All Things Now Living

All Things Now Living

All Things Now Living (Written World Communications, May 2017)

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.

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  • This book definitely gives a lot to think about. The gene alteration is one of the possibilities in nowadays and is on debatable side.

  • I thought this book was well written and enjoyed getting to know Amy and the moral dilemma she faced in her dystopian world. I look forward to the next book and getting more answers (I hope) about why things were the way they were and where the story will go from there.

  • Personally, I admire the author’s creativity on creating this dystopian world. Full of new creatures, new threats, and new ways of life. I LOVE dystopian YA, however this particular style wasn’t a good fit for me, but it might be the perfect fit for you! If you love the genre and the description piques your interest, I recommend checking it out.

  • “All Things Now Living” is the kind of book that once you start reading it you cannot put it down until you finish it. Author Rondi Bauer Olson has written a very interesting  book full of suspense.

  • All Things Now Living is the debut novel by Rondi Bauer Olson . I found Amy to be a likable character and the plot to be well written. However, I do not believe this book was for me. Sometimes, I tend to get lost in fantasy / dystopian type novels and I believe this book is one of those. I do think one who loves young adult and fantasy / dystopian novels, then this is definitely one they would want to add to their wish list. I give it three stars.

    I received this book from the publisher . This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  • I won’t complain that ALL THINGS NOW LIVING was a bad book. Nor will I rave about it. It is well-written. I just found it weird. But then this is my first attempt (and probably last!) at reading a dystopian romance. If you like dystopian romances, by all means, give it a try. You might like it.

  • If you’re a fan of young-adult fiction, you’ll like “All Things Now Living.” It brings up many ethical questions, such as whether people are really human if they’re given animal genes. Are some people’s lives worth more than others? And who has the right to make the decision whether people live or die? It’s not clear which side Amy should be on because nothing is ever clear-cut. She is an independent, feisty young girl who does what she must to save the people she grows to love and respect. With plenty of action and even a little romance, “All Things Now Living” will appeal to teens and young-adult book fans.

  • This dystopian novel deals with many issues, the biggest of which is gene splicing. Will animal genes be placed in humans? How will Christians deal with that? This novel is suitable for mature young adult readers because of what I consider some questionable content. It contains lots of action and interesting character studies. I found the beginning confusing but after that the plot progressed well.

  • While I wasn’t a big fan of this novel, my 14 yr old son really liked it! Where I didn’t care for the style of writing, he enjoyed it. I do like dystopian novels, don’t get me wrong, but this one wasn’t my cup of tea, which is why I asked my son to read it. It definitely was his! I have a feeling he’s going to want book 2 as well!

  • This book was intriguing. It offered a steady pace and characters that were fun and cheer worthy. I loved that it was a well written and  easy to follow. The story flows well and keeps the reader entertained. Now, this is one of those you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it kind of read. It’s a dystopian romance.  My daughter also enjoyed this read so it became a great bonding read for us.

  • amandainpa says:

    This book has a beautiful cover and a very unique and interesting plot. It was a bit too heavy on the romance for me but I think some people would really enjoy it.

  • Overall, this book is thought provoking and action packed. The characters were well developed and while I would have liked for a tiny bit more world building—I really enjoyed this book. I do hope to find out more about Amy’s biological mother and why she is a clone. I’m holding out hope that this will be addressed more in-depth in a future installment of this series.

  • All Things Now Living by Rondi Bauer Olson was a clean YA dystopian romance. Olson creates an interesting futuristic world, one ravaged by plague with the civilization divided into two people groups: the genetically altered highly technologically advanced mutants living in the Aegis and the pure civilization of Old Lithisle who fight to survive outside the Aegis.

  • In the author’s bio on the back cover of the book, it says that the novel was a finalist in the 2012 Genesis Contest with the ACFW Conference (which is a pretty big deal). And I can see how it advanced as far as it did. The pace is spot on, leading you to continuously turn the pages in order to find out what happens next and the world building is different enough to engage lovers of the dystopian genre.

