All Things Now Living is a YA dystopian story. 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.
I enjoyed reading about the two different ways of life which basically come down to rural agriculture or technological city. The author makes sure to mention hunger, and food; which is interesting and brings authenticity to the story. It is also something that is definitely important to teenagers. 🙂
The overall plot line follows the typical plot line for dystopian novels – which is good, because that’s what readers are looking for. There are some surprises along the way that fit in well.
Here is some backcover copy:
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.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Written World Communications. This book was sent to me through Litfuse Publicity for the review. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.