This review is based on the reading of the advanced reader’s edition of this novel provided by the publisher. The review, in its entirety, is of my own opinion of the novel.
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 another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.
The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park…and discovers truths they could never have imagined.
Chris Weitz’s dystopian world is one where a disease has spread and killed all of the young children and adults, leaving only teenagers to fend for themselves. In this world, girls can no longer get pregnant due to the disease. There are factions that are created and there are a few small groups and loners that go around rummaging for what they need. This novel takes you on a little adventure with Jefferson, Donna and a few others on a journey to find a cure for the disease that has killed so many people and is threatening the very survival of mankind.
I believe that the author should have written the entire novel from the point of view of Jefferson as I have found that I enjoyed reading his portions of the book more enjoyable than I did for Donna. Donna’s point of view was a little bit of a chore to read and after a short while she actually got a little annoying, but if this was the intention of the author than good job.
I gave this book 3 stars, actually 3.5 if I could, because in the end, I did enjoy this book enough to recommend it to others, and I will most likely be reading the sequels.
To whom would you recommend to read this novel:
I would recommend this book to those who like to read YA novels ranging from Fiction, Sci-Fi/Adventure to dystopian tales to anyone who enjoys reading adult post-apocalyptic or dystopian stories.