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!
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. Soon after 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 and cars that won’t start.
Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.
In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses, and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible. Whom will they help and whom will they turn away? When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far they’re willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life.
“What if the unpredictable road leads to the only destination worth reaching in the end?”
What an original and unique story Jolina has given us readers! I love how she does that with her novels. It’s refreshing, entertaining and her books force readers to grapple with what they would do in such situations. The Alliance does just that.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this novel was that you felt what the people felt. They were confused and for the small Mennonite community, for the first time ever had to deal with realities that push them in ways they have never imagined. I also thought she did a really great job with the character development of both Moses and Leora. Two people from very different worlds and now thrown together in order to survive and protect those they love – it kept me hooked the whole way through.
It’s always interesting to compare how different “end of the world” stories show how a world would collapse if something life-altering happened to the planet. I think they often show much of the same – and sadly I think it’s accurate.
This is also a book that forces the reader to stop and take a moment to think about what they would do in such a situation and also come to the conclusion that it might not be so black and white after all. I definitely recommend!
Have you read any of Jolina’s books? Do you have a favorite?
(Thank you to Tyndale for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
And guess what? Jolina is going to giveaway a signed copy to one of y’all lovely readers! Enter below 🙂