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The Alliance

(The Alliance #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  785 ratings  ·  215 reviews
When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea it's a foreshadowing of things to come. When the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones a ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Sharon Paavola I'm reading it right now. It's fascinating and moves quickly with a good story line and characters. I am reading it through NetGalley.…moreI'm reading it right now. It's fascinating and moves quickly with a good story line and characters. I am reading it through NetGalley.(less)

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I am a big fan of Jolina’s work, so when I heard she had a new book coming this year, it immediately went on my wish list – when I heard the premise of the story – about the loss of technology and its rippling effect on an Old Order Mennonite community, I couldn’t wait to read it. In The Alliance, Jolina brings her knowledge of the Mennonite faith, while bringing in the element of societal collapse.

The story did unfold in a totally different way than I was expecting, but that is in no way a bad
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Leora Ebersole lives in an Old Order Mennonite Community in Montana. Both of her parents are gone so she is responsible for her younger brother and sister. Life suddenly changes for Leora, the entire community and thousands of other people when an EMP bomb takes out all technology. Anything with computer components instantly stops working -- cell phones, newer vehicles, airplanes, appliances...most of modern technology. Poof! All gone in an instant. A pilot, Moses Hughes, crashes near their comm ...more
Amanda Geaney
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wildly unpredictable — The Alliance is unlike any other book I've ever read! Set in Northern Montana near Glacier National Park, in a community of Old Order Mennonites. These are salt of the earth folks who thrive on faith, farming, and food storage. When an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) brings Moses Hughes' plane crashing into their midst, the people are not prepared for the warning he gives. According to Moses, cities will be thrown into chaos by the EMP and when food becomes scarce the "locust" ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Contrary to my obsession with an apocalyptic show that starts with a “W” and ends with a “Alking Dead,” I don’t read a ton of apocalyptic style literature. Outside of the previously mentioned show, for the most part I don’t like scary things, so there aren’t many books I’d normally pick up. Yet, as soon as I heard about this one from Jolina Petersheim (The Outcast is still one of my favs), I knew I was in for something different. I’m so glad I grabbed this one!

“What if the unpredictable road
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Allison Tebo
Aug 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopian
I’m not a fan of Amish or Mennonite fiction and I’m not a particular enthusiast of dystopia – but the idea that someone had combined the two genres struck me as so unique that I decided to pick this up. Perhaps pairing two genres that I didn’t particularly like would make something new and exciting that would appeal to me?

Unfortunately, that was not the case and it just ended up being a double portion of #nope. I would have been willing to finish the entire book just out of sheer curiosity, but
Cheryl Olson
There is just something about Jolina Petersheim's writing voice that I really, really like. She just manages to capture the inner turmoil that her characters are going through in such an authentic way. In The Alliance you get a look at the end of the world as we know it brought on by an EMP ( Electro-magnetic pulse) that knocks out all electricity, cell phones, etc. The 2 main characters in this story- Leora, a disillusioned Mennonite who has faced more than her share of hard times, and Moses - ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The Alliance delivers a story that is different than what is typically found in Christian Fiction.

Jolina Petersheim pens a love story amidst the chaos of the unknown. In a Mennonite community the power goes out not only with electricity, but to all electronics. There are a few Englishers in the community buying products when it happens. A pilot crashes in a field in the community. This blend of the human race is then at a decision point - what now?

The journey of watching the Memmonite and Engli
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper-shelf
I don't spend a lot of time reading Amish or Mennonite fiction—it just isn't my preference—so I guess it isn't surprising that this is my first read authored by Jolina Petersheim. As is often the case for me, the cover is a major drawing factor, perhaps more so this time around because I wouldn't ordinarily pick up a book with a black buggy on the cover. Kudos have to go to the designer: the elements are juxtaposed in such a way that I had to ask how a buggy, an airplane, and a clothesline could ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2016
I thought this was a great read! Jolina Petersheim is a new author to me, and I was pretty impressed with this book. She has a way of writing that makes you actually feel the atmosphere around you as she describes her scenes. It had a bit of a dark feeling around it, but it was fitting for the story.

