All These Things I’ve Done – Gabrielle Zevin

“New York 2082.  When Anya is arrested for attempted murder, the District Attorney offers her a choice: stay away from his son or watch helplessly as he destroys her family.  It should be a straightforward decision.  Except that the DA’s son is the boy Anya loves, and her family is at the dark heart of the city’s criminal underworld.

Anya must choose between love and loyalty, knowing that whatever she decides will have shattering consequences: heartbreak or a gangland war that will tear the city apart.”

I had read some good reviews for this book so I decided to try it for myself.  This is the first book in Gabrielle Zevin’s Birthright trilogy.

The story is set in a future world that has many restrictions on basic things that we take for granted, I have to admit that I struggled to imagine chocolate ever being an illegal product!

Anya, along with her brother and sister, had been through a lot in their short lives thanks to their connection to New York’s criminal underworld.  Anya tried to take charge of any bad situations because she was fiercely protective of her family and I loved this side of her.  She seemed to switch between being a tough character who thought she could take on the world, to a sensitive catholic girl who needed as much help and guidance as she could get.

Reading about the time Anya spent in Liberty children’s facility was uncomfortable, knowing that she didn’t deserve any of it made it even more difficult to read.

I liked the relationship between Anya and Win, it didn’t happen instantly like many other books that I have read (not that don’t like that kind of instant attraction, it just wouldn’t have been right for these characters), instead their relationship progressed over a period of time.

This book was written as though Anya was talking to you, the reader, and I really enjoyed this style of writing.

Towards the end Anya had some very difficult decisions to make and I wasn’t really surprised at what she decided to do.  The end itself left so many possible scenarios for the next book rushing around in my mind.

An intriguing tale of forbidden love and family loyalty, I can’t wait to see what is in store for Anya in the next book.

All These Things I’ve Done can be purchased here with free worldwide delivery.

To find out more about Gabrielle Zevin visit her website here.

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