[Dying to Live] serves as a work of activism, making visible those who too often, through some combination of indifference and design, are kept invisible. . . . it would be an excellent addition to a high school library or the bookshelf of a religious institution. Vella’s riveted focus on the lives of actual human beings helps her to maintain moral clarity; she may not go deep into geopolitical context or policy analysis, but her overarching goal is to humanize the consequences, and at that she succeeds brilliantly.