I recently sat down with my handy dandy notebook that I like to write in when... well I like to write in it for anything and everything. I wrote down a list of different books that I could review for this blog. I tried to have a variety of different genres (luckily I am unopposed to any of the genres that I have yet encountered).
I have decided to write this first book review on one of my all time favorite books. This particular book is not very well known and is kind of old:
I first read this book when I was in 6th grade (so clearly it is not a hard read) and I fell in love with it at once. We read it for school, it was one of those books where you had to write summaries on; the books that make you hate reading normally. This book however, has the opposite effect, an impressive feat.
The book starts out in the future; the world has ended and civilization is barely holding on. One group was prepared for the end and they are able to continue a small community through their hard work and perseverance. However, they soon discover that more people have survived the calamity that destroyed so many than they originally thought and they are taken to a community that appears perfect. In this Utopian community, crime rates are basically non-existent and despite the occasional disturbance, everything runs perfect and smoothly. This is where the real story begins: full of intrigue, action, fighting, sacrifice, and love. This book is packed with relate-able issues, themes, and messages.
I have a hard time committing to a set method of rating or even a set rate that something (books, movies, etc) deserves. I tend to change my mind after time has passed. However, presently I will go with the popular 5 Star method:
Perhaps I am biased about this book, because I have loved it ever since I was twelve years old, but I would give The Alliance by Gerald N. Lund a rating of 4 out of five stars.
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, from the first sentence to the very last word. Characters are well developed and cause one to actually care about them and their well being. This is a thought provoking book and stays with you years after you first read it. This is what makes a book a "good book" in my opinion. Lund is able to create characters that you care about, themes that speak to you, a book that leaves you entertained, and makes you so disappointed that it's over that you have to reread it over and over again.
I truly enjoyed this book when I first read it, and years later, I am still entertained by the mere thought of it. I hope you take my advice to read it because it truly is one of my favorites.
Also, if you have any feedback, comments, ideas for me, books that I should review, or anything else you can possibly think of hit me up!