Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Young World

When I learned that author Chris Weitz is a film director, a lot about The Young World made more sense. He is accustomed to presenting entertainment at face value, and may have to use shortcuts for the time allotted. What this translates to in novel form is stereotypical characters, lot of cheap thrills such as murders and animal abuse (I skipped that part), and rapidly changing narrators.

While all of this sounds negative, it was a good book to listen to on the treadmill at the gym. The action moved quickly and it reminded me very much of the movie "The Warriors." A group of teens make their way across a post-apocalyptic New York City, battling different factions. The Union Square hippie crew of the book could easily have swapped out for the Baseball Furies of the movie.

I won't be recommending this book to anyone and I'm not interested in the sequels, but it passed a few hours of cleaning and exercise.

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