Book Review : All Things Now Living

All Things Now living is a new Young Adult fiction book written by Rhonda Bauer Olsen. My 16 year old son, Jacob read this book and is going to share his thoughts.


This book is a dystopic novel that centers on the adventures of Amy and how she helps save an entire city from destruction. Overall this was a good book. There was some really good character development, and the relationships didn’t feel forced of artificial.  Amy struggled with he decision to follow what she has been told all her life or to step beyond that and act on information she has learned on her own.

The book had a lot of romance in it, and as an adolescent boy, I didn’t really enjoy that aspect of the book.  I think that my favorite part was the setting.   I have read several dystopic novels, and this setting was definitely my favorite.

More about the book:  

Her whole life Amy has been taught the people of New Lithisle deserve to die, but when she falls for Daniel, she determines to save him.

Sixteen-year-old Amy doesn’t like anything to die, she won’t even eat the goats or chickens her mama has butchered every fall, but she can’t let herself pity the inhabitants of New Lithisle. In a few short months the dome they built to isolate themselves from the deadly pandemic is predicted to collapse, but her whole life Amy has been taught it’s God’s will they die. They traded their souls for immunity to the swine flu virus, brought God’s curse upon themselves by adding pig genes to their own.

Then, while on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are.

Amy’s feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn’t end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer, and was trying to prevent the coming destruction.

Now time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome’s collapse, but if Amy doesn’t find her father’s contact in time, she’ll die, along with everyone else.

NOTE: We received a copy of All Things Now Living in exchange for an honest review.

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