In the future, chocolate and caffeine are illegal, water is rationed, no more clothes are produced and even books are no longer. In this world, Anya (...moreIn the future, chocolate and caffeine are illegal, water is rationed, no more clothes are produced and even books are no longer. In this world, Anya (Annie) is trying to grow up. Being a daughter of a crime boss adds a bit of pressure, not to mention having to care for her two siblings and her sick grandmother. Running a household can be hard, add a forbidden love, and we have a problem.
This never happens, but I really enjoyed all the characters. Sometimes they didn’t exactly act like I would expect teenagers to, but overall, none of them pissed me off. This is a feat in of itself. Anya is a rock. She is super smart and navigates the crime world like a pro. She is a super strong woman who earns the respect of the right people. Badass Heroine Factor: 8. She has a quick tongue and knows how to use a gun! Does she always make the right decisions? Of course she doesn’t — there wouldn’t be a book otherwise. Let’s spread some of the love over to Win. I think he falls into the YA guy problem of being too good, but I still love him anyway. (Let me wear one of your hats!) I am guessing that something will come up in the later installments by the heavily referenced “bad past,” but we shall see.
A mostly coming-of-age book that is being promoted as a dystopia, “All These Things” is worth taking a look at. I don’t think being set in the future really added that much. It was interesting to have the mayfia dealing in chocolate, but I’m not sure it was needed. The absurdity wasn’t lost, but sometimes distracting. I wasn’t actually expecting anything worthwhile from this book, but now it’s in a pile with my other favorites. With only a few flaws, I would highly recommend it. Read and fall in love with a mayfia girl, too!