Rebels (Safe Lands Series #3)

Rebels (Safe Lands Series #3)

by Jill Williamson
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Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
 This book is constitution from the two other books called "Captives" and "Outcasts". I would love to read the two books before. This book deals with lowlands and Midlands areas along with Kinderds. This deals with mostly the rebels in hiding and though of  send to liberation. You goes though the adventures and to find the truth about Liberation and what the government was doing. Can the rebels get the truth out about Liberation and what it means. What happening to Safe land folks? Levi find out that Jenna is having his baby? Omar and Mason work together to get the rebels to help with getting the truth out. Is the Owl know all and sees all. Omar has thing to deal with and will he come over it. What about Mason will he tell where his brothers are staying or will they do need to do a trade to get his brother? There are so many twist and turns that is will having wanting more and to want to turn the page to find out.
AlysonSchroll More than 1 year ago
I was very upset when I was too busy to read this awesome book straight through. Rarely can I start and stop a book over a long period and still remain interested and excited to finish. Rebels kept my hard-to-earn attention over a period of a few months. This end to a series had the perfect balance of story. It gave me the satisfaction of the end of a series while still giving hints that the story of the characters continue. Not many series' that I've read have done that successfully, in my opinion. Williamson's plot was complex and unexpected at times, yet she did a great job at answering the appropriate questions about the characters and storyworld. And if you read the first two books, you began this book with extensive questions. By the end, all the questions were answered or no longer important to the understanding of the story. Again, I'll say how much I loved the characters and their interactions. Williamson does a phenomenal job presenting actions and consequences. Many of the characters made mistakes, but they all had to deal with the consequences of those mistakes, a concept not present in many modern stories. I am amazed by the complete worldviews that Williamson developed. The story wasn't just about the members of a village fighting for their freedom against the members of a city. She constructed an worldview in opposition to the village complete with a theology, biology, ethics, government, philosophy, and sociology. Without spoiling the end, Williamson handled the conflicting worldviews incredibly well. My love for the characters, the story, and the battle of good versus carried completely through this series as Rebels closed out the trilogy wonderfully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a conclusion to the Safe Lands trilogy. I found it fun and easy to read. It ends well-- though not perfectly. Some questions are left unanswered and, personally, I wouldn't mind another book about them... In the third book, you learn what liberation really is, more about the Thin Plague (or more importantly the medicine used on the people with the Thin Plague). Most people get a mostly happy ending-- but like I said, I still want another one... Haha! I would definitely recommend this trilogy to anyone who likes dystopian. (I got this book for free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All statements and thoughts are my own.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summary: Mason and Levi now face liberation—one of the Safe Lands best-kept secrets. But even knowing the truth about liberation isn’t enough to save their family and friends. When Omar’s illness grows worse, Shaylinn’s unborn babies are in danger, and Jemma is selected as the new Safe Lands queen, all hope seems lost. But the rebels are making plans, and if they succeed, long-sought freedom and truth will finally come to those under the oppression of the government. But if they fail, death is immanent. My Thoughts: This trilogy started out strong in Captives, but it gets better with each book in the series.Rebels is a fast-paced,gripping journey with numerous twists that leave readers wondering if the secrets of the Safe Lands will ever be exposed. Through unexpected turns and moments that make you stop reading and stare at the page while you try to process the intensity of the story, Rebels is a thrilling end to Jill Williamson’s series. There are themes of redemption, forgiveness, and unconditional love woven throughout the book,  but the characters never arrive at these themes the easy way…nor do they have all of the answers about life, God, or their seemingly impossible circumstances.This makes Mason, Levi, Omar, and the rest of the characters seem like real people, even though they’re living in a fictional world. A lot of time lapses in this third book, and many characters weave in and out of the story. But the results are absolutely incredible. In Conclusion: So after journeying through all three books in the series, would I recommend it? Absolutely. This is a series teens (guys and girls) will enjoy, yet it’s offers a complex storyline people beyond the teen years will enjoy, too. Jill Williamson doesn’t sugarcoat any details, meaning the story presents some of the grittiness of life in a straightforward way, yet she always shows the situations in light of a Biblical standpoint. This means, consequences happen, but so does forgiveness. And the ending? I can’t give away any details. But I will say I’m going to miss hanging out in such a well-crafted story world. 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 and Testimonials in Advertising.
