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The Young World
by Chris Weitz


Overview - "Chris Weitz has made a beautiful transition from writing and directing films to novels. "The Young World" is populated with characters you won't forget and a story as fresh and urgent as "Divergent.""--James Patterson, #1 "NY Times" bestselling author of "Maximum Ride."""
" 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.
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Overview

"Chris Weitz has made a beautiful transition from writing and directing films to novels. "The Young World" is populated with characters you won't forget and a story as fresh and urgent as "Divergent.""--James Patterson, #1 "NY Times" bestselling author of "Maximum Ride."""
" 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 a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway--all in order to save humankind.
This first novel from acclaimed film writer/director Chris Weitz is the heart-stopping debut of an action-packed trilogy.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316226295
  • ISBN-10: 0316226297
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 373
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-17

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

Screenwriter/director Weitz (The Golden Compass; About a Boy) kicks off a post-apocalyptic trilogy with a riveting adventure in which teenagers—the only ones immune to a fatal plague known as the Sickness—have inherited the Earth and are fighting over the remnants of New York City. Narration alternates between Jefferson, the cautious and protective leader of the Washington Square Clan, and Donna, who Jefferson is falling for. When one of the group’s members, Brainbox, discovers a clue that might explain the origin of the Sickness, a few members of the tribe embark on an epic cross-town quest for information. As they make their way through the ruined city, they contend with cultists, cannibals, slavers, wild animals, and more. Weitz offers a satisfying YA interpretation of the Greek classic Anabasis, brimming with grisly encounters and gallows humor. He also finds room to touch upon issues of race, class, commercialism, and sexuality in nuanced moments that are sharply juxtaposed with the near-constant dangers and seeming hopelessness of the larger picture. A game-changing cliffhanger will have readers ready for the next book. Ages 15–up. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, William Morris Endeavor. (Aug.)

 
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