So, the book I read this week was The young world by Chris Weitz. This was a book that I bought a while ago when I was out of town. I had a book voucher to spend, but no books on my list that I needed to buy, so I bought a random book that I thought looked good. That was about 9 months ago and I have only now gotten round to reading it, but I can safely say that I wasn’t disappointed.
The general plot line of the book is that a disease sweeps across the entire world and kills all of the adults and small children. The world is then left in the hands of teenagers, which goes just about as well as it sounds like it would. The main characters then set of on their adventure in order to save mankind. I know at this point you are probably thinking that it is just another cliché end of the world book and in a way it is, but what I really loved about this book is the diversity of the characters.
Not one character fits any kind of stereotype that I can think of. They are all individual and have there own strengths and weaknesses. There is a variety of religions, races and sexuality’s among the little group of main characters as well as two very strong female characters whose loves do not revolve around boys. Everything about the characters and the world he has set it in is very true to reality: everyone is different, the grief people feel, the way situations are handled and even down to the tiny bits of discrimination that are still happening during the end of the world.
I would highly recommend that you all read this no matter what kind of books you are into because it truly is amazing. I am going to look up Chris Weitz and see if he has written anything else that I might be interested in, so you may well be seeing more of him in the months to come.
Goodbye for now!
Over and Out