Book Review: The Young World, by Chris Weitz

young_world_coverFamous Hollywood screenwriter/director Chris Weitz has written his first novel, The Young World.   It is set in a world two years in the future and teens are the only ones alive and they are in control.  All of this was started by a sickness that killed everyone not experiencing puberty.  This is because of the special fibers created during puberty that keep the sickness at bay.  A group of teens living in Washington Square in New York have created a sort of community.  However, when the leader Wash dies from “the sickness” after turning 18, his younger brother Jefferson and four other teens, venture out of their community on a journey that may lead them to a cure.  This brings them on a wild adventure in which they face murderers, mole people, wild dogs, a bear, and cannibals.

Sci-Fi fans will love this book due to the post apocalyptic setting and show stopping action.  The cliffhanger will almost definitely lead to an intriguing sequel.

The book is written in first person but in the form of a movie script, which is no surprise because of the author’s twenty years writing and directing films such as Twilight: New Moon, American Pie, Antz, The Golden Compass, A Better Life, and the upcoming Disney movie, Cinderella.  I read my signed copy of this book in one day because I could not put it down.   I was lucky to hear him speak about his book last month in Mission Viejo where he told of his life in Hollywood and how this book came to be.

All in all, this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to people who don’t mind violence, mild romance, and major cussing.  I recommend looking beyond the cussing to see the story for how great it is.

-Evan G., 6th grade

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