Jill Williamson

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?

Full disclosure: I skipped the second book in this series. I know, I know- that's pretty unforgivable when you're reading the book for a review, but things sort of worked out that way and though I would have liked to read the second book, I ended up reading Rebels instead of Outcasts.

The thing is, though I have liked this series, I wouldn't call it an absolute favorite. I do appreciate that it is in many ways very different from a lot of popular dystopian novels (especially being in the fact that it has a large cast and is NOT told in first person) but one flaw it does have in common with the others I've read is that it's difficult for me to really feel for the characters. I read because I'm interested in the plot, but I don't really have an emotional attachment to the characters (although, if I had to pick a favorite in the Safe Lands series, it would definitely be Mason) Also, this book deals with a lot of tough issues- teen pregnancy and drug abuse in addition to a flawed and dangerous government. I'm not going to lie- it was sometimes I bit much for me.

Still, if one is into this genre, this is a good Christian alternative to the other YA novels out there.

Rating: 7

I received this book for free from in exchange for my honest review.


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