Author(s): Gabrielle Zevin
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.
Gabrielle Zevin is the author of award-winning books for young adults including "Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac" and "Elsewhere." Her books for adults include "The Hole We're In" and "Margarettown." She was also the screenwriter for "Conversations with Other Women," which received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Of her writing, "The New York Times Book Review" said, "Zevin's touch is marvelously light even as she considers profundities." A dog lover and Harvard graduate, she lives in New York City.Ilyana Kadushin is best known for her narration of the "Twilight" audiobook series, and has worked on other audiobooks, including "The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Post Grad "and" Dune, "which won an Audie Award. Her other voice work includes national commercials, animation, and popular video games such as "Lord of the Rings."