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The Alliance

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  3,497 ratings  ·  533 reviews
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 h ...more
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published September 1st 1983 by Deseret Book Company (first published 1983)
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This is my favorite of Lund's--it's an older one, and may be out of print, but it's worth the effort to find it. Growing up, when one of us would start re-reading this book, it would end up getting passed around the entire family. The only time I ever remember my mom staying up late to read, it was this book.

Eric Lloyd and his family have survived a nuclear holocaust, along with several other members of their small village. Then the invaders come--uniformed men in trucks who scoop them all up a
Jan Strong
OK-I am going for 3 1/2. Once I got into this book-I was fascinated by it and was compelled to keep reading to see what new twist Eric, Travis, Nicole and the Major were going to take. This book is based on an interesting idea that after a massive war and chaos, the ruling government resorts to forced compliance, disguised as "freedom". The most interesting thing of all to me ,is that it was written by Gerald Lund in 1983.

I hope we are far away from the 'end' of government as we know it. Still,
I really want to love Gerald Lund's writing, but I just don't. This book reads like a clean Vin Diesel movie. The plotline is that predictable and the dialoge falls that flat. I read it because a friend passed it to me and told me I would love it. And then she kept asking me every time I saw her if I had read it or not. There is nothing remotely literary about this book. Nothing magic or compelling other than another dystopian storyline. And it needed a good edit. There are typos (more than I no ...more
Second time I've read this book. I needed an uplifting overthrow-the big-bad-control-freak-gov't book after reading Mocking Jay. A work less known by Gerald Lund it is definately a glory!! Set in a futuristic post-nuclear WWIII a technology advanced civilization forces survivors to undergo a surgical implantation of a device that uses pain signals to force a person to submit to being good. Sounds great right, a city where there is no bad behavior, except the people incontrol are not implanted an ...more
Kristopher Swinson
Aug 06, 2009 Kristopher Swinson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristopher by: Andralynn Brown
Finally, some fantastic fiction! The development is morally responsible (166, 329), and I certainly appreciated that he didn't even reproduce the only profanity referenced in the book (242). Lund makes it apparent, yet universally palatable, that religion is what makes good guys good (33, 127, 298, for example). Family values are strongly implicit, as well as placed in an appropriate perspective: birthrate's connection with true happiness (67, 86, 104); when aggression is permissible (179); and ...more
I overall really enjoyed the book and I'm glad i read it! One of the big problems i had with it though is With distopias you have so much world building and character development and i think trying to cram that all into one book made it a little bit overwhelming.
I loved this book. One act of courage changes everything!!
I would actually give this book 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. I found the book enjoyable and I finished it quickly, but there were just a few things that were missing.

1. I felt like the book read more like a movie script than a book.

2. As a continuation of point 1, some of the characters felt underdeveloped. I wanted more explanation of the Major's motives, as well as more about Travis' personality/motives. (view spoiler)
Julie Carpenter
this has to be one of my all time favorite novels!!!! I read it for the first time when I was 13 or 14 and have reread it numerous times. Soooooooo good.

Lund does a great job showing agency and the importance of having it in our lives, but on the flip side what agency used(dare I say it?) incorrectly can do to destroy others agency.

The novel is set post world war 3 with one major city remaining known as The Alliance. Everything you could ever want is there, food, homes, work and no crime or dang
Before "Matched," "The Giver" or "Divergent" there was "The Alliance." This book, written thirty years ago, still has a popular theme today. The nations have destroyed each other. Only small pockets of humans remain. One farming community have survived the 18 years since "Termination" without cities, automobiles or advanced technology. Then their peaceful village is attacked. They are rounded up and transported in trucks to one of the four cities of The Alliance. The Alliance is a Utopian societ ...more
The book was very good; complete with a well-crafted, thought-out plot, and very relatable characters. It is a creative, unique story idea, put into words quite well. The story basically goes as follows: After a terrible catastrophe, survivors are left in a very uncivilized world. Eric Lloyd lives with his family in the only small village they know of. Then, one night, advanced car lights are found, leaving the village to wonder where they came from, what would happen, and why they were there. T ...more
Aug 07, 2008 Trillian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who appreciate philosophical fiction
Shelves: fiction
"The Alliance" is an engaging read. It has developed characters, vivid scenes, fast pacing and well-crafted backdrops. The story deals with the moral issue of coercion versus freedom. The dialogue can be cloying at times, but then, sappy-sweet characters are refreshing compared to the cliche of cold, embittered characters that typically populate sci-fi books. It's not hard to read and children as young as 11 or so can enjoy it. Plus, it has a cool cover.
May 15, 2008 Bryson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! AND DOUBLE WOW!!! This book is absolutely amazing!!!!!!! Definately one of my all time favorites. It's written by Gerald Lund author of The Work and the Glory. It's great. It's in the future and a community that's chipped in so they can only do perfect things as in no crime, no hatred no ect. or they get shocked. It's overcoming this awful lifestile and gaining free agency. AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!
Enjoyed this dystopian book written over 3 decades ago...still great! The topics of freedom, behavior conditioning, and government control are all central in this book. The main character was easily likeable and I was rooting for him the whole time. The last third was very action-packed and exciting and then ended a bit abruptly for me.
I was excited for this one, but what a clunker. I love sci-fi/end of days books and this one had a great premise. Lund's hokey dialogue and never-ending back and forth between characters finally did me in. I'll read "1984" to get the bad taste of "The Alliance" out of my mouth.
Jan Memmott
This is a 5-star YA novel! I have a shelf "Must-read-kids-books" that should be must-read-teen-books, but I don't know how to change the title. Sigh. This book is impossible to put down.The story begins with 24 y/o Eric, living in his small village in Wyoming 18 years after a massive nuclear war. No one in the village has seen cars or other technology, or even other people in decades. That all changes one day, but do the visitors come in peace?

