In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty.
And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend.
That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
"I expected none of it and loved all of it! All These Things I've Done is a dystopian with heart and soul, with suspense and heart-break! Dystopian for non-dystopian readers!"
I have to say this is nothing of what i expected. Every dystopian nowadays has the same exact formula: The story is told from a girl's point of view, and the girl doesn't like her world and knows the problems of it. This girl meets a cute boy, but also ANOTHER cute boy, and she just can't seem to choose! There's some insta-love thrown in there, and BANG, you have a generic story.
And that was what i was expecting from All These Things I've Done. It did have a fresh (if un-believable) premise, but i still checked it out from the library just in case it bombed! But now, i NEED my own copy to frame or something! All These Things I've Done is more heart than the actual world. The world believable in unbelievably gorgeous and seamlessly woven, but this isn't about the world, really, it's about Anya!
Yeah, i know, a story where the character has conflicts that an actual person in her situation would have? Would've thought! A girl who only likes ONE boy, and there was no triangle or insta-love? Would've known! Gabrielle brings in familiar topics in the dystopian craze that is littering the shelves but fuses it with heart, soul, and RICH (no pun intended) characters. I loved every character, and i loved seeing the conflicts unfold!
I was expecting suspense, but All These Things I've Done is most definitely NOT a thrill ride. Don't read this if you LOVED Divergent by Veronica Roth and don't enjoy the less action-packed, throat-punching side of dystopian (Though i now seem to love BOTH sides.) All These Things I've Done is a sophisticated dystopian, a dystopian that deals with crime, that deals with drug (chocolate) dealing, with the affects of one's bloodline on their life.
All These Things I've Done begins the Birthright Trilogy, and this first installment is full of (some) suspense, (a stinkin' lot of) heart, (rich) worldbuilding, and (duh) LOVE! Fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games may not be able to enjoy the heavy thought process and the low (but some) suspense, but i loved both sides of dystopian, and i can't WAIT to read more!