Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Book Review: In the Age of Love and Chocolate

TITLE: In the Age of Love and Chocolate
Book 3 in the Birthright Trilogy
AUTHOR: Gabrielle Zevin
GENRE: Dystopian (sort of)
PREMISE: Anya becomes an adult and decides her fate and deals with the consequences of what she decides...
MY REVIEW: This trilogy will forever be one of those that I have really conflicted feelings about. On one hand: lovely writing. Great character journey. Realistic about romance. Talk of law and how some laws can create criminals instead of being helpful.
On the other hand: confusing world. To this day I don't understand why chocolate was outlawed. I give the author credit for taking the idea and running with it, but it just plain doesn't make sense. Especially when it's revealed in this book that apparently chocolate being outlawed is a US thing. Everyone else eats chocolate and is fine. I just...don't understand it. At all. Plus for something that's supposed to be dystopian, it sure feels like a contemporary novel. Where it not for the constant mention of chocolate and the date, I would routinely forget that this is in the future. In fact, take away the chocolate part, this could be a regular contemporary book and you wouldn't lose anything. For contemporary readers who don't like dystopians this might be ideal. For the rest of feels a bit like false advertising. Plus as a ending this was...kind of predictable. One or two things were a surprise, but overall, not much excitement going on.
So while this is good....there are things about it that bug me. But that's been me with this whole trilogy to be honest.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of the first two, contemporary readers who aren't sure about dystopians
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five candy bars
RATING FOR WHOLE TRILOGY: Three and a half out of Five I Love Chocolate shirts

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