  • This book got off to a good start and was well-paced throughout, but for all that, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I anticipated. I was intrigued by the premise and looked forward to a story that explored the hows and whys of this situation as well as the consequences, not just from the individual perspective of Amy, but in a broader philosophical and social sense. However these elements of the story got lost in the driving plot point of stopping the dome from collapsing. Without a solid understanding of the world the author had created, I spent a lot of time wondering why things were the way they were, why the characters were doing what they did, and what needed to be achieved beyond preventing the collapse of the dome.

  • I loved how the story evolves especially within the context of the destruction of New Lithisle coming closer and closer. Amy realizes that there is so much more to a person than their physical features – that even though we are different, we are all the same on the inside. It is a fantastic story of hope, understanding, acceptance and faith. A great read for young adults and adults a like.

  • How has your environment and upbringing colored your writing?
    I grew up as a member of a very conservative denomination that wasn’t very evangelical. As a teenager I had to decide for myself what I was going to believe. This spiritual coming of age was very traumatic for me, because to follow the teachings of the bible I had to reject a lot of what my church taught. I view ALL THINGS NOW LIVING as a spiritual coming of age story that was born from my own experience.

    About how long does it take you to write a book?
    I am not a fast writer. I prefer a year for each book.

  • Classified as a Youth Adult Sci-Fi Dystopian release, Rondi Bauer Olson’s All Things Now Living is definitely unique. Fans of Stephen King’s Under the Dome that eventually became a CBS television series are likely to enjoy Olson’s offering.

  • 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.

  • This is a fun read. It’s not super serious of time consuming. Definitely a good book to read over the holidays to escape from the stress. It’s a teenage dystopian style book with a couple of twists and turns. My daughter liked it too.

  • This was a very interesting and original story with a ton of action! There was some romance and some talk of eternity and God being love. I also felt other things weren’t explained very well, such as where are the other six daughters of Allarice and how exactly did the present situation come about. We learn more as the book progresses but a lot is never answered. Overall, it was a very interesting read and I’d recommend it if you like dystopian or science fiction stories.

  • Let me start by saying that this is the author’s debut novel, and it is the first book in the series. Some parts seem a bit over the top or cliché, and there were some inconsistencies. The romance angle developed way too quickly, and the story, overall, was confusing for me to follow at times. The book starts out a bit slow, but the pace does pick up as the story unfolds.

  • I really did enjoy this book and I can’t wait to more books in this series. Unlike the other books that I mention this book didn’t have anything it in that might offend people and I think it would be great for teenagers of all ages. I really enjoyed this authors writing and like I said I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

  • I feel that if you already like dystopian you’d enjoy it

  • Although, it’s slow in the beginning, it’s easily a quick read. I found many parts of the book interesting even though they weren’t well executed. It has a ton of potential that I’d probably read the next book in the series.

  • All Things Now Living is a faced-paced novel with a really cool premise, but it left me confused and frustrated. Hopefully, future books in this series will develop a bit better. I am sure there are young adults who will love this book, but for me there are just too many unanswered questions that should have been dealt with. There are too many confusions. And, the one-line paragraphs and simple dialogue kill it for me.

  • All Things Now Living was a fun read-exciting and suspenseful, with very interesting characters. It is a story of self-discovery, and things not always being what they seem or what you’ve always believed. I look forward to more books in the series.

  • All Things Now Living is a completely captivating dystopian romance. I’ll admit that I didn’t follow everything—the book definitely would’ve benefited from a prequel story that explained what exactly happened with the genetic modifications, the building of the aegis, and Allarice’s daughters—but I could brush over those questions because I was so swept up in the story.

    While All Things Now Living isn’t perfect, I really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the second book in the Seventh Daughter series.

  • Dystopian young adult fiction is probably my favorite genre. It’s typically full of action, there are multi-faceted characters that immediately draw the reader in, and they tend to be series books rather than one-off wonders. Though I really enjoyed All Things Now Living, by page 40 I already felt like I’d missed something. I even thumbed back to the first few pages to see if there was a prologue I’d missed somehow. The author has a good story premise here; it just needs to be reshaped to define those intangible parts that don’t come together. I’d definitely read the next book to see what happens.

