The Young World – Chris Weitz

The Young World

By Chris Weitz

Genre: Dystopian

Reading Level: Easy

Pages: 352

Review: 3.75 / 5


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. (Goodreads)

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The Young World by Chris Weitz cover image.


The Young World by Chris Weitz is a gripping dystopian story, exploring a unique concept on an adult-less world.

Overall, I was pleased with the story, however I have some outstanding issues that leave me feeling a tad bit ambivalent on the story.

The characterization, for starters. They were just really typical, nothing really unique about them, which left me frusturated. I kind of wanted more than just the smart-artsy one, or the inarticulate-brute.

Honestly, the worst part of the story, however, was the writing. Weitz was trying on this thing where he immatated a teenage girl, by throwing in colloqiualism every other sentance. Now that is fine in dialogue, but when he does it in writing it just became meh. It would’ve been fine if he was writing a middle-grade story, but given the content of the story, again, meh. I was just kind of disappointed.

However, when I was able to overlook the appaling language, the story was actually really gripping – and it was really fast paced. So much happened in the span of a couple hundred pages, that I flew through the entire thing. It had some interesting plot-twists, as well, that I wasn’t able to forsee. Although, honestly, I am the most gullible person ever.

Overall, I was really pleased with the novel, plot-wise, but I didn’t love the characters, and the writing… Just, no.

Anyway, I hope you have a really nice day!



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