The Alliance

18.  The Alliance
by Gerald Lund
A tale of a future, post-nuclear holocaust society where safety trumps individual choice.
Science Fiction
Appropriate for young teens & adults
My 13 yo loved it!
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Lund tells the story of two societies seeking to survive after the world we know is destroyed by war.  The main character is likable and the setting is thought-provoking.  "The Alliance"  asks questions of individual responsibility, how to fight injustice, and security versus freedom.  A great book to discuss with youth.  And if you are like me, not ready for your youth to tackle "The Hunger Games" this gives them a good chance to begin dealing with some of the same issues on a less-disturbing level.

My Favorite Quotes:

With a sigh he decided it was a problem of infinite complexity and limited interest.

My father used to tell us that love and goodness are interwoven and interdependent. The more goodness a person exhibits in his life, the easier it is to love that person.  Selfishness, cruelty, exploitation -- any evil act makes it harder and harder to feel love for a person.

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