In The Nexus, why did Aleria freak out so bad on Winslow? She couldn’t even admit that he had a bit of a point suggesting that she sleep with someone. Why did she let her values get in the way of the greater good like that?
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The simplest possible answer is that it made her feel like property—and more specifically—a whore. Remember that this is an emotional response and she hasn’t had even twenty-four hours to digest this information. She already feels like her life has been stripped away and she is living like a prisoner. To be told that if the man she loves can’t do the deed, then they should just have someone else do it was demeaning.
Ali would have probably ended with the same conclusion Winslow had suggested, but it was too soon. Everyone was thinking it, but Gabriel and Joshua were at least kind enough to give her the space to figure it out. And Gabriel would never have allowed Ali to be forced, whereas Winslow, being a fearful man, would have considered force as an option. Ali sensed this and reacted to it. So besides feeling like control of her own body wasn’t hers to choose, she also felt unsafe.
On a more philosophical note, the value of an individual and the right to free will are both motifs in the series. There is a struggle between the two factions within the Concilium on whether the individual matters. Do the ends justify the means? Is it acceptable to take/strip individuals of their rights for the greater good?
I gotta say right off the bat that I am a huge fan of your books. A couple months ago I got my friend into them too. But recently she and I have been getting into arguments because she doesn’t like Ali. She doesn’t think she has enough of a personality or thinks that some of her actions aren’t good. Like she thinks that Ali has no loyalty because she leaves her friends after Josh comes back. When she says this I take it as a personal attack because I relate to Ali so much. What should I do?
First of all, thank you for reading. I am honored that people are passionate about my books. Unfortunately, we can’t *make* people like what we like. I am a little baffled on the not having enough personality. Ali is strong and sassy in my mind’s eye (you see this more in The Nexus). She is not perfect, but who is? The flaws are what make characters interesting.
As far as loyalty goes, I see her as fiercely loyal. All of the decisions she makes in The Unintended are pretty much based on loyalty. She avoids her friends to protect them, not leave them behind. She would much rather have a house full of people when she feels threatened, but the thought of one of her friends getting hurt is more than she can handle. So she faces a creepy, empty house on her own.
Another point: She never abandoned her friends the entire time she was dating Robert, and she wouldn’t have done it if the situation with Joshua was a little more normal. The only reason she hadn’t been hanging out with them more was because she was in huge trouble with her parents for letting her grades slip after breaking up with Robert.