Title: The Young World
Author: Chris Weitz
Page Count: 384
Series: The Young World, Book 1
Publishing Date/Publisher: July 29, 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Review: 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.