Wednesday, August 15, 2012

[Book Review] ALL THESE THINGS I'VE DONE by Gabrielle Zevin

Science Fiction/Dystopic/Young Adult

Beth reviews ALL THESE THINGS I'VE DONE (Birthright series #1) by Gabrielle Zevin (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011)   

It’s 2083 and the world has changed.  Coffee and chocolate are illegal.  Paper, and therefore books, are rare.  New clothes haven’t been made in years.  Water is rationed and the government is poor. 

Meet Anya Balachine, 16-year-old daughter of the city’s notorious crime boss.  Her life may be one of privilege but it has come with a price; both her parents are dead.  Anya attends Catholic school, takes care of her siblings and her dying grandmother.  Life is routine until she meets Win, the D.A.’s son.  Now she’s got to avoid her loser of an ex and keep dating Win on the down-low.  Now her family is in the spotlight again thanks to the poisoning of her ex and her connection to the mob.  Can she keep everyone safe?

This book really made me consider the future and where we, as a society, could be headed.  So many things we take for granted--water, paper, textiles, etc--are a renewable resource if we take care of them. In Zevin's world we haven't, and everything is expensive and taxed--even phone calls!  Hopefully, with books like these that force us to think about the future and our planet, we keep Zevin's world from happening.   

Notes: ALA Teens' Top Ten Nominee (2012)Reading Level: Grades 9-12

Beth Dailey Kenneth, Cordova Library

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