Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Because It Is My Blood (Birthright #2)

Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2)Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this one. It's shaping up to be a reeeeeeally great series and I'm hoping it continues just as strongly with the next book(s?). The Birthright series is set in a future New York where substances like chocolate and coffee are banned and, like in the prohibition era of the 1920s, these things have given rise to illegal black markets, mob families, and a NYC very different than our present.

Anya Balanchine is a daughter of an infamous chocolate family and in this book we pick up with her after her stint at a notorious juvenile detention center, Liberty Children's Facility. She emerges with a determination to keep her siblings safe and get her life together but it's even harder now that she has a record and a family "business" in chaos. But Anya is a survivor and a girl with true grit. She works her butt off trying to keep everything from falling apart but things go awry, people die, and Anya becomes a fugitive in Mexico! Hence, the recipe for some spicy Mexican chocolate in the book's preface.

I also liked the parallels between Anya's world and our current events (e.g. the NYC bans on big cups of soda, junk food restrictions).
It was a nice little extra layer of things to think about as I read.This would make for a great read and discussion with high school classes. I'd love to hear what they think about what exactly makes something legal or illegal, and how our history with prohibition compares and contrasts with bans on the sale of gluttonous sodas. Yay nerd fun! lol

This book was a library copy.


  1. Wow. Sounds great!!! I can't believe I never heard of book one!!! The colours on the cover are so eye catching! <3

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  2. Good post. I like it. It was interesting to read it. Great thank's author for sharing…