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Rebels (The Safe Lands)

Rebels (The Safe Lands) [Kindle Edition]

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1633 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310735777
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Blink (26 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Jill was raised in rural Alaska. Alone with her thoughts and the moose, daydreaming was a favorite pastime. As was reading.
She always loved reading. She started out with Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Little House on the Prairie, the Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia. She loves just about every genre out there, but her all time favorites were fantasy and suspense.

Jill met Brad in college and they married after graduation. Her dreams of becoming a fashion designer dragged the couple to New York City for one year. After that, Brad's dreams of directing movies dragged them to Los Angeles. They both worked really hard for people who weren't very nice.

A few years of torture passed.

Brad started volunteering with teens at their Burbank church. They had their first son, Luke, moved to a house, Jill got out of the fashion industry (woo hoo!), and Brad became an ordained minister and full time youth pastor (double woo hoo!). God is good. All the time.

Jill started writing a book. It seemed like a good idea at the time. She didn't have a clue what she was getting into. All she knew for certain was that it was really fun. With two babies at home, it was a neat way to pass the time.

Writing was something Jill never really did before then. Daydreaming and plotting, however, were familiar old friends. So now Jill writes...everywhere. At home, in the car, at church (only notes, I promises!), in line at the grocery store, at the park, while walking, in the shower... (TMI?) and she loves it. She finds creating characters and taking them on a journey an amazing experience. She never knew what it could be like until she met Spencer, Nauja, Martyr, and Achan. Writing was a whole lot of fun. Plus, she couldn't get in trouble for forgetting to add a rosette onto a K-mart costsheet and costing the company a loss of $5,000. (True story...) And she can't get yelled at when the line of evening gowns she shipped via Fed Ex doesn't reach the showroom in New York in time for Market to open. (Was it really her fault the plane got snowed in?)

No. Jill has no bitter memories of the fashion industry at all. (Can we say The Devil Wears Prada, anyone?)

But yes. Writing is something she loves. Writing is something she could do forever, if God allows it. (Please, God? Pretty please?)

May He do with Jill what He wishes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jill Williamson's YA Dystopian Trilogy Comes to a Thrilling Close 13 Sep 2014
By The Artist Librarian - Published on
4 1/2 Stars.

The ending of a trilogy can be a tricky thing. Sure, the first entry is important: It has to set up the story, setting and introduce characters. Then the sequel normally builds on that and usually ends on a cliffhanger or sets the scene for the climax: the final third of the story. This important entry is responsible for wrapping up the plot and giving readers the payoff, the finale, the conclusion. Ideally, the ending meets expectations to a satisfying finish, leaving readers on a high note. Done incorrectly, it can end up being a letdown to what was otherwise a great series. For the most part, Rebels, the finale to Jill Williamson’s Christian YA Dystopian trilogy is the former.

One of the things I always enjoy about Jill Williamson’s books is her world building. Similar to Veronica Roth’s Factions or Suzanne Collins’ Panem, Williamson’s dystopian civilization has eerie connections to our contemporary world. It is easy to picture our society going too far in certain directions to lead us to something similar to the Safe Lands. The technology and fashions are a mix of futuristic and old industrial depending on whether outside the Safe Lands or within. Little idioms and jargon such as “raven” for “handsome,” “femme” for “female,” or “SimTap” (a Bluetooth-like system) makes you feel immersed in a familiar, yet unfamiliar world.

The main action in this book moves like a spy or espionage plot. It culminates with a twist I didn’t foresee and brings a satisfying end to the Safe Lands rebellion. The final three chapters wrap up the stories of the main characters. I would call these semi-satisfying because of course I would have loved more closure or a more finite “happily ever after” to certain relationships. However, if Williamson had done this, I think it could have come off as too contrived, so even though I wish it otherwise, the ending is much more realistic and stronger as is. I look forward to see what Jill Williamson dreams up next.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have done.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 11 Sep 2014
By Jalynn Patterson - Published on
About the Book:

In this third book in the series of fantasy/dystopian novels from award-winning author Jill Williamson, three teens must try to hold on to their values amidst the subjugation and lies of the government.

In this final novel of the Safe Lands series by Jill Williamson, Mason and Omar discover the true meaning of Liberation-a secret the Safe Lands have long kept from their people-but find they are trapped in the low lands with this crucial information. Meanwhile, Levi is forced to turn his attention elsewhere when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and becomes the Safe Land's new queen. His only choice to save her may be to take up the role of undercover vigilante that Omar began, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will that be enough to expose the Safe Land's lies and bring freedom to the people? And will they even want it if it comes?

About the Author:

Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to love books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children. Visit Jill online at

My Review:

After Omar and Mason's public trial, they were sentenced to Liberation. But coming to Liberation, it didn't quite turn out how they expected and it's time for the Safe Lands to know whats going on. Levi devastated by his brothers sentencing but he is more concerned about his wife Jemma. Jemma having been captured during a rescue mission at the herum, is made Queen of the Safe Lands. Levi has vowed that he will get her back no matter what it takes.

