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Captives by Jill Williamson Review

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One choice could destroy them all.

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. 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 Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.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 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 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’ façade before it’s too late?

My Review:

I have to admit I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I started this book. Captives is book one in The Safe Lands series by Jill Williamson. Immediately I knew this was going to be a book that intrigued and yet baffled me. The story flips between the different characters seamlessly. You get to see things from each of their perspective so you have more of an understanding where each character is coming from. Yet in the true fashion of a series you have questions. Some get answered in this book and leave you with other questions and then some are left for the next book to answer. I guess that is how they get you to come back for more.

The story is jam packed with adventure. From the start you know that this is going to be a different kind of story. It reminds me of the Hunger Games and yet its completely different. The story is set to be about 80 years in our future. Our world has changed due to a pandemic and a lot of the world has been killed off. Those that live are alive because they live near a clean water source. You will follow three brothers: Levi, Mason and Omar and watch their relationship and personalities develop from the hardships they endure and the lives they lead.

I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to getting the next book to find out what happens next. I will tell you that this story talks about drug/alcohol use, as well as relationships between men and women but leaving it to the readers imagination. I recommend this for teens 13 and up.  It is very well written. I actually give this book 5 stars because of the authors creativity and clean writing. She writes very tastefully and you will not have to worry about what your teens are reading with this series. I recommend you give this a try for a Christian alternative to what is out there.