Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

Title: The Young World (The Young World #1)
Author: Chris Weitz
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Published: January 1, 2014

*I received an ARC ebook copy of The Young World via Netgalley and Little, Brown Books for You Readers in return for an honest review*

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.


I dislike having to write a review when I don't like a book. Those are my feelings right now. I just don't have much to say about this book. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it. 

One thing that ticked me off the most was that the characters knew they were narrators. Donna even says how she will be a reliable one. I like when books change point of view, because you can see into the head of more then one character that way. But I wanted to skip over Donna's parts. The amount of times that she says "Like" I wanted to scream. She compares it to a metaphor. 

I did like the plot, it was interesting and I liked the concept, but it moved way to fast. I didn't even understand half of what I read. I reread huge portions of this book. There was a lot of things in here that had nothing to do with the story. Flashbacks would get mixed up with the present story line creating a very confused Amber. 

Jefferson, dude, seriously? A girl is going to try to kill you, so what are you going to do? Hook up on the train platform with her? Yeah, not really a bright idea. One minute she wants to shot your brains in, then your tearing at each others clothes. Yes, I like kissing in books. I didn't like this though. I made no complete sense. 

A few things I liked about the book were the eeriness and the needing to know what was going to happen next. This was one of those books were I sat on the couch at 9pm and then suddenly it was 12am and everyone in my house had gone to bed. 

Now, I am not saying not to pick up this book. My opinion is one of thousands. This books just wasn't for me. It had a pretty cover though, that is a plus.

I was doing a little research I learned that The Young World was picked up by Warner Bros to be a movie. 


  1. I have seen two negative reviews so far for this book! I got approved from Netgalley as well. I am still going to read it, but definitely going to go into it knowing this!

    1. It wasn't horrible. It was just the style of writing and some of the things the characters did. I just wouldn't have expected much as I did from this book if I knew these things already.


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