It's 18 years after the end of civilization as we know it. Slowly, ragtag villages of nuclear holocaust survivors are being relocated to a new society known as the Alliance. At first it seems like a dream come true to Eric Lloyd and his family. There is work and safety and food enough to spare. But the trappings of civilization wear thin when Eric learns that the violent human impulses that lead to crime and rebellion are controlled by pain chips surgically implanted in the brain.
Eric vows to destroy the Alliance. But can he have any hope of withstanding the wrath of the Alliance's Major and his computerized Punishment Mode? And what of Eric's growing attraction to Nicole, a Guardian in the Alliance?Futuristic in setting but timeless in its message, The Alliance makes a stunning statement about agency in a gripping and entertaining way.
This is the first book that I ever read that I think would actually be classified as a distopian plot. I have fond memories of reading it as a child. It had a bright orange cover and I can't even tell you how many times I read it. Way too many to count! It was my favorite. I was really excited to get to read it again as an adult. I'm pretty sure I liked it as much as an adult as I did as a child.
I like everything about this book. I really like the characters. I like Eric and his village. I like the way they are able to make what they used to have or get along without the things they used to have. I like how they all stick together through everything. But their way of life changes overnight when they have visitors from the outside world that actually do have everything the world used to have.
I like Nicole too. I like the way she has kind of a child like faith about things. She just believes the things she has been told are true. But when she discovers for herself that those things are wrong, she is able to turn from them and help others to create a better life for everyone.
The plot of this one has plenty of action. There's bombs blowing things up, there's danger and violence and it pretty much keeps your mind engaged as it hops from one thing to the next. I like the way I'm able to picture what's happening in my mind and I like to imagine and wonder just what would happen if our world was like this. What would I do? How would I react to certain things?
This is one of those books that I just want to jump into the plot and find out the answers to my questions. I would have to say it was one of the pivotal books for me that made me want to be a reader. Make sure you pick it up and see what you think!
I have suggested this for book club. The characters and how they react in different situations is worth considering. I did wonder what happened to people who became ill in this society. Various issues were avoided but the story is still worth a discussion.
The Alliance is an incredible novel--an engrossing story and likable characters make this a book that is hard to put down.
Our family of 7 read this book on a road trip in 1995. We loved it. One of those books you don't want to put down! I loaned it to a friend who loaned it out to someone else and I it never came back. I tried to order another copy but it was out of print so I am thrilled to is available again. Thanks!
If Satan was the ruler of this world, this books tells how it would be. Gerald Lund is a fabulous writer, who can make you feel that you were the character in the book. You grow to love Eric and his determination to break out of the evil and give the people back their freedom of choice. I love the part where Eric and Nicole are in the forest and their encounters with the bear. Thanks to the talented Gerald Lund