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The remnant from Glenrock is now living as rebels within the Safe Lands, looking for a way to find purpose in their lives. When a young rebel is murdered and his death points to a rebel leader, it's hard to know who to trust. Levi tries to organize a plan to free the children and fights for respect as elder over those who'd rather go their own way. Omar tries to change his image of a traitor by donning a costume and going out into the night as a vigilante hero. And Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the ...
The remnant from Glenrock is now living as rebels within the Safe Lands, looking for a way to find purpose in their lives. When a young rebel is murdered and his death points to a rebel leader, it's hard to know who to trust. Levi tries to organize a plan to free the children and fights for respect as elder over those who'd rather go their own way. Omar tries to change his image of a traitor by donning a costume and going out into the night as a vigilante hero. And Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, but his investigation just might get them all liberated.
Posted May 7, 2014
In this sequel to Captives, the former residents of Glenrock are still in captivity in the Safelands. In a place that tells you to “Find pleasure in life,” Mason and his brothers can only find trouble. And as they try to plan a way to reunite their people and escape, sickness, temptations, wary Safelanders, and even love all threaten to distract them from their mission. Who can they trust? And will they ever make it out alive?
I can’t say much without spoiling Captives, the first book in the trilogy, but I can say this is a page-turner. It took me about five chapters to really get into the rhythm of the story, but after that point I was hooked. There is always something going on in the story, and the alternate points of view let you see inside the heads of characters who are all experiencing very different trials. As with the first book in the series, Jill Williamson is not afraid to let drastic things happen in this book. I love that. At times, I would try to convince myself that surely [insert big plot twist here] wouldn’t happen, because that would be too irreversible, but then it would happen and I’d be left with my mouth open in shock. Also, the story world is fantastic. There are so many details and unique elements that make the Safelands a fascinating place to read about. I recommend this book for older teens because of a few gritty elements, but there is no language and all of the more mature subjects are handled well.
A lot happens in this book, and by the time I reached the last page, I was frustrated I’d have to wait several months for the third book in the trilogy. What a cliffhanger! I don’t read a lot of sci-fi/dystopia, but this series has me fascinated, and I can’t wait for Rebels, the conclusion to the story.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements a.
Posted April 11, 2014
In Outcasts by Jill Williamson we find brothers, Levi, Mason and Omar still inside the Safelands, along with other members of their village. They have managed to break a lot of rules, but have also found a way into hiding with help from an outlaw named Bender. When one of Bender’s lackeys winds up dead they have to wonder who they can really trust in the city. They also know that they can’t leave the Safeland without the kids that were taken when the village was raided. Will they be able to get the kids and escape? Will they get turned over to the authorities by their “friends”? Will Mason or Omar find love?
This book delved more into the lifestyles and choices of those living in the Safelands. The constant used of vaping drugs and alcohol was intense. It seemed like Williamson was really working hard to drive home several points: don’t have sex outside of marriage and don’t do drugs. Her other theme was, to me, more mature. It was that family is the most important thing and it is what you make it to be.
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t predictable or boring. It moved quickly and the constant changing of perspective was smoothly done and gave a well rounded view of the story. I really recommend this series and can’t wait to read the third part.
Posted March 31, 2014
A fun and exciting read with a penchant for futuristic storytelling. You'll follow Levi, Mason and Omar as they seek to restore life as they once knew it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2014
Fantastic dystopian, coming-of-age, political Christian thriller! Who knew you could combine all that in one series? I have found a new, fascinating, and stimulating author and I just wish I had more time to hunt down and devour the rest of her books. I may have just found my summer project!
Assuming you have read the first one, this ones falls right in line and continues with the multitude of storylines, and character evolutions that began in Book 1: Captives. If you haven’t read Captives, go find it and read it first. It’s a must.
From the beginning, I loved that the focus was not just on one of the brothers, but on all three: Levi, Mason, and Omar, and on their respective relationships, with their other halves, with their friends, with each other, and ultimately with God. Almost, if not every possible teenage issue is discussed and dealt with on a personal level with at least one of the characters; teenage pregnancy, self-esteem, drugs, peer pressure, sibling rivalry, and above all, doubting God, and your relationship with him and how it affects your relationship with others.
Impressively, not only does Williamson’s narrative confront these personal conflicts, she takes it to a whole other level confronting issues on a societal level, as well. She mainly focuses on the downfall of the constant pursuit of “feeling good” despite the repercussions, but there are elements of questioning societal structures and how “outsiders” are dealt with, and ultimately makes the reader question just how far a government could go to maintain itself.