This book had a wonderful “what would you do?” quality to it, that really makes you stop and examine your own thoughts and feelings. How would you react if you were faced with a cataclysmic event tha
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Alliance is a fabulous read. It seems Jolina Petersheim's talent keeps getting better and better with every book she writes. This book has a wonderful lesson for all to learn. I loved everything about this story.
Highly recommended.
5 plus stars.
Melissa Tagg
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so...I read Jolina Petersheim's newest book, How the Light Gets In, on Friday and Saturday...and I LOOOOOVED IT. Like...obsessively sent texts to reader/writer friends about how amazing it is (that twist!!)...and then I realized I had another book, The Alliance, by the same author on my kindle that I hadn't read yet simply because it's not really in my usual reading genre of choice.

And I read the entire thing on Sunday. I mean...could. not. stop.

And now I'm reading the sequel. And I'm sti
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Alliance is a really cool, but really weird apocalyptic-mennonite novel. I have never read a novel that mixes these two worlds and I must say Jolina did an amazing job meshing the two together to create one of the most original books I have ever read. The Alliance was unpredictable, enthralling, full of twists and turns and completely crazy...but in a good way. (If you caught that band reference, you're awesome!). It was a very refreshing read and I recommend it to everybody. Seriously, put ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from page one when Leora desperately seeks help from her community to save a man trapped in a small plane as it burst into flames. It was fascinating and scary to read how this situation might play out inside the Amish/Mennonite community and out. I appreciated how this author had readers see everyone’s faith be tested and how the outside community might react. I was surprised there was a mystery to solve in the middle of the suspense and drama as the end of “life” as everyone knew ...more
Rachel Brand
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, mennonite, 2016
I have been a little late in joining Jolina Petersheim’s fan club. She entered the Amish scene around the time that I was getting a bit burned out and took a break from it. In spite of my desire to move on to a different genre, I couldn’t escape the glowing reviews of Jolina’s debut novel—especially those written by people who wouldn’t normally touch Amish fiction—and finally listened to both The Outcast and The Midwife on audiobook. (Sidenote—Tavia Gilbert is an amazing narrator. She could prob ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-school, 2019
I was excited about this because I needed to read a Christian Fiction title for a class, and I was worried about finding something I’d like in a genre I never read. The Alliance is such a neat idea: a post-apocalyptic story set in a Mennonite community. It was so creative to focus on people already used to a low-tech, self-sustaining lifestyle and team them up with outsiders to their community, Englischers, to work together for survival after an EMP attack. I hadn’t even considered the complicat ...more
Nov 15, 2021 marked it as to-read
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Daphne Self
This was different than what I expected. Compared to other books I have read where the break down of society was evident either through an EMP or dollar collapse, this book ranks high.

The present tense first person narrative was refreshing and it seemed to center me in the story and see it through the eyes of Moses and Leora. This is their story. It doesn't matter the cause of what happened. It doesn't matter what the rest of the world is doing or the pursuit to find out. What matters in this st
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The description makes this book sound so good:
An EMP hits during an average day in an average city.
The vehicles stop. Cell phones are not working.
The city ends.

My feelings throughout this book changed and not for the better.
The writing was pretty much horrible. The continued run-on sentences grated on my nerves.
There are things that happened that were not explained very well, if at all.
The food is dwindling. The gangs are headed to their community.
Half the time, the families in this commu
Sarah Beth
Leora Ebersole is a young nineteen-year-old woman responsible for her younger brother, mentally challenged younger sister, and elderly grandmother in the wake of her father's abandonment and her mother's death. Despite her responsibilities, Leora has lived a sheltered and isolated existence in her Old Order Mennonite community located near the Canadian border. However, that all changes the day a small plane crashes in her community. The young pilot, Moses Hughes, offers a devastating explanation ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
This book is so, so good!

