“Captives” by Jill Williamson

Well I can officially chalk another one up to my 10 year-old son… And it really shouldn’t surprise me.

When I pulled the book out of the package, he said he didn’t think it was a good book for us.

And he was/is 100% right.

Not that it’s a bad book. It’s just not our taste – not at all.

The writing isn’t bad… a bit disjointed and lacking a certain flow that writers typically achieve as they become more seasoned but – all in all, not bad.

Personally, I don’t feel this should be marketed to teens. That’s most likely my biggest problem with the book. Yes, Mason is 17 but he is not 17 like a teen today would be. Granted most teens could do with a bit of growing up but I suppose my point is that we don’t live in a world anything like the one here so it’s not a very good example for most teens today.

Also, a chunk of the secondary characters are about as far from 17 as you can get.

I think my other problem is that this fits squarely into the dystopian fad that is so popular today and, while I am glad to see Christian writers getting into the popular markets, I have moved so far past that particular genre myself, I just can’t seem to get into it like I once could.

So please, don’t take my opinion as your only source of info.

3 Stars

Here is a little blurb about the book from Zondervan:

One choice could destroy them all.

When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many—including his fiancée, Jem—taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls.

Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

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Click HERE for the author’s website.

Decide for yourself if it’s a story for you.




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