My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Christian, Science Fiction
“They're going to execute him?”
“Death is life, peer.”
Jill Williamson's world building is extraordinary in “Captives,” the first book in the Safe Lands Trilogy. It's set on Earth—in the United States even—but it's not the world as we know it.
In the book, we have four main characters: Mason, Levi, Omar, and Shaylinn. Each face their own personal struggles after their village, Glenrock, is attacked and many are brought as captives to the Safe Lands. As it turns out, the “Safe Lands” aren't really safe at all. Most of the inhabitants are plagued by a deadly disease—a disease Mason is determined to find a cure for.
Levi's main concern is setting his people free, while Shaylinn is kept on a tighter reign for the purpose the Safe Lands think she might serve them. And Omar—well, Omar is thinking that this new home might not be such a bad place after all.
But conflict arises against all of them and they must decide which path to take. Will they settle in and choose the comforts this new place has to offer? Or will they choose rebellion and possibly become liberated—a process that remains a mystery to both the inhabitants of Glenrock and the Safe Lands?
Full of creative inventions; vivid descriptions; and complex, likeable(and not-so-likeable) characters, this book is definitely a page turner. I want to recommend it to everyone, but I think it's safe to say that this book was meant for older teens. And even adults, despite its young adult classification. There are some mature themes that some younger children may not understand. Still, it's a wonderful read. I highly recommend it!
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