Genre: Science Fiction (Dystopia)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Website: http://us.macmillan.com/allthesethingsivedone, http://www.memoirsofa.com/
Rating: 4.8 stars
In the year 2083, where coffee and chocolate are illegal, water is rationed, and New York City is only a shadow of what it once was, Anya Balanchine is a sixteen year old adult. Daughter of an infamous Mafia boss and consequently orphaned at the age of nine, she has had to grow up fast. Her sister, Natty, is only twelve, and her brother, while significantly older, is mentally impaired. Furthermore, the grandmother who has watched over them is dying. All of this, though, was simply part of a day to day routine for Anya, included with going to school and chatting with her best friend, Scarlet. That all changes when someone close to her is poisoned by her own family's contraband chocolate and she is the one accused.
Gabrielle Zevin created (another) fantastic story, with a strong, witty protagonist and a lovable cast of supporting characters. Her version of dystopia is made all the more unique and chilling by its resemblances to our present world. It's far too easy to imagine the outcome she depicts. However, while the setting may be dark, it's offset by a lightness in Anya's narrating, a sort of sardonic narrative. (And also, I must mention that I absolutely fell in love with Win. *Swoons a little*) Zevin's writing is as addictive as banned coffee, and I tore through this novel in less than a day. The sequel can't come fast enough; I can't wait to see what will happen to this strange, dangerous, and oddly heartwarming family.
Other Books By This Author: Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac