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
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outdated religion holds his village back.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... :)
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