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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Captives by Jill Williamson

Recently I requested Captives by Jill Williamson from BookLook Bloggers. Well the book didn't show up, so I moved on and requested a different book. And then, what do you know, Captives arrives on my doorstep. I was really excited and finally had a chance to crack it open this week. I finished it yesterday morning and it was fantastic. 

Captives is set in the dystopian future where the water became contaminated with the "thin plague". The only known safe water supply is in the western American mountains (probably the Rockies, but that was never specified). A city was built around this water supply known as the Safe Lands. The residents of the Safe Lands were safe from the plague, that is until they began leading lives of debauchery. The plague had become bloodborn by that time and it began to spread among the cities residents. 

When the Safe Lands residents refused to change their way of living, several different groups of residents decided to leave the city and build villages of their own. One of these villages is Glenrock, found by Elias. Elias had three sons and the oldest, Justin, had three sons - Levi, Mason and Omar. Neither Mason nor Omar fit well into the village that focuses on hunting. Mason is more interested in medicine (a woman's task) and Omar is more interested in his art. This discontent leads to major trouble for everyone. 

The book is a wonderful read. It is fast paced and exciting. The characters are believable. They have true strengths and true weaknesses that make different parts of their lives easier and harder. There development as individuals is handled well as they all adapt and change throughout the story. However, there were a lot of different characters, each with their own story line that tied into the bigger plot. The perspective of the story was constantly changing, but you never had the feeling that something was happening that you didn't know about. 

While the Safe Lands is a world all its own (think the Capital in The Hunger Games) it is explained well and I never had questions about what was going on or why citizens were taking weird actions. There was lots of interesting ideas about what a future world might look like that were easily based in current times. This included some of the jargon of the city, though there were a few times I was left scratching my head until something was given a definition. 

Captives is something of a modern day Daniel story and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book of the series, Outcasts. I should have a review of it soon, as I plan to start reading it today. 

I received a copy of the book Captives by Jill Williamson from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is truly how I felt about this book. I really think that you will enjoy it too!

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