Book Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

13590919The Young World by Chris Weitz

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: July 29, 2014

Pages: 384 (Hardcover)

good good

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.

opinion

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.

2 Clouds
2 Clouds

 

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Book Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

13477676Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: August 13, 2013

Pages: 273 (Hardcover)

good good

In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I’m sorry I couldn’t be more than I was—that I couldn’t stick around—and that what’s going to happen today isn’t their fault.

Today is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

opinion

I’ll be honest, when it comes to contemporary novels about fucked up kids I’m a very hard critic and I’m also very picky. Even with this being said, this story isn’t a bad one it’s just far too fluffy and unrealistic and, well, ‘dancing around a serious topic’ for me to care about it. Forgive me, Leonard Peacock could have been great, it really could have been but it’s not dark and gritty with a sadistic or even that much of a revenge thirsty protagonist to be. Or maybe I’m just too cynical for this story. Either way, huge let down for me.

I’m a high school student. I’m one of those kids who doesn’t try because I’m not really motivated. I’ve been pushed over the edge so many times I’m shocked that I’m still breathing right now. Leonard Peacock and I have many things in common which makes it even worse because he’s not a likeable character. Matthew Quick made sure to add in every stereotype that’s ever been made about a teen killer. He’s a loner, he’s weird and used to be best friends with the popular kid. Everything about the novel is set up oddly and doesn’t accomplish as much as it could since after reading this, I kept thinking, “this is it? Really?”. It’s anticlimactic and boring.

Although it was really hard for me to like the boo, the writing style is done nicely and really suits the tone that Quick was going for. The end notes are done pretty well but at times felt too much of a hassle to actually read. Like honestly, I’m not going to read a huge ass paragraph at the bottom of a page! Some of the characters are really well done like Herr Silverman even if it’s only barely. He really stands out as a character because of how realistic he is as a teacher and a person.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock will appeal to a lot of people. But if you’re a reader that enjoys intense and dark novels that are more realistic tales on serious topics rather than just wanting the fluffy stuff, this isn’t a novel you will enjoy. It’s angry enough, Leonard doesn’t do anything that I think a teen in his situation would do. Not even a little bit and that makes me so sad.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

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