All Things Now Living
(Seventh Daughter, Book 1)
By: Rondi Bauer Olson
What: A girl in the future is given the chance to save an entire city—but what if it’s the will of God that the people die?
Recommended to those who like: Teen, dystopian, Christian
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Wow. I have to say that this book was one of the most thought-provoking Christian books I’ve read in a while that wasn’t an allegory.
In the future, the world has been wiped out by a plague. To protect themselves, the people of New Lithisle built a dome and modified their genetics. But the dome is failing, and it’s up to one girl to find a way to save the people inside. The problem is, she’s pretty sure that God has doomed them to die for meddling with human nature.
There was just so much that this book talked about without coming across as preachy or contrived at all. Genetics, humanity, and different branches of Christianity were but the surface of what were discussed, but everything came up naturally in the course of the story. I absolutely adored the fact that not all the Christians in the story agreed on everything (or even most things). So often, Christians are paper-cut outs who all agree with one another.
In a world dominated by female protagonists, I thought that Amy stood out nicely. She’s not incredibly rash or emotional, but she’s not a robot, either. Furthermore, she’s good at some things and bad at others (rather than being a superstar at everything). While I can’t say that I related to her deeply, I thought that she was a well-crafted character.
Unfortunately, like so many YA/teen novels, this book just had too much insta-love for me. Fortunately, the author didn’t hinge the entire story on the love between the two insta-lovers, or else I would have had a hard time justifying Amy’s actions.
I also just wanted a little bit more of the back story. I got some little tidbits here and there, but I’d really like more. I have a feeling there’s a really good story behind everything!
The Bottom Line: A thought-provoking story with regard to its examination of Christianity, this book spins a good tale that is likely to be a hit with fans of YA dystopian fiction.
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