Book Review: Captives by Jill Williamson


The Synopsis:

“When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenging finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many–including his fiancée, Jem–taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands have protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago…and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls.

Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ facade before it’s too late?

My Review:

This book was absolutely fantastic! I loved the characters, the setting, and even the villains (I didn’t actually like the villains, I just loved how villiany they were! Very, very well made!). The story world of the Safe Lands was so greatly written, it was also very easy to understand. The technology that is used and explained throughout the book is also very fascinating.

There are a few things that keep this book at a higher age, like maybe 15 or older. There is some drug and alcohol use as well as sexual content. But these things are not just extras that the author decided to put in for the heck of it, they are used to show you how bad the Safe Lands really is, so there is more in the beginning of the book and it slowly fades out because you know what happens “behind the scenes”.

I do recommend this book to my friends, but as I stated earlier, definitely not younger than 13.

“I received this book from Book Sneeze/Thomas Nelson for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Captives by Jill Williamson”

  1. I am thirteen and I read the book a year ago. I read it at age 12, but would not recommend it for that age. I agree that 13 is s good age, varying depending on maturity. my brother works for Zondervan, so ihe gave me the book, and that is why I rrsd it then. I am almost done with Outcasts, and they are both AWESOME! very eyes opening as to what could happen in the future if America does not change course.

    1. Yes, there seems to be a very wide gap of maturity between the ages 12 and 13, I was 15 when I read it and was almost tempted to put the age at 14ish…..
      I agree very much with you about this series being almost futuristic! I actually believe that the author took “new” inventions in today’s world and made them what everyone lived off of in the future, take the electric cigarette for example, to go as a sort of warning. But that may just be me 🙂
      Outcasts is actually my favorite book so far but I am going to say this…..”Beware of the Cliffhanger!!!! Worst I have ever read!!!!!” Lol Looking forward to Rebels which comes out in August!

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