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The Young World

young worldThe Young World

By Chris Weitz

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Survival, Personal Development: Responsibility

Grades: 9 – 12


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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 a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway–all in order to save humankind.


This first novel from acclaimed film writer/director Chris Weitz is the heart-stopping debut of an action-packed trilogy.




“Telling his story in the alternating voices of Jeff and Donna, noted film director Weitz, in his first YA novel, has done a good job of meticulously building his postapocalyptic world.” – Booklist


“A post-apcalyptic teen novel that’s far from just another post-apocalytic teen novel.” – Kirkus Reviews


“A broken NYC is so compelling that readers will find it hard to put this book down.” – School Library Journal



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