In typical YA fashion, it is plot driven, and all o
The lessons to be learned from this book are many. I love the Allegiance to God and His favoring of a just cause. I love the example of leadership. Humility, courage, faith in God, and trust in the basic goodness of the human soul are all aspects required to triumph over the fear that grips all people in order to become an effective leader and bless the lives of all those around you who have the heart and desire for truth and freedom, but not the other traits required to effectively lead out and ...more
I reread this book for about the 20th time. I love it. It is a super fun read and I would totally recommend it.
Rachel Ray
this is about as good as a book can get, I love it and will read it again and again. its really truly a great book.
I'm not usually one to jump into science fiction, but this one was really really good!!
pretty good concept, but a bit predictable considering I have read a couple of books with similar concepts, which doesnt seem quite fair since this was written over 30 yrs for its time Im sure it was fascinating. It seemed a bit rushed at times and other times I kept wating for some pleasant surprise turn it would take but never did. There were no "shockers" very predictable. i would have liked more of a back story on the WW3 and "termination" that left these people in their situation. A ...more
It was amazing and very cleverly written!
This was a surprisingly good dystopian novel. With Gerald N. Lund having written the Work and the Glory series, I really thought he was an LDS author, but this book proved that he can get outside that type. This book has LDS undercurrents, but never commits to any religion. It is simply a standard dystopian adventure story about a post-apocolyptic world where people take advantage of the situation to take control of society in sick ways. In this society the control method is to insert a chip int ...more
I really wanted to rave about this book. I had trouble even finding it. Our library does not carry it. So, I resorted to purchasing a book (shocker), a thing I only do when I want to keep a book for our family library, am going on vacation and intend to leave it behind to lighten my pack, or if I'm helping out a library fundraiser. The reviews I had read were great. And I love the guilty pleasure of this genre. But, it just didn't cut it for me.

Preachy? Yes, to the point that I just wanted to sc
This is technically a reread,since I read it shortly after it was published and still own a hardcover book. Essentially, it is the postapocolyptic tale. Eric, the protagonist, lives in a remote valley in wyoming with a number of settlers who survived nuclear world war III. When a convoy of automobiles are spotting heading towards the village, they are cautiously optimistic that civilization has survived., The visitors, called guardians, are the "police force" for a group of cities further north. ...more
This book begins 18 years after a nuclear holocaust and tells the tale of the civilizations that have been rebuilt by survivors. The main character was 6 when "the world ended." His father had predicted a nuclear war, so his father prepared for the outcome, and the main character was living happily with his family in a close knit community that was without many modern conveniences but still enjoyable.

One day, his father and the city doctor notice lights moving at night and realize that someone e
Marissa Henderson
"The Alliance" is a story that weaves the issue of freedom of choice between its pages. What does it really mean to have agency? Is it right to force someone to use their agency wisely?

This book is set in the future after the end of humanity as we know it. They call this "Termination". Some small groups of people were able to survive through this and create little colonies of their own. The biggest colony is called the Alliance. The Major, the man in charge, created a computer chip-like device t
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Doug Cannon
I was discussing The Hunger Games with my wife and oldest son. They both said that this book, The Alliance, was so much better, and they were right. I started reading it around 10PM, and Shannon said, "If you start that book now, you will stay up all night reading it." She was right twice.

This book deals primarily with a society where everyone is compelled (by a controlling electronic device) to be good. Bad emotions (like anger, revenge, etc) are punished automatically by stimulating your brain
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