Shaylinn is about to pop because she is expecting twins, but they seem to be coming too soon. Mason uses his liberation for the best, by trying to find a cure for the disease that is running rampant in the Safe Lands. But on the quest for a cure he finds something he didn't expect. Levi gets a knock on the door one day and imagine his surprise when it's the Owl. He shows up because he needs to share what he has learned about the government there. They turn to an unlikely allie who will hopefully help them. But can they trust this allie not to turn them in to the enforcers?

Jill Williamson has really got a knack for books and writings such as these. My daughter absolutely loves her to pieces and begs me to get her books to review. She is a big hit! I hope she never stops writing books!

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**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from CSFF.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Safe Lands Series Comes to a Climatic Conclusion 8 Sep 2014
By Katie Garvin - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the first book, Captives, and was completely 'captivated' by the world that Jill Williamson created in front of me. When the adventure continued in Outcasts, the intensity of the plot continued to mount with every page. It ended with a pretty significant cliffhanger and ever since then I've been so curious and anxious to find out how this series ends. Finally! The last book, Rebels, released earlier this month and I've already flown through its pages.

Wow, what an adventure! There are a lot of characters in The Safe Lands series --- starting with the three main characters, brothers Levi, Mason, and Omar --- and each one of them had their own little suspenseful adventure going on throughout the book. Surprisingly, Jill Williamson was able to weave them all together so seamlessly, I never felt confused or lost amid all the different events going on in different character's lives.

While this book is marketed as a young adult novel, I personally feel that the many sexually suggestive aspects of the book makes it for an older audience. And not necessarily only for adults --- things are only eluded to and never outright said or explained --- but definitely not appropriate for preteens or young teens. Again, this is just my personal opinion, but know that sexual undertones are sprinkled through the book.

Throughout the series, the mystery of 'Liberation' has always been looming --- and much to my surprise and delight, the mystery is finally uncovered. I'm not sure what I had guessed Liberation might be, but I wasn't expecting what Mason and Omar discovered.

Williamson created such a unique-- but realistic -- dystopian worth in the Safe Lands series and writes in such a way as to completely submerge her readers into the moment. And while there were hero's and heroine's, none of them are perfect. I loved how the author kept it so realistic in this regard. The characters experience heartache, temptation, lust, addiction, fear, and shame, just like anyone would if they were thrust into this world. Yet, at the end of it all, we see the Lord bring characters like Omar from the depth's of despair to walking on the clouds of promise.

The whole series brings such a strong feeling of hope and redemption, I think whoever reads this series will take away something special. I highly recommend the whole series!

I reviewed this book for the author. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done. - See more at:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action ending to this teen futuristic adventure 1 Sep 2014
By Harold Wolf - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
TEENS will again find the lives of Jill Williamson’s Safe Lands rebels a gripping read. It is year 2088, and remnants of the Glenrock community yet fight for freedom in a walled city where rebellion and turning age 40 results in “liberation,” whatever that is (in this final of the trilogy you do find out.) The city leaders secretly force surrogate birth and drug use since reproduction capability seems to have ended in the city due to thin disease. The good guys live underground and continue a tech and gorilla-type assaults to proclaim truth to the masses living on nothing but pleasure seeking. However, in opening pages, some Glenrock leaders have been condemned to liberation.

It’s not my personal favorite type of story, preferring historical fiction to Dystopian/Sci-Fi. But I have some family teenage members who borrowed my copies of books 1 & 2 and are not-so-patiently waiting for the finale. They’ll not be disappointed. The trilogy ends with as much action as the first book. An abundance of characters and nearly all of them have their own satisfying, although perhaps not expected, ending.
I strongly recommend reading the full trilogy in book order.

Jill Williamson has become a seasoned author with this type of YA fiction. That’s only reasonable after she won Christy awards for both her first 2 stories in her earlier series “The Blood of Kings.” She comes highly recommended as an author who can get teens to read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book :) Sad the series is over :( 17 Sep 2014
By Lisa - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I was halfway through this book and I remember thinking, "there's no way she's going to be able to wrap up this series in the last half of this book." Of course, I knew she would do it somehow, I just didn't know how. And now I do, but I'm not telling. :p

I like for stories to take me on a ride where I'm along for the adventure. Give me something believable, take me somewhere I don't expect to go. And that's just what Jill Williamson has done with Rebels, the finale of her Safe Lands series.

We finally find out about Liberation, and the plague, and a host of other surprises. While I know many were dissatisfied with the ending of The Hunger Games trilogy (although I don't think it could have ended any other way), I don't think anyone will be disappointed with the ending of The Safe Lands trilogy. Except for being disappointed that it's over. :(

Rebels is well-rounded, complete, and contains a few more surprises. People that have enjoyed hanging out with Levi, Mason, and Omar will enjoy this read. And perhaps lose some sleep in the process because they can't put the book down.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the author. This is my honest review.
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