading something that bored me I could’ve been reading something else! *sigh* You probably will enjoy it more because you’ve never encountered a book like this before?

  • Thanks for the fantastic review! I’m sorry this book didn’t work for you. I’ve been hesitant to add it to my Goodreads TBR, and if it’s not entirely original, I’m not going to bother. I feel like dystopian authors need to do a LOT of work to make their story original in order for me to read it.

    • If you don’t read much dystopian as it is, maybe you’ll find this original? I read a lot of dystopian books which is why I really didn’t find anything surprising about this one. But yes, I agree. Many dystopian books out there just seem copies of other dystopians.

  • Aw, you didn’t like it?! I do agree with the Gone comparisons, though…which definitely disappointed me. I LOVE Gone!! And I think maaaaybe the pop culture references were a little over-the-top in this? Maybe? Heh. I didn’t understand a lot of them anyway. >-<

    • I understood them but was annoyed that they took over some parts of the story. I want to read the second one, for what it’s worth :$

  • I’ve read a lot of varied reviews on this one, I’m glad it was a classic dystopian but then I think I’d just read Gone so I can get the same idea. It’s actually interesting because I don’t see a lot of dystopians published these days, so I find it surprising that they went ahead with this one regardless of it’s similarity to other books. Great review Marianne!

    • Sometimes they go ahead with it because if other books were succesful with that same theme, why not this one? Thanks for stopping by, Jeann!

  • Boooo . . . I’m kind of already over dystopians, so I’m definitely going to pass on this one. And yeah, the self-aware you-can-trust-me narrator sounds super annoying. It kind of defeats the purpose of having a suspect narrator, you know? Blah.

    • Yessss. Plus I think it just defeats its purpose of trusting the character. Too bad you’re over dystopians, though! Maybe you just need to find a really good one!