All These Things I've Done
by Gabrielle Zevin
Published: September 2, 2011
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Review copy: from BEA
I cannot even think of this book without The Killer's song playing in my head....good thing I love that song.
I knew about this book before I went to BEA and it was on the must get list, even though I really did not dig the premise. It is the future, chocolate is banned. Anya is a mafia daughter (the mafia controls the chocolate). Meh.
Add to the fact that I am one for one with Zevin. I loved Margarette Town. I thought Elsewhere was a little piece of perfect. I couldn't get through Amnesiac or Hole... So, it was a crapshoot.
Results: this story rocks. It really does. I loved the grandmother, the love interest, the story line, and the world building is great: the future is enough like now that it feels recognizable-but weird enough to be the future. And Anya? She is kickass. Her duty to her family is really enviable. There are some political connections in the book, but they never get too heavy or boring.
I recommend this one for the reader who is looking for something different. I am really looking forward to the sequel.
And now, back to The Killers...in my head.