Monday, May 27, 2013

Captives: A Book Review and Giveaway!

Today, I have the great pleasure of reviewing Captives by Jill Williamson.  I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.                                                                            

 From the back cover: 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. 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 Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.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?

  Jill is a wonderful speculative fiction author for young people, and I have yet to be disappointed by one of her books. I was very excited to receive this book in the mail, and I read it in a couple of days. I'd say Captives is a little more mature then her two previous books, Replication and The New Recruit. There is a lot of science stuff talked about, including how to impregnate women. Also, there are drugs, drinking, and other heavy subjects, but Mrs. Williamson writes it all in a tasteful way, and it is done to show the true depravity of The Safe Lands.

And oh, it was interesting.

 The characters... The story was told from the point of view of three brothers, and the oldest brother's fiance's younger sister, Shaylinn. I wasn't the biggest fan of Levi (though he had his bright moments), and of course Omar got on my nerves at times, but my favorite character out of them would be Mason. He reminds me of the main character in my novel. He's smart, and gentle, and just an all around great character. I also liked Shaylinn. She was the most interesting girl character in the story, excluding the younger girls who I'd love to see more of in future books.

The plot... It reminds me of the stories you hear about, ya know, the places that seem so wonderful, so beautiful, they're actually dangerous. Like Vanity Fair in Pilgrim's Progress, The Safe Lands is full of pleasure... but it is in the pleasure that the danger lies.The idea of a future world where the masses live in a compound where they are all dying, and the few outsiders holding onto the truth are forced inside provides for lots of conflict, and interesting things to happen.

 I enjoyed learning about the many things presented in this future, and rooting for the good guys to win. There's so much I could say, and so little. It was very good. I enjoyed it, truly. Now, I must wait for the second to come out. Hopefully, I won't have to wait too long... :)

Check out the book trailer! And you can read the first chapter here.

Buy it here. Or here!

Jill and her publicist have kindly offered a giveaway! Enter in the rafflecopter below. (U.S. entrants only. :/)

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 I hope you enjoyed this reviews! God bless, and see you tomorrow!

~ a rambling author 


Remedyleaf said...

I have not read a Jill Williamson book, but I hope to soon! ;)

Chris Kolmorgen said...

Mason is one of my favorite characters, too. Great review! :)

Emily Rachelle said...

I love your comparison of the Safe Lands to Vanity Fair. Totally accurate and I never would've thought of that!

Cari said...

I have not read any of her books yet, but I read the prologue and first chapter of Captives online, and I really want to read the rest of it!

The Magic Violinist said...

Hope I win! :D This book looks really interesting!

Sara H said...

This book sounds so interesting!! I soooo want to read it!!

Faye said...

Glad to see that I wasn't the only one who wasn't immediately sold on Levi, though later I got to understand him better!

Jill Williamson said...

Thanks for the review! Mason is my fave too, though I sort of like them all. Ha ha.

Rachelle Rea said...

Great review! Your saying that it reminds you of stories and places you hear about reminds me of More's Utopia -- the more you learn about the Safe Lands, the less you like it. So true!

Katelyn Shear said...

Great review, Bethany! I think Mason was everyone's favorite.

Bethany said...

Remedyleaf: It is totally worth it! She's great! You should remedy that... ;)

Chris: He's just great all around. There's a lot to him! Thanks. :)

Emily: Ha. I was trying to think of something to compare it to, but on the spot all that would come to mind was Vanity Fair!

Cari: Yes, you must. It's so very good.

Magic Violinist: I hope you win one! Make sure you enter all the giveaways!

Sara: It is! Very much.

Faye: Yes, I wasn't super impressed with him at first, but I do admit, he grew on me.

Jill: I hope so! I'd hate to think how the others would react if you didn't like them. You might have a character strike!

Rachelle: I've never heard of More's Utopia strangely enough. :P

Katelyn: Why wouldn't he be? He's Mason.

Jenna Blake Morris said...

I've heard loads of good things about this one. Once I read it and The New Recruit (ha, I know, I'm way behind), I'll be good to go.

Carol Gehringer said...

Great review! I like Jill's books -- but probably my favorite so far is the Blood of Kings triology (OK, that's actually 3 books . . .)

Lexi Snow said...

Unfortunately no, but Captives sounds like a great book! :D Cool review!