The Young World is a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel about a world run by teens. In this version of the apocalypse, science has invented a disease that kills off everyone who doesn’t have some certain kind of hormone leaving only teenagers to rule the world. As you can imagine, a world run by teenagers is chaotic and terrible. These kids separate into groups and stick together, all trying to secure land and resources, much like The Walking Dead sans zombies. This story really kicks off when Jefferson takes over the leadership role of the Washington Square tribe after his brother, Wash, bits it. With Jefferson as the leader, Donna, BrainBox, and a few others head out on an adventure to discover more about the disease that has consumed the world as we know it and attempt to cure it. On the road to save the world, our heroes encounter many difficulties and obstacles, but that’s what makes the story.
The characters in this book were decent. I wasn’t in love with any of them, and I definitely wasn’t in love with the romance element of this story. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, when your main concern is saving the world there is very little room for a petty teenage love story. But that might just be my opinion. This was a good book despite that though. I really liked a lot of the adventures these kids have, and I like that the readers get a little bit of a back story on most of the characters. You get to know a lot about Donna and her little brother Charlie, because she’s one of the narrators. Jefferson is another narrator but a lot of what you learn about Jefferson comes from Donna because Jeff is too busy trying to worry about everyone else to really talk about himself. But I really liked that Jefferson loved walking through The Met and even brings his tribe there for refuge. I guess I just thought it was really cool that elements of their old lives come into play in this post-apocalyptic world.