by Gerald N. Lund
"Before the world ended, the place was known as Star Valley, Wyoming." Eric Lloyd was only a small child when world war decimated the human population through nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare. But pockets of civilization survived, founded by visionaries who saw what was coming. Eighteen years later, the Alliance is an association of four large cities who have created Utopia - not just cities with low crime. . . cities with no crime, violence, or anger. When the Alliance forcibly brings Eric's village into their community, Eric knows that underneath the veneer of paradise lies something evil and he will not stop until he secures not only his freedom but the freedom of every other citizen in the Alliance.
There are only a few books that I can look back on and see how they influenced my life. This is one of them. It is a gripping and thoroughly entertaining read and that is enough reason to recommend it, but it is even more than that. This book helped inform my view of the world, my ideas of what freedom and agency actually mean, and how that line can be crossed in the name of "the good of mankind."
This book is rated PG. It has no bad language and no questionable scenes. There are some action sequences with mild violence.
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