The Girl Who Owned A City by O. T. Nelson – Dystopian Books Review

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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Girl Who Owned a City

O. T. Nelson only authored a single novel, titled, The Girl Who Owned a City. This science fiction and the post-apocalyptic novel published in 1975 received a significant popularity. The best feature of the book is that the author adjusted it for children under the age of 12 to 15, hence they teach it in schools.

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Author: O.T. Nelson

Genre: Science fiction, post-apocalyptic, juvenile

Pages: 181

Good reads rating: 3.81 of 5

My Ratings: 7.8 of 10

Published: 1975

Publisher:  Carolrhoda Books 

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Girl Who Owned A City

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The novel starts with an epidemic of a deadly virus. This virus swept through the population of the world in just a month. Everyone above the age of twelve died because of this virus. Glen Ellyn is a town in Illinois where a 10-year-old Lisa Nelson and her younger brother Todd Nelson survives because they are children. They loot abandoned houses and shops for their living. There are many abandoned cars in every street. Lisa drives the car. She is the first child to think about driving a car, raiding a farm, and also the first to find out that the groceries come from warehouses.

During this time period, she discovers a warehouse of a supermarket and raids it to get groceries. She did it with Craig Bergman, who is a twelve-year-old boy. But before raiding the warehouse, she tells every child in the neighbourhood that these warehouse items are only her property and she will not share it.

She plans to settle on a farm, but she has bigger dreams. Because for her, making the world work again like it previously did was more exciting as compared to hiding on a farm. The other children are forming gangs in the meantime. Lisa’s group gets into a fight with Chidester Gang led by Tom Logan. They lost the fight and Lisa loses her house. She came up with an idea to move all the children into a local high school and convert it into a fortress city. Lisa becomes the only authority in this city. They name the place the City of Glenbard. Different events took place in a year’s time, which led Lisa to plan to develop Glenbard based on the previous world.

Final Say on the Science Fiction Novel The Girl Who Owned A City

This novel receives my rating of 7.8 out of 10 because it shows the efforts of people in building a society. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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