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