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.
By Carol, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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.
By John, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The Alliance is an incredible novel--an engrossing story and likable characters make this a book that is hard to put down.
By jeannie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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!
By Tracy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
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