Life

Citizens of Logan Pond, Book 1

Fiction - Dystopia
1 Pages
Reviewed on 07/23/2015
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Author Biography

Rebecca Lund Belliston is the author of the bestselling LDS novel, Sadie, its sequel, Augustina, and a new dystopian trilogy entitled Citizens of Logan Pond. Rebecca is also the bestselling composer of religious and classical-style piano and vocal music. When she's not writing fiction or music or chasing her kids, she loves to cuddle up with a good book.

She and her husband live in Michigan with their five children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Life – Citizens of Logan Pond, Book 1 by Rebecca Belliston is set in the future but without all of the science fiction mumbo jumbo. The story happens in Logan Pond, Illinois, with the 30 plus clan members who have survived a deadly economic crash. The government has a new system put in place that makes it almost impossible to live a normal life unless you comply with their stringent rules. Work camps are set up and all citizens who have not paid for the expensive citizen card are forced to live and work there. Logan Pond is one of many rogue villages that have been created. Raids are conducted often and without warning in an attempt to round up those people not conforming to the rules. There is only one family in Logan Pond that has this government issued citizen card and they become the haven for all of the other Logan Pond residents. Carrie Ashwood is the heroine of the story; Greg Pierce is the hero; together they try to keep the clan safe. Patrolman Simmons is the policeman who breaks the rules and protects the Logan Pond clan, mostly because he is in love with Carrie. The village has many good people and a few that are not very likeable. They struggle with the everyday issues of life; falling in love, getting married and having babies, but always under the fear of being found and placed in a government camp.

Life is a spectacular example of what the future might become. Rebecca Belliston has written a book that is pure fiction but it makes you stop and think what if, what would I do, how would I survive. I was hooked on Life from the very first page and could not put it down. I cannot wait to read book 2 and find out if Carrie and Greg marry, does Officer Simmons continue to save the clan, do the times get better or worse? I would love nothing better than to see it become a movie or TV special. Life is a must-read book for fans of all genres.

Gisela Dixon

Life: Citizens of Logan Pond (Book 1) by Rebecca Belliston is a powerful, realistic story about life and love and the resilience of the human spirit. Carrie Ashworth is a young woman in a dystopian society, who is orphaned and has the care and charge of her two younger siblings. They live in Logan Pond, Illinois, with the rest of the clan who are all living there illegally and on the margins of society. All they have is each other and the patrolman, Oliver Simmons, who offers to help them. Enter Greg Pierce, a relative of one of the clan leaders, who tries to protect the clan and take on the responsibility for their safety and security. Feelings develop as Carrie is caught in between this would-be love triangle. She has a difficult choice to make and must decide if she will follow her heart and act for herself alone, or choose the safety and security of her family and clan and put them first.

I thought that Life: Citizens of Logan Pond (Book 1) by Rebecca Belliston is just the right mix of action, drama, and romance. The characters are very well portrayed and I especially liked the character of Carrie. Shown to be strong and independent, and yet trusting and vulnerable, she comes across as a superb role model. I also enjoyed Greg and Oliver’s characters and thought that, although very different, they each bring their own set of strengths and weaknesses as people to the plot. All in all, this is a well written book with richly drawn characters and a tightly woven plot.