About the book: It's 18 years after the nuclear holocaust and the end of civilization, as we know it. Survivors are being relocated to a new society known as the Alliance. It seems like a dream come true for many of the new citizens. Crime, as well as harmful emotions, such as anger and prejudice have been eliminated, because the Alliance has computerized control over it's citizens from a computer chip that has been implanted in everyone. Eric Lloyd discovers the Alliance's corrupt power structure and vows to destroy it. But can one person change the world?
My review: 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 received this book as a gift.
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About the author: Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He served for thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, and he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008. He is a prolific and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction and is best known for his historical novels, including The Work and the Glory series, Fire of the Covenant, The Kingdom and the Crown series, and The Undaunted. He and his late wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children.
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