This book would provide for quite a lot of discussion material for a young adult group/youth group setting, especially paired with a standard bible study. I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys these types of books, or to anyone who is a young adult or who deals with youth on a regular basis.
HEAT Rating: Mild
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
Posted March 12, 2014
I devoured Jill Williamson's Captives, the first book in the Safe Lands Series. When Outcasts released, I knew I wanted to continue the story.
The main characters in this saga include three brothers, Mason, Omar and Levi.
Mason is smart and independent, Omar struggles with guilt and craves redemption, and Levi is responsible with great leadership skills. Each of them is trying to find their place and role in the world, and their stories unfold bit by bit in each book.
In Outcasts Omar is really fleshed out as a character, and Mason's story progresses from where we left him in Captives. For those of you who are curious about Mason's relationship with Ciddah, be prepared for intrigue. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I didn't.
The world-building of Safe Lands- the personalities, the names, the local traditions and the hyper technology, the plague affecting so many citizens, the rebels, the broader hedonistic culture, the machinations of the government- is very interesting. It provides a technicolor mental landscape for us to inhabit while the pages turn.
I have read Divergent and The Hunger Games, and I greatly appreciated them both. I don't think those characters and worlds will leave me for a long time. I sure hope not.
I do think that if you are interested in dystopia, and aren't ready for those series, Safe Lands is something to check out. There is much less violence and blood in these books, while still preserving themes worth thinking about.
And the lack of obvious gore doesn't make the Safe Lands any less deadly. In fact, their method of elimination for criminals and rebels is called "Liberation."
That gives you something to think about right there: "Liberation" is apparently death packaged in classy, positive terms. Can that be fruitfully compared to euthanasia, which is supposedly "a good death?"
See, there is a lot to think about amidst the face-paced action and interconnected relationships that form The Safe Lands series.
Thank you Booksneeze for my review copy.
Posted February 26, 2014
Williamson has succeeded again with Outcasts (The Safe Lands). Her imagination and clean writing easily draws the reader into the future with a full cast of believable characters. The youth of Williamson's created world have their cultural slang, fashion, and gadgets of the future, yet she weaves in them the unchanging thread of the frailty of mankind.
Her characters walk off the page and one wants to care about them. I have read other works by Williamson, but missed the first book in this series so it took me a little bit to catch up in the story, but I did so, and this book can be read and enjoyed on it's own. I will warn you though that if you read it, you will be as I am…waiting for the next book in the series to come out.
Posted February 4, 2014
Outcasts offers a very real view of sibling rivalry and the temptations of the world. The oldest of four, I felt for each of these characters. Levi, who just wanted to protect his brothers. Omar, who did not want to live in Levi's shadow. And Mason, who wanted the freedom to choose his own path. I understood their pain because I saw a little of each of my siblings and my self in each of the brothers.
The world's temptations are difficult to fight, and the brothers show different was that temptations affect us. How they can ruin our lives. I liked that each brother struggled in his own way and that none are perfect.
I wish that Jill had gone more in depth with the science of the plague. As a medic, Mason should have had more to say about it. I also have to say that the "Owl" seemed silly to me. I would have preferred that he did something more along the lines of what Shay did (can't tell you what because that is a spoiler).
Still, I enjoyed the conflict the brothers and the world they have found themselves in. I can't wait for the next story.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 21, 2014
Jill Williamson in her new book “Outcasts” Book Two in The Safe Lands series published by Blink continues the rebellion against the Safe Land.
From the back cover: Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives.
Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined … and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason’s brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason’s younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante.
Soon all three brothers are being watched closely—and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.
The rebellion is on! The brothers manage to get out of the Safe Lands and free the children. However not everyone made it out so Mason needs to go back. When he arrives he is captured. Now they need to free him as well as the others. In the meantime they are looking at the drug the population is being forced to take because it may not be what they are told it is. The rebels are going to be exiled to the Lowlands where they are supposed to work. But no one comes back from there so they know they will die there if they are not rescued. I like a good adventure not only where there is action but where we are forced to think as well. In “Outcasts” Jill Williamson not only provides us adventure she also gives us much to think about. The brothers and their fellow adventurers are placed in deadly danger time and time again, much like the heroes from the movie serials. Ms. Williamson gives us such great characters that we are always rooting for them to succeed and get together with each other. Ms. Williamson has given us an admirable sequel and I look forward with much anticipation to the next and concluding book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted January 7, 2014
Coming off Captives, I was excited to read Outcasts. Jill set up amazing conflicts and characters in book one and kept them going in book two.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was the value of life. I loved the way the characters fought for the lives they loved and even the ones they didn’t. Without spoiling anything, I’ll say that there were times were killing would have been appropriate, but the characters chose not to. They saved lives without ending others.
