The Young World
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.
Although this may not be the first time a post-apocalyptic, teenage-run world has been written about, it is one of the best in the genre. Chris Weitz has his finger on the pulse when it comes to cultural references and his fantastically diverse characters pop out of the action-packed pages. Narrated by two protagonists, Jefferson and Donna, this rollercoaster of a story demands to be read in one sitting. Highly recommended. Booktrust
Chris Weitz is the director of
Twilight: New Moon,
A Better Life,
About a Boy,
The Golden Compass, and
The Young World is his first novel.