Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
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.
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
It seems that dystopian novels are booming and taking over the YA world. What’s sad about this is that the take over doesn’t seem to be slowing down by much. The Young World as a whole, is predictable as well as typical. However, shocking as it is, I had a bit of fun reading it. But only Jefferson’s chapters.
The reason why I only liked Jefferson’s chapters is because Donna consistently gave me headaches with all of her info-dumping about meaningless shit and utter annoyance. I just don’t understand how she can be a badass yet an extremely ditzy person also. Adding onto that, the characters in general could have been a lot better developed. They’re all the same, unoriginal and typical from other dystopian books. Also, they’re all teenagers yet they act like they’re ten with all of their bickering. Moving on, the romance between Jefferson and Donna is so contrived. Even though it doesn’t take over the story, it’s still boring and unneccessary.
Despite all of this, I did like Jefferson’s perspective because they’re a lot different from Donna’s as well as the writing is smoother and realistic.
The Young World is surprisingly an entertaining read despite the fact that it’s pretty much your typical dystopian book. However I would only recommend this one to people who absolutely love dystopian stories and forever will for the rest of their lives.
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