THE YOUNG WORLD
The Young World Trilogy, Book One
by Chris Weitz
Coming in 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. BYR
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New York City is now run by tribes of teenagers, survivors of a mysterious Sickness that wiped out all adults and little kids. But they’re only survivors to a point—as soon as they get too old, the Sickness kills them, too. The teens who remain are left in possession of the bones of a modern world that doesn’t work. With resources scarce, conflict is inevitable, and the teens make sure they are armed to the hilt.
The Young World follows Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, his secret crush, as they rally teens around them in an effort to find the cure to the Sickness, and change the world forever.
An earlier synopsis: A story about the teenage sole survivors who inherit a destroyed and desolate earth, after a cataclysmic event kills off every person on earth not between the ages of 12 and 21. Ill-equipped to restore society to working order, the surviving residents of New York City must try to rebuild their world from the ground up—a tough charge for any decimated population, but especially difficult if you're trying to save your species from annihilation while simultaneously going through puberty.
This cover has a real Les Mis vibe to it, don't you think? "Do you hear the people sing...."