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Dec 4, 2017

Winter Reads: All Things Now Living

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I don't know what makes dystopian novels so intriguing. If I remember correctly, the first dystopian novel I had ever read was The Giver by Lois Lowry. While it's not my favorite genre to read, I do find myself reading a dystopian novel from time to time.

Now available from from Untapped Books (from Written World Communication) is the dystopian young adult novel All Things Now Living, book one in the Seventh Daughter series, by Rondi Bauer Olson.

The novel is centered on a world that has been mostly destroyed by a plague. To protect themselves, the civilians of New Lithisle built a dome over their city to protect them from the deadly pandemic, as well as adding pig genes to their own DNA to fight against the virus.

The main character is Amy, a sixteen-year-old who has spent her entire life outside of the dome in what is called "Old Lithisle." While on a scavenging trip with her father, she accidentally gets trapped inside the dome. While attempting to find a way to escape, she meets a New Lithisle boy named Daniel, and she begins to question her own faith.

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Final Thoughts

All Things Now Living was a quick read for me. At around 250 pages, I flew right through the pages yesterday morning. The main character, Amy, is likeable, and she should appeal to younger readers. The plot is intriguing, the dialogue is entertaining, and the descriptions are pretty good.

Overall, I enjoyed reading All Things Now Living and I recommend to other readers.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Rondi Bauer Olson is a reader and writer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where she lives on a hobby farm with her husband, Kurt. She has four grown children, works as a nurse, and also owns a gift shop within view of beautiful Lake Superior. Find out more about Rondi at

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