RyebrynnLylaShveer More than 1 year ago
Rebels was brilliant, vibrant, profound, another good book from Jill Williamson. THE GOOD 1. The CHARACTERS. Oh my. They were wonderful. Poignant in nearly every respect. Real. Character you could identify with, and ones I could definitely see as friends. 2. The story I could totally see this happening in America's future. A sign of good storytelling is believability. And Rebels definitely had believability.  3. The cover That cover is positively gorgeous. :) 4. The ending (spoilers) THE BAD 1. Suggestive content This book is not for those under at LEAST 14. I read it, but I'm a, uh... Rebel. :)  2. It deals with content intended for older people Yeah, as I said, 14+. All in all, and enjoyable, suspenseful read, and a good end to the Safe Lands Trilogy! :) Bravo, Jill Williamson! Five stars! I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. This is my whole and unbiased opinion.
Jason_Joyner More than 1 year ago
Jill Williamson is a creative author with a great imagination and a willingness to push her characters. She doesn't disappoint with Rebels, the last book in the Safe Lands series.  There's a little bit of catching up with the cliffhanger from the second book, but the plot takes off quickly and leads the remnant of Glenrock village through twists and turns that I couldn't see coming. There were nice surprises, and the book was, like the others in the series, an engaging read.  There are a few too many minor characters named that make a few scenes a little confusing, but that is a minor issue. Overall the main characters of Levi, Mason, Omar, Jemma, and Shaylinn all have challenges to overcome as the story progresses to the dramatic ending. Jill's also not afraid to address some issues that were set up in prior books: despair, drug abuse, and control by authorities.  The Safe Lands series is a great YA dystopian trilogy, and Rebels is a fitting conclusion to it. Don't miss it.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this series is over! Can I take a moment and admit that I have might have teared up when finishing up the last chapter? "Rebels" was a GREAT conclusion, but I'm so sad to see these characters go! They have all been through a lot, but they still held onto their faith or found faith through it all! In "Rebels" Jill tied up all the loose ends from book two and finally revealed what liberation was! Gasp! I had an idea of what it might be and was sort of right, but didn't quite realize the full extent of it all! Plus there were even a few twists thrown in there that kept me on the edge of my seat! Aswith the second novel in the series, "Outcasts," there was another gentle spiritual message weaved throughout this one. I really love the redemption theme as well as loving others who hate/don't love us. Jill did a wonderful job of fully showing just what that means too! Despite the sadness I felt at the end because these characters stories are done being told, I loved the adventure this novel took me on! It was awesome to see the journey of these three brothers and their growth spiritually, emotionally, and in relationships/friendships. So glad I was able to read this entire series and recommend it to older teens. It's sure to give the reader an adventurous time! *(I received this novel from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
esosweet More than 1 year ago
Rebels is the conclusion to the Safelands trilogy by Jill Williamson. The first two books, Captives and Outcasts, were good and I was eager to read Rebels. It did not disappoint. If you haven’t read the first two books, be warned that this will likely contain spoilers for them.  Picking up where Outcasts leaves off, we find that the Glenrock remnant is headed underground. Mason and Omar are headed for liberation which most think means death. Levi now fully bears the mantle of leadership for his people and it is a heavy burden. The Owl figure who Omar created to show truth to the Safe-Landers will have to be resurrected with help from the Kindred. The Kindred are the underground group of which rebel leader, Ruston, is a member. The Kindred welcome the Glenrock, but not fully. Shaylinn especially will have to figure out these relationships.  Rebels was full of plot twists and turns. I don’t want to give anything away, but it was definitely a fast-paced read. I didn’t want to put it down and when I had to, I kept finding myself wondering what was going to happen. Something I have mentioned before, Williamson continually changes the perspective of the story. I liked this as it provided a complete story that showed what each character was facing. This was handled very well and I never once had to figure out who the focus was on at any point.  I highly recommend this trilogy. It draws from the story of Daniel in the Bible and his experiences in Babylonian captivity. There are lots of other themes throughout the series, but I like that the themes of loving others (espcially those who have a different lifestyle) and family are the most resonant. Rebels was a great conclusion to the story and really seemed to wrap up all of the loose ends that come from the other books.   A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
