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: http://www.frommyvanity.com/#sthash.nZ9M4KJn.dpuf