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Book Review: The Young World by Chris Weitz

I am thrilled to have received an ARC of “The Young World” by Chris Weitz from a Goodreads giveaway.


A plague sweeps the world, taking adults and children, leaving only teenagers alive – with the guarantee that somewhere around their 18th birthday, they will die off as well. The world is ending. And how would teenagers run the world with the promise of imminent death? With violence, partying, power hunger, slavery, and factions.

But there is legend of “The Old Man,” a man who survived the mass-death. A brave few leave the safety of their turf to seek him out, hoping for a chance to survive and restart the world again.


I’m not sure what I think of this story. Well-told. Not just another YA post-apocalyptic dystopian. Original in the voice as well as the ending. Love the snarky teenagers and the world they’d created. I enjoyed the story as a whole, so I think it’s worth the read. And the second in the series will be on my Ones to Watch list.


Without spoiling it (and I really really REALLY want to), the ending is what makes me uncertain. As in I’d have to read the second in the story to see if I’m okay with how the story ended. And I think I am, because I was basicly wondering about NOT INSERTING THE SPOILER HERE throughout the entire book. But I still need some good explanation to be okay with it.


What About You?

Have you read “The Young World”?

Is it a cliched repeat of all the other YA dystopians out there? Or original?

And how about that ending?!



WIP Research: Circus Extravaganza!

  Okay, it’s not called “Circus Extravaganza.” But that is quite catchy, right? Here’s something equally alluring from my perspective though – The Worldwide Circus Summit. “Ooh” and “ahh” now, please.

Conferences can be tedious, monotonous, and a real snooze. Or they can be an exhilarating way to glean information in a condensed timeframe. And a circus conference? I would plan on the latter.

I need to understand the ins and outs of a circus show. And here’s my in. Basicly any research I need to do circus-wise can found in one place, right? Now I just need to get a ticket & roadtrip it next year. So if anyone’s wanting to come up with a creative birthday gift for me, you’re welcome. I promise to forget about this blogpost by then.

What Say You?

Know of any great circuses coming to town (near Peoria, IL), some local “extravaganza”? I need to know! I can get some research done, ya know, sooner than 2015. What about other great circus researching resources?

If you’re a writer, what setting are you researching now, or have you recently researched?
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WIP: Unfixed Teaser

In the course of writing a novel you inevitably come across people asking, “What’s your book about?” In the course of submitting a work-in-progress (WIP) to an agent or publisher, there is a query to submit that states what the book is about – quite similar to the back of a book to pique the reader’s interest. Though I am still writing my WIP tentatively titled Unfixed, the number of people who ask “What’s your book about?” gave me reason to practice. Below you will find my working query, back of book, or teaser – whichever way you want to think of it. While the general wording or story may change, this is my current idea.

“Shall we put her together again?”
“Well?” Dr. Wise looked at the pale couple.
“What do you mean?” Mr. Trencher coughed, finding his throat very suddenly dry.
“Put her together. Fix her,” Dr. Wise replied.
“But she is dead,” Mr. Trencher hoarsely explained.
“She isn’t Humpty Dumpty, Mr. Trencher. She left death before. She is simply fascinating. She could live again.” Dr. Wise rubbed his hands together and leaned forward to touch the arm closest to him on the floor. Then he paused, as if realizing the inappropriateness of such behavior in front of two bewildered and grieving parents, and sat up in his seat, letting his hands clench the desk to ascertain that they would not move again.

Julia Trencher has died. Twice. Yet she is no zombie. Hiding behind her parents money had been enough for her, to simply visit the doctor each time she broke. But when she meets the strange boy Sylas in the waiting room, he offers hope of others like her – freaks and outcasts, content as they are.

Great Geppetto’s Circus of the Travelling Strange is a place she could be welcomed, celebrated even. Just a simple contract Geppetto has written could provide a place where Julia may not be so strange after all. Geppetto has plans of his own, having learned that the success or obliteration of the entire circus depends on this contract with Julia. Meanwhile, Julia must decide if the circus is truly a community as it claims, or rather an enslavement the others have been powerless to escape from.

Your Response:

If you’re a writer, what’s your query (tentative or otherwise)? If you’re a reader, what makes you want to read a story? Is there any specific info that grabs you in the writing on a bookjacket?