Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Book Review of Rebels by Jill Williamson

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The remnant of Glenrock has been scattered. But they are not beaten.

The Safe Lands have long kept the true meaning of Liberation secret from their people. But after being sentenced to Liberation themselves, Mason and Omar soon discover the truth.

Levi watched his brothers’ public sentencing and tries to hold out hope they are still alive, He is forced to focus his attention elsewhere, however, when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and made the Safe Lands’ newest Queen. His only choice to save Jemma may be to take up Omar’s old role of undercover vigilante, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will Levi’s new role be enough?

Meanwhile, Jemma’s sister, Shaylinn, is ready to give birth to the “Safe Lands’” children … but not even Ciddah is sure they can be delivered safely in the midst of a rebellion. And Mason must face the fact Omar’s illness could be fatal.

If they can all unite their efforts, together they may be able to expose the Safe Lands’ lies to the people. But if they fail, they will all surely die.

Series: The Safe Lands (Book 3)
Genre: Dystopian
Publisher: Blink (August 26, 2014)
Page Count: 400

What I liked: Most of this book is major spoilers so I'll try to keep this spoiler-free as possible. Liberation is the main focus of this book and definitely not what I expected it to be. It's presumed to be death, but I think it's worse in a lot of ways. Like the other books in the series this one has a bit of a Hunger Games feel what with strange senses of fashion and the Effie-like character Luella Flynn. 

There are lots of good twists that throw you for a loop and Shaylinn's birth complications really had me worried and flipping the pages. The whole plot with babies I've found very intriguing. I really like how the author describes them very well. I've noticed this in some of her other books. She's very good at describing children. And the rebels' plan to overthrow the government I thought was very tactful and unique from other dystopians I've read.

I like how the characters developed in this book. Levi became less of a jerk, but Jemma and Mason are still my favorite. There is a lot of cute banter between them, but probably my favorite line of the book was, "Worry doesn't take away the dread of tomorrow, but it does take away today's strength." I tend to be a worrier and this really impacted me personally. 

What I didn't like: Unfortunately I felt like some of the writing slacked in this book. I found several typos and got a rushed feeling like the author just wish she were finished (I've seen this in other books too.). Near the end the POV character gets lost. I forgot he was there, because there were no reactions to him about the detrimental information being revealed in the scene. 

The ending of this series was satisfying, but I *SPOILERS* wish the author had a cure be found perhaps in an epilogue and that she cemented if Mason and Ciddah were going to be together. I also would not have chosen Luella Flynn for the new Task Director general. I would've chosen Ruston. Effie for president wouldn't be the wisest thing in my eyes lol. *END OF SPOILERS*

Content Cautions: I'd give this book about a PG-13 rating. There is some violence in this book, but nothing too gory. There are alcohol and drug references and some sexual implications. One character tries to commit suicide and gets involved in prostitution, but the subject is handled well.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a good closure for the series. Four stars!

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.

Check out the reviews for the first and second book of the series!

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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