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.
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.
My Take: This book was a bit of an adventure in itself as it wasn't actually a fully developed book. In my opinion it needed a bit more work done to it. More world building, more idea consistency just a bit MORE. What it didn't need more of was the Insta Love. Ugh that doesn't sit well with me as an older woman as I have seen how this kinda of love isn't good for anybody. The romance should have grown alittle over time. Don't get me wrong I would give this book a 3 stars but it didn't blow me away. I think if it had a little more work done to it, It would have been at least a 4.5 stars. This is the authors first book so I blame the editor who should have sent it back one more time for a bit more.
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.