Series: The Young World Trilogy, #1
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Genres: Action, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
The Young World had a lot to promise. I was immediately fascinated by the idea of teens ruling the world with no adults or little kids around to get in their way. I mean, that would make me one step closer to world domination. And that would make the world a glorious place, amirite?
For me, The Young World seemed to be a character orientated read. How much you enjoy this book will most likely rely on whether or not you can connect with the plethora of characters. In particular, Donna and Jefferson. They’re the two main characters in this novel, and that becomes apparent immediately because this book is told alternating in their points of views. I strongly believe that these characters need some serious recalibrating. Take Jefferson for instance.
“Hey!” one of the gunners responds when I pat her on the behind. It’s that girl Carolyn, the blond who used to be kind of a fashionista before What Happened. Whoops. Even after the apocalypse, girls don’t like to get slapped on the butt.
“Sorry,” I say. “Totally nonsexual.” I try to say it in a cool, devil-may-care kind of way.
Ummm…what now? Most girls don’t like to get slapped in the butt, period. It’s called respect and I don’t give two shits whether it was meant to be sexual or not. Talk about bad first impressions. And that impression stayed for the rest of the book. So we’re told that Jeff is in love with Donna in the synopsis of the book; he has known Donna since kindergarten and he is basically pining for her for majority of the book. And when he does tell her, I actually had to reread that passage twice because I couldn’t believe my eyes for the first time. (This is in Donna’s POV, by the way.)
Jefferson: “Don’t. I don’t want to hear it. I’ll always be your friend, but I want more.”
Me: “I know. Maybe I’m crazy.”
Jefferson: “Just-just try, will you? Try to love me if you can.”
TRY TO LOVE YOU?! If she doesn’t love you, she doesn’t. She doesn’t have to love you just because you love her, ugh. Honestly, Jefferson’s personality had me disgusted several times. I like his ambition to save the world (even though it’s rash), but his people skills need a lot of work.
Furthermore, I felt somewhat uncomfortable reading from Donna’s perspective.
A lot of books you read, the author thinks it’s cool have an “unreliable narrator.” To keep you guessing and to acknowledge that there are no absolutes, and everything is relative, or whatever. Which I think is kind of lame. So-just so you know- I am going to be a reliable narrator. Like, totally. You can trust me.
First thing about me, I’m not beautiful.
She is talking to us like she’s aware of us – it was unsettling for me, and weirded me out. Some of you wouldn’t mind this, heck–even enjoy it–but I couldn’t get over that. Also, this chick over uses the word ‘like’ and even said LOL in dialogue. *cringe*
I will say that I liked how distinct their voices were; Jefferson obviously sound more mature and level-headed whereas Donna sounded awfully young and whiny. As for the supporting characters, they were also very distinct, but to the point where I felt that each one of represented a stereotype (like the smarty-pants, the clown, etc.).
I definitely liked the fast pace that this book did have. Many apocalyptic novels tend to be way to slow for my liking, and this book just goes to show that fast paced apocalyptic books do exist! I wasn’t bored in terms of the plot, which was a relief because it would have been very likely for me to DNF this if it weren’t for the well set pace. However, I felt that the ending was rushed. It was as if the author realised that it was time to wrap up the novel, and suddenly he tried to move everything into place without really bothering it to feel right.
The Young World was not what I hoped it to be. There were certainly one or two ups here, but the downs outweighed them by far. I don’t see myself continuing with this series, to be frank.
~Thank you Hachette Australia for sending me this copy!~
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