Book Review: The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson

the girl who owned a city

Adults are on this Earth in part to help supply for and support the children. They steer them straight and raise them to become a part of that society someday themselves. However, what happens if there are no adults? Can children fend for themselves and be resourceful enough to keep the world continuing to grow? This is the theory The Girl Who Owned a City explores by following Lisa – a young girl – and her friends.


When a plague hits the earth that kills off all adults, the children of the world are left to figure out how to do everything they did. Lisa is one of the oldest children on her street and is therefore looked to as a leader of sorts. And when Tom Logan and his gang begin attacking the Grand Avenue homes – including Lisa’s – they look to her to come up with a plan to keep them safe. Through trial and error, they eventually find a working method and a safe haven. But now it’s up to Lisa and her friends to keep it safe against further attacks. Can they do it, or will they fall victim to the children’s war like many of the other neighborhoods?

Theories and Execution

The children of this story are all quite young and have no experience providing for themselves. So when it comes to figuring things out, they continually look to Lisa. And she’s extremely talented when it comes to creating new theories that might help them progress and grow as a thriving community. However, sometimes their execution is a bit flawed. If you think about it though, this is much like the adult society we have in place today. Our plans often falter and we have to find our footing and figure things out again. So, it’s interesting to follow Lisa and her friends in discovering things and finding out what works for their society just like their parents and the other adults did before the plague occurred.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

From what I can tell, this book is actually one that a lot of children read in school. However, reading it even as a young adult, I could appreciate it. These children learn a lot about survival and becoming a strong team to continue thriving. And from it, you can learn a lot about how things work around us even today. I do think there were some slight plot holes throughout this book, but it was a good story and a quick read despite this. So, I give it a 4.5 out of 5.


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