May 27, 2013 | By: Cynthia Marcano

Captives by Jill Williamson Blog Tour

Author - Jill Williamson
415 pages
Time It Took for to Read - 3 Days
Rating - 5 out of 5 Stars
Would I Recommend to My Students: Absolutely!!!

When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many—including his fiancée, Jem–taken captive. 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 Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.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 Land has 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 his people, but also find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone inside the Safe Lands.
Can Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Land’s façade before it’s too late?

About The Author

Jill Williamson is an author of all things weird. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. Her Blood of Kings trilogy won two Christy Awards, and she recently released Captives, a dystopian teen novel from Zonderkidz. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer.

What I Loved...

The inspiration for this book is great and opened my mind to dig deeper into the lives and people that shaped the bible. It is clever! I felt like a Captive.

I loved Mason! I felt myself drawn most to him.

The book is a great mix of adventure, hilarity, love and suspense.

Jordan! He was a riot. I warmed up to him once in the Safe Lands.

What I Liked...

The creativity of the Sim Art and other technology. 

The small details like the helped me feel like I was there.

While some may think that the use of vapor and promiscuity may have seemed surprising, I didn't. We live in that world now and it would only make sense that the future would hold more of the same but in a "new" way. Again very creative.


I don't like Ciddah. There! I said it. I just can't help it. 

I am not a Dystopian reader usually, BUT Jill has opened up my mind to branch out in my reading selections. I love how this book idea was derived from a bible study and am looking into using this book for my bible study class.

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DISCLAIMER: A free ebook was given through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is my own and I have not been compensated for my opinion in any way.


Emily Rachelle said...

I loved Mason too! ^.^ Not Jordan so much... he was too obnoxious for me. That might be because of his resemblance to my brothers, though.

"I felt like a Captive." Perfect description of the entire book, right there.

I totally agree with you on the immorality aspect. I know it threw some readers but I feel like the portrayal of the Safe Lands and their condition would have been weak and incomplete without it.

Not like Ciddah? Not. Like. Ciddah. *breaks down sobbing for the poor woman* Haha I didn't like Ciddah at first (to be honest, I shipped Shaylinn and Mason for the first few chapters...) but she really grew on me. I'm going to be heartbroken if certain things don't work out in future books.

Rosie Wilson said...

Jordan is HILARIOUS! Oh my word. The things he came up with to say... lol!!

I'm not sure how I feel about Ciddah... I'm like Emily though, I shipped Shaylinn and Mason for a few chapters. Haha! I'm very intrigued to see how things work out in the next books.

Jill Williamson said...

Emily! Your brothers. Too funny. I had fun writing Jordan. The fact that he's obnoxious made it a blast to think of how people would respond to him.

Thanks for the review, Cynthia! And for giving a dystopian novel a whirl. They can be quite different. :-)

Faye said...

I loved Mason too :)

Rachelle Rea said...

I loved Mason, too. Although I kinda fell for Levi, too. Jemma. :) <3 And Jordan! I wanted to slap him at times, but he was pretty hilarious.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

"While some may think that the use of vapor and promiscuity may have seemed surprising, I didn't. We live in that world now and it would only make sense that the future would hold more of the same but in a 'new' way. Again very creative."

Grrrrrreat points to make, Cynthia!

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