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Book Review: Captives {Giveaway}

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Title: Captives (The Safe Lands, book 1 of 3)
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Author: Jill Williamson
Genre: YA Dystopian

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 Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.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

About Jill:
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.

My Thoughts:
            Jill Williamson is masterful at creating new worlds, and this book was no different. It was almost scary how possible the dystopian world was. This might have been its greatest downfall.  I loved the variety of characters in the story. They were very real. There were characters that conformed to the wrong doings of the city. There were also characters that stood for the right things. I felt like there was an overall good balance of right vs. wrong. I especially loved the distinctive dialogue. Each character owned their dialogue and I appreciated that very much. In the beginning, I had a hard time keeping track of characters, but after a few chapters that was no longer a problem. Now, the only problem I have is that I have to wait until the next book in this series comes out to find out what happens to Mason (my favorite : )

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  1. Oh, so want to win this book! :D

  2. I'm not in (home)school anymore (graduated in 2011), but I had to read a few books, and I quite enjoyed them! Here are just some of the ones that I had to read, and that I enjoyed: Swiss Family Robinson, The Hiding Place, Holes, Carry on Mr. Bowditch, The Bronze Bow.

  3. Ah, I really want to win this book as well.
    Some of my favorite books that I've read in school would be The Giver, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Separate Peace. I also read The Chocolate War, which.... Wow. It was a fascinating story, and really well-written, but because of its dark nature (yes, even I thought it was dark), I wouldn't say I loved it.

  4. Thanks for the review! Mason is my favorite too. :-)

  5. Am I the only one who liked Levi the most? lol! Don't get me wrong, I like Mason too but he wasn't my favorite.

    1. I think you are, haha... well, besides Jemma. ;)

  6. Robin Hood. It was actually really funny! :D
    Looks like a cool book! :)

  7. Yes, the agony of waiting for the next book begins!

  8. Echo Faye. :)

    And I love that you wrote Jill Williamson is the author "of all things weird." That made me laugh.

  9. I would have to say City of Ember, which was a long time ago, but it's the only good book I can remember that I read for school.

  10. Jemma was my favorite -- kept wondering how I would do as a captive -- thanks for the good review!

    My favorite book was Anne of Geen Gables.


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