The beginning of the story was a little slow. It seemed harder to get into the story than book one, but I’ve read much slower stories. By the last third of the book, I couldn’t put it down.
Lastly, I appreciated the consequences that were revealed for people’s actions. The Safe Lands people (and even some others) do bad things and their sin is not glorified. That said, this would not be a book I give young teens because of the extensive presence of those bad things. The worldviews displayed would fit better analyzed by older teens.
Though I felt some events dragged a little, I eagerly wait for the last book of the series. Outcasts was a complex, thought—provoking story for older teens. I frequently asked myself, “What decision would I make?”
Posted January 7, 2014
The three brothers each have their own problems living in the Safe Lands. Levi is struggling to reunite his people and escape the pleasure seeking population. Mason fell in love with Ciddah even though he knew that he could never trust her. Omar is driven by guilt and the desire to help, but don’t have a clear vision on how.
Outcasts is a great read filled with adventure and mystery. And I mean everything is a mystery. Every time they trusted someone I held my breath. Also it was crazy how many things came to light that I wasn’t expecting. Out of all the point of views, Shaylinn was still my favorite. She definitely matured since the last book.
Believability: I felt like I was there.
Plot: Two thumbs up.
I would definitely recommend to both teens and adults! This book is the second in the series and I recommend that Captives (Book 1) is read first.
I received the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted January 7, 2014
There is no easy way to explain my utter excitement about reading and reviewing Outcasts over the internet.
I was "captivated" by Captives and thus the bar was set high for Outcasts, but to my great delight Ms. Williamson came through! Every time I assumed to know how the book would end I found myself wrong! I truly did not know what was going to happen (I still don't, actually. lol!), and I love that. Ms. Williamson has a great, realistic setting that draws you in and holds you prisoner. I can't imagine all the thought that went into making the Safe Lands reality in her imagination.
Oh, and the characters were wonderful! Though, I admit, I was slightly disappointed that there were fewer references to The Princess Bride, however, this didn't stop me from enjoying Levi and Jemma's banter. I may, and probably am, be in the minority on this one, but I am wary of Ciddah. I suppose I'll have to withhold final judgement until I've read the next book. :-) Shaylinn remains my favorite character of all.
Those who have read the first in this series will certainly love this follow up. The cover for Outcasts is simply beautiful. I love the different colors and how they blend together. This sequel raises the stakes and pushes our beloved characters closer to their destination, whether internal or external. All in all, a great story- one for my keeper shelf!
I highly recommend this series to young adult Christians who enjoy other popular dystopians, my only caution to newer readers is in both Captives and Outcasts there is some minor content thanks to Omar and simply the crude ways the Safe Landers are trying to stay afloat. I recommend to those ages fifteen and older.
I received an ARC copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks, Jill!
Posted January 4, 2014
(I received an ARC of Outcasts from the publisher, however, it does not influence my review and the following opinions
are entirely my own.)
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I think it is even better than the first one in this series.
Outcasts picks up where Captives left off, but the story and relationships get deeper in this book. There is a lot of character
development (both good and bad) and we are better able to relate to and root for certain characters. We see the struggles
and the triumphs that these “Outsiders” are facing by being forced to live in a society where temptation to live only for pleasure
is constantly surrounding them. Because they are surrounded by people who have no sense of morality, the Outsiders
struggle to cling to what they know is right and still follow their hearts. This leads them to discover that some of what they’ve
been taught by their own people may not be entirely accurate.
As they fight to cling to their roots and beliefs and to salvage their way of life, they also have to adjust to changes forced upon
them by the Safe Lands. The Outsiders must learn how to deal with betrayal and we see a lot of new relationships budding
as well as some heroes rising up. Also, secrets that the Safe Landers don’t want revealed are unraveling, showing the flaws
in the structure of the society.
The author has done an excellent job of keeping the story fresh, interesting, and entertaining in this book. I appreciate that instead
of straying too far from the original story, she has instead chosen to go deeper with it. This is not always the case in Dystopian novels
& I commend her for taking this route. If you are a fan of the Safe Lands series, you won’t be disappointed with this book!