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.
After reading most of The Young World I had a quick flick around Goodreads and some other review sites, and was surprised to find people pretty much hating the book, and adding it to their ‘I won’t read under any circumstances’ lists. I say surprised, because I really loved this book, and I mean REALLY loved it. To give you some perspective, I compared it favourably to Divergent by Veronica Roth, a book I have at least 3 copies of. Still, each to their own I suppose!
So anyway, I did really love this book and I found Jefferson and Donna to be instantly likeable narrators – Donna especially in her no-nonsense style. What interested me in the book at first was that it was not just another distant-future dystopia, but it was set in the recent future – the illness that has killed the adults and little kids was only two years before in this timeline – so fresh that they are still finding bodies that have not yet been consumed by the elements.
The Young World is cram-packed full of action – in some reviews the amount of action has been criticised as too much, but what do you want? A story where these kids go on a road trip and NOTHING happens to them at all? That would be pretty dull. What makes this book is the thought that these young kids – only 16 and 17 years old – are thrust into the position of being the adults and all the responsibilities that this entails, and after a major trauma in their lives. They suddenly have no-one older to turn to for advice or support and they cope the best way they can, which is sometimes the wrong way, but is all part of their lives now.
I’m thrilled to say that this book is part of a trilogy, so a huge twist at the end of Book 1 will be expanded upon in the forthcoming titles and I can’t wait for book number 2.
I was given an e-copy of this book via NetGalley for review purposes, but all views are my own.