  • Moments says:

    This is a pretty quick read, and the storyline moves right although, although it is pretty deep at points and will have you thinking about beliefs and why we believe what we do. This will appeal to young adults and older adults both and is a nice change of pace and a great start to a new series!

  • To be honest, I admit that I’m not a fan of the young adult dystopian genre, so I really requested this book to review with my middle son in mind. He and my daughter enjoy books in that genre. While my son enjoys that dystopian, I learned that he doesn’t like books in present tense or first person, both in which All Things Now Living is written. So I handed it over to my daughter, who’s “devoured” it. She seems to have enjoyed it. I may even see if my youngest might like to attempt reading it.

    I found it well written and captivating, in spite of my disinterest in the genre.

  • All Things Now Living was quite a break from the genres I’ve been reading lately (Christmas, Christian fiction, and non-fiction). I really enjoyed challenging my brain in a different way! I also enjoyed reading a dystopian novel that didn’t nauseate me the entire time (here’s looking at you, Hunger Games). ATNL held my interest — indeed, I read nearly half of it in one sitting! The characters make me smile, and are fairly complex; I particularly enjoyed Fin-head’s story arc. (What can I say? I go for the complex characters. Hello, Snape.)

    I like the dystopian genre, and ATNL is a worthy addition to its ranks. It has some violence, no language, and mild romance. It is a great alternative to Hunger Games, and recommended for fans of Madeleine L’Engle.

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    All things Now Living is truly a unique book.I can best sum up some of the tensions by comparing them to the Jew and gentiles of the New Testament. Old Lithisle tends to stick to more ceremonial laws of faith while New Lithisle sticks to the moral laws.

  • I have read several dystopian novels, and among them some juvenile novels. I was thus interested in reading and reviewing this one.

    I did enjoy the book. The author writes very well, and is very good at descriptions of people and places. I also liked the two main characters, Amy and Daniel.

  • At the heart of the novel, Olson poses the question “What is life? What has a soul?” You’ll be on a journey of the heart with the main character, Amy, as she tries to determine for herself the answers to these questions.

  • Don’t get me wrong I would give this book a 3 stars but it didn’t blow me away.

  • This new YA release might be just the thing for your teen reader!

  • I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this book as it sounded very different from anything I had read, but I am really glad I gave it a try! It was well written and intriguing I loved how it was pretty mild for a dystopian novel all while keeping the excitement that tends to go with that drama. It made one think and ponder what you would do in Amy’s shoes, having been taught a certain way her whole life and realizing the people she though deserved to die are actually a lot like her. Well written and utterly engaging I highly recommend this book!

  • The characters were intriguing and the dystopian world was well done. The author definitely had a unique style and story and I can see how another reader’s interest could be captured it just wasn’t for me. There really was nothing wrong with this book and I seem to be in the minority of those who didn’t love it.

  • My 16 year old son read this book, while he thought the story was intriguing, he did not enjoy the level of romance.

  • The story had an interesting premise, but I couldn’t get into the story.

  • Book Reviews says:

    This YA book is a quick fast paced story. For those who enjoy YA literature this is a book that they will want to pick up. This is the first book in a series so it is a perfect one to begin with. With all the dystopian novels out to day, this novels gives readers a chance to enjoy that type of novel, while keeping it Christian.

  • I enjoyed reading about Amy’s adventures as she struggles to figure out who she is and what she needs to do.

    The heroine goes through many changes throughout the story. Some physical, but a lot more mental as she learns about new things and new people. The underlying truth of not judging people by their looks is emphasized many times.

    The story is told from Amy’s point of view, so most of the time I felt like I was “in the dark” because she had not figured things out yet. Even at the end I felt like there was much more to the story that I didn’t know yet; so I’m sure there will be more stories to come.

  • Author Rondi Bauer Olson has written a young adult, dystopian, science-fiction, romance novel that teens will find interesting and intriguing. Set from the point of view of sixteen-year-old Amy, life is not exactly what and how she thought it was. This story brings to life the idea of a conflicting way of life and an unexpected and unlikely romance. This story is about, family, love, and life. Some readers may find this book a little hard to get into at first, but push through, and readers will not be disappointed.

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