Anna Starobinets' debut book, An Awkward Age, a collection containing a novella and short stories, began a career that inspires critics and publishers to compare Starobinets to such writers as Stephen King and Philip K. Dick. Starobinets’s other books include Sanctuary 3/9, a thriller loaded with primal fears and references to Russian folk tales, and The Living, a dystopian novel. The First Squad. The Moment of Truth ties in with a feature-length anime film set during World War 2. Starobinets has also written two books for children.