“It’s another gorgeous spring day after the fall of civilization.” In The Young World by Chris Weitz, black humor, uniquely diverse characters, and a vividly descriptive contemporary New York setting help push this novel to the front of the post-apocalyptic pack.
It’s two years since a mysterious sickness killed all the children and adults – leaving the teenagers unaffected. At least, that is, until they mature and succumb to the sickness themselves.
With clear memories of life “before,” and struggling to live in the “after,” many of the teens have formed geographical tribes, banding together for protection and survival, and battling others for dwindling supplies of food, medicine and weapons.
Jefferson has recently taken charge of the Washington Square tribe, a motley assortment of teens once led by his older brother. When one of his friends discovers an article that could potentially identify and help cure the sickness, Jefferson leads a band of five on a dangerous trek across the city to that bastion of information, the New York Public Library. Continue reading