When I read Jolina Petersheim’s The Alliance, I was so impressed at the idea and execution of such a creative storyline and since then I have been eagerly awaiting the conclusion and I was not disappointed.
In this gripping conclusion to The Alliance, nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole’s Old Order Mennonite community fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid and altered life as they knew it. Since then, Leora has watched and waited for news of Moses Hughes, the young Englischer pilot who held off invading looters long enough for everyone to escape. Unsure Moses even survived, Leora has begun to warm to the affections of Jabil Snyder, who has courted her patiently. But she struggles to see herself as the bishop’s wife, especially when she learns that Moses is alive and has now joined a local militia.
An unexpected encounter in the woods deepens Leora’s crisis, as does a terrifying new threat that brings Moses’ militia into the community’s shaky alliance with the few Englischers left among them. When long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?
One of the things that impressed me most about this second installment was how realistic Petersheim developed the story. Her story is full of what real people would have struggled with, decisions that would have been made, plans that might not have turned out and the bad that would have come along with it.
I recommend reading The Alliance first, as you’ll appreciate the story more. I thought the continued character development worked well and I really enjoyed getting more back story, especially with Moses. It’s a book that ended well (and not perfectly wrapped up), but I’m not going to lie, I would love to see a glimpse of more.
If you enjoy dystopian/apocalyptic stories , this is a different one to check out. If you aren’t too sure what you think about dystopian, this one is just real enough to give it a shot.
Which dystopian novel should I read next?
(Thank you to the author and Tyndale for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)