Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Book Review of Outcasts by Jill Williamson

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Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives.

Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined ... and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason's brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason's younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante.

Soon all three brothers are being watched closely---and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.

Series: The Safe Lands (Book 2)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Blink (January 7, 2014)
Page Count: 416 pages

What I liked: I find that most of the time I enjoy sequels of a series. It's when the tensions start picking up and things start getting good. We know the characters and have more to come yet. This book definitely does that. 

The stakes are getting higher in the Safelands and sorry, people, it ends in a cliffhanger. The ending twist with the bad guy is really cool. Mason is definitely my favorite character. He is smart and quirky and I can't help relating to him. We both use big vocabularies other people often have trouble understanding. I enjoyed the romance between him and Ciddah. They have good banter and liking someone who doesn't share your core beliefs is a common struggle I feel is overlooked sometimes in Christian literature. 

I also enjoyed Omar's point of view with his desire to become a superhero. Everyone loves superheroes. ;) The theme about being pure in a fallen land still exists and I think many Christians can relate to this in today's age.

What I didn't like: I wasn't that crazy about Levi's point of view. His point of view was essential for the story yes, but I couldn't personally relate to him. He would get on my nerves if I knew him. I really relate to Mason there. People who are more hard and have a strong temper don't really sit well with me so sometimes I wanted to skip his parts. 

Content Cautions: There is some innuendo about intimate acts, but it's subtle. There is drug use and alcohol with Omar. I'd give this book a PG-13 rating probably, because of the more mature elements. 

I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next one of the series. ^ ^ This is my favorite of Jill Williamson's so far! 

About the Author:
Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including the Blood of Kings trilogy, Replication, the Mission League series, and the Safe Lands trilogy. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two children and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at her blog, where adventure comes to life.
You can find her on her website, FacebookTwitterPinterest and Goodreads.

Other books by Jill I've reviewed:
Blood of Kings Book 3: From Darkness WonA Book Review of Replication by Jill Williamson
A Book Review of Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into A Published Novel

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