All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Anya Balanchine lives in New York City in 2083. In this future New York City, things like chocolate, coffee, and caffeine are illegal. Water is running out, and clothes are being handed down through the generations because production of new clothing has ceased. This New York City is run by a government that outlaws many things that are commonplace today, but things like chocolate are still available if you know the right people. Anya is one of those people. She is the daughter of a black-market chocolate crime boss, and her family is what we would consider the mafia. Anya’s father, however, was gunned down when she was a child and as far as she’s concerned she wants no part in the family business. Anya will take the perks, though, that come along with being the prominent daughter in one of the most notorious chocolate mafia families. However, these perks come with a price when she gives her ex-boyfriend chocolate that almost kills him. Someone is lacing Anya’s family chocolate with poison and Anya takes the fall. When she finds out what is really happening, Anya has to take steps to make things right which means getting involved in the family business after all.
All These Things I’ve Done is an interesting read. This future NYC is a different kind of dystopian that we’ve been seeing in other books. Zevin has created a world where each thing that is illegal plays such an important role to Anya’s story, even though this world is close to our, this is what makes this novel so interesting. I really liked getting to know Anya’s world better, as much as I liked getting to know Anya herself. She is a really likable character who you want to see take on her enemies and win, but you also hope that she can stay out of the family business and just be a normal teen. The supporting characters in this book are just as important to the story, and you really get a sense of how vital family and friends are in this future world. If you are a fan of dystopian books, like The Hunger Games, but want a world that is not as violent or so different from our own world then pick up Gabrielle Zevin’s All These Things I’ve Done. It has all the things you could want out of a good read: action, crime, the mafia, a mystery, and even some romance thrown into the mix!