I quickly grew tired of reading Amish/Mennonite fiction after only a few of them. I don't typically touch them anymore. The Alliance is unlike any I've ever read, though, and is definitely worth reading, whether you typically enjoy them or not.

Reading this book will probably scare you into learning survival skills, and make you think about a world that you might not have even imagined, if you're like me. Though parts of the story are slower moving, there's still plenty o
Anne Rightler
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim is not your typical book about the Plain people and the Englischers. Petersheim gives readers a glimpse of what might happen if the two had to become one to survive. Can the Mennonite community, devout pacifists with a strong belief in the sanctity of life be in accord with the Englischers who insist guns and resistance might be needed to protect their lifestyle and their lives? What will this alliance mean—have survival instincts ‘mixed black and white until…co ...more
Joneal Kirby
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished Jolina Petersheim's novel, The Alliance. What a gift God has given this author. I'm dizzy with glee because finding a new author at my old age is just pure delight! Storytelling is Jolina's gift. It's her writing strength and the blessing she shares with us her lucky readers. Through this book as well as her previous two, I've fallen in love with this author. Jolina crafts the story you HAVE to know what comes next. She crafts page-turners which keep you up all night. In The Alliance, ...more
Maureen Timerman
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Wow! What a different type of Plain story, an old order Mennonite community is our setting in Ohio. Can you imagine seeing a small plane falling out of the sky and crashing, and the pilot is really not seriously injured.
At the same time the plane crashes everything else stops working, and he seems to have landed, or crashed where he is needed, in an Old Order Mennonite Community, in Ohio. Now why would he need to be here?
As you turn the pages of the book, all law and order has ceased, and people
Teresa Kander
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-mennonite
I have read two other Mennonite fiction books by this author, but this one is incredibly different. This is an apocalyptic tale, where a cataclysmic event changes life as the characters had known it. The Mennonite community, and the Englischers who are stuck there when the incident occurs, have differing ideas about how to protect their supplies and their lives but are forced to form an uneasy alliance.

This story is captivating and emotionally charged. It leads the reader to wonder what you woul
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A crazy good read in a somewhat apocalyptic Amish tale. So good and so intriguing. Looking forward to the continuing story in Spring 2017
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love apocalypse fiction. I find it comforting to read about strangers working to take care of each other and using ingenuity to find new ways to rebuild their quality of life. In this micro-genre - the setting is a closed Mennonite community with a very limited relationship with technology - there's also a tension between religious dogma (thou shalt not kill) and religious practice (what if someone tries to kill your entire family for your supplies?) that I find fascinating. There's another bo ...more
The premise of The Alliance had me hooked before I even read the first page, and it delivers everything the synopsis promises.

The story is entirely different from that of any other books I've read or even heard of. And that's what makes it completely unpredictable. There were so many plot twits and surprises that I found myself gaping at the page more than once.

The author created a wonderful cast of diverse characters, each more real and complex than the next. Woven through the apocalyptic tal
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plain-people
An EMP has arrived destroying the world as it once. Power has gone out and cell phones are useless. An airplane crashes near an Old Order Mennonite community and Leora Ebersole rescues the pilot, Moses Hughes. Other Englishers are stranded in the community as there vehicles are no longer able to drive. The English and Mennonites are forced to form an alliance for their own survival. In the nearby town riots are running rampant and refugees are fleeing for their lives. Even in the Mennonite commu ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
When I saw The Alliance, I knew I had to read it. It was just really different from anything I've ever read before. I've read Apocalyptic fiction and I've read Amish/Mennonite fiction—but I've never read the two combined into one book! I'm not sure I liked it enough to read the next book, but still, it was unique. ...more
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Jolina Petersheim is the highly acclaimed author of How the Light Gets In, The Divide, The Alliance, The Midwife, and The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. That book also became an ECPA, CBA, and Amazon bestseller and was featured in Huffington Post's Fall Picks, USA Today, Publishers Weekl ...more

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