NicoS More than 1 year ago
I don’t want to give any spoilers to the story, so I won’t go into great detail about the actual plot itself, which is why this review may come across as somewhat vague.  But, in the final book of the Safe Lands series, the story pretty much picks right up where it left off in Book 2.  Most of the Outsiders are now temporarily living with the Rebels and are trying to find a way to escape the Highlands.  If you’ve read book 2, then you know that there are a couple of Outsiders who are about to be liberated as well.  In Rebels, we do get answers to several questions.  We finally find out what being liberated truly means.   We learn more about the plague and the meds given to those who have it.  We also learn that there are rebels whom you’d never suspect in influential places in the Highlands.  There are old friends, new friends, and enemies that make their appearances in this book as well.   I will say that although this book is primarily about young teenagers/young adults, there are several grown-up situations that these kids find themselves in.  Many are not good.  However, I enjoyed watching different characters learn and grow in their own ways, which was one of the things I liked so much about Book 2.   This was a very engaging story and I read it in less than a week.  I really enjoyed the progression of the series as a whole with the author not trying to rush things through just to finish the series.  I’ve read SEVERAL YA series where the final books leaves me scratching my head wondering what in the world the author was thinking.  However, this series does not do that at all.  As I stated above, it progresses really well and the 3rd book was just as good, if not better than the first or second, in my opinion.   That alone  makes this series stand out.  And I appreciate the obvious hard work the author put into making this series tie together and end well while still being fairly believable.    The ONLY thing I could say that I would have liked to have seen different was maybe there being an Epilogue.  I would have liked to have seen the characters several years down the road.  However, that’s not to say that the book doesn’t end well, because it does.  But it does end in such a way that the author may be able to write a 4th book sometime in the future, which I would love!  Overall, I thought this was a great book & a great way to end a brilliant series.  I was intrigued by the series when I first read the plot of the first book and I have not been disappointed.  I loved that the series was clean, the characters (mostly) really improved themselves over time, and the story seemed to follow a reasonable pace.  It’s a great read and a great addition to my personal library.   **I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have done.**
TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
4 & 1/2 star thrilling end! One of the things I always enjoy about Jill Williamson’s books are her world building and characters. Similar to Veronica Roth's Factions or Suzanne Collin's Panem, Williamson’s dystopian world has eerie connections to our contemporary world. It is easy to picture our society going too far in certain directions to lead us to something similar to the Safe Lands. The technology and fashions are a mix of futuristic and old industrial depending on whether outside the Safe Lands or within. Little idioms and jargon such as “raven” for “handsome,” “femme” for “female,” or “SimTap” (a Bluetooth-like system) makes you feel immersed in a familiar, yet unfamiliar world. Jill Williamson’s characters are three-dimensional. They’re not perfect and they make mistakes, but they learn from it and become stronger people. Omar, Mason, Levi, Ciddah, even Jemma –they all reminded me that just as God forgives us, we need to show forgiveness to others. Shaylinn’s struggle to show God’s love to Tova, a disgruntled woman whose husband has been giving the Glenrock remnant shelter, was such an example to me. Each of the characters challenged me to be more Christ-like in the way I handle relationships, in my attitude toward others who need forgiveness (like Omar, Ciddah, or Tova) and a reminder to consider how I am loving or caring for others. The main action in this book moves like a spy or espionage plot. It culminates with a twist I didn’t foresee and a satisfying end to the Safe Lands rebellion. The final three chapters wrap up the stories of our main three brothers. I would call these semi-satisfying because of course I would have loved more closure or a more finite “happily ever after” to certain relationships. However, if Williamson had done this, I think it could have come off as too contrived, so even though I wish it otherwise, the ending is much more realistic and stronger as is. I look forward to see what Jill Williamson dreams up next. *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have done*