Friday, June 13, 2014

Captives Book Review

Wow, I have a really good dystopian book for you to read called Captives written by Jill Williamson! It is full of action and will leave you breathless.
In a dystopian future, eighteen-year-old Levi returns from Denver City with his latest scavenged treasures and finds 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 Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.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?
I have read a lot of books about what the future might look like and none of them are very promising, that's for sure. In Captives, it seems like a few bands of people spread out all over the country seem to be living just fine and have no health issues.

But, in the Safe Lands, which is a walled up community, everyone inside suffers from something called the Thin Plague. Not sure what caused all of this as it doesn't really explain that in the book, which is the only thing I can say I wished they had, but otherwise, it was a spellbinding story that simply was shocking and mind provoking.

It seems even in the future, that there is always one dictator and one country who thinks they are above everyone else and if they need or want something, it's their right to just go and take it, which is what the  in the Safe Lands do to the people of Glenrock. For some odd reason, their women aren't able to carry babies so they need the uninfected women of Glenrock to become baby machine mama's to make endless babies. Talk about injustice and slavery!

And then they have the gall to call them Queen's and that they can have everything and anything that they want, except they are not allowed to keep those babies, they go straight to some school or nursery to be raised like they live in a boarding school. So, all of these kids have no parents and are raised by whoever is tasked to do whatever it is they do in these schools. I just can't imagine why anyone would be happy with this situation. It seems cold and heartless but these people in the Safe Lands think it's normal!

There are a lot of other surprises in store for the people of Glenrock that will blow their minds and mine also. I don't know how these rulers of the Safe Lands came into power but it has definitely gone to their heads and why the neighboring communities around this walled up city don't just storm the place and free all of their captured women and some men, is still not clear.

I also wonder why the people of the Safe Lands themselves that have been born from women who were kidnapped or bought from slave traders and grow up to be doctors and such don't question the way they were raised or continue with this farce. But, they don't and that makes this story so maddening. Well, I take that back, there are some rebels trying to make a difference but they are way outnumbered and desperately need help.

If you love dystopian books, this one is definitely a keeper and I can't wait to read the next book. Yes, this is a series, so be on the lookout in the coming months for the review on the 2nd book of The Safe Lands.

Happy Reading!
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About the Author:
Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including By Darkness Hid, Replication, The New Recruit, and Captives. She's a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. She loves teaching about writing. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer.
Visit her online at, where adventure comes to life.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.