Monday, May 27, 2013

Novel Teen Blog Tour and *Book Giveaway*: Captives by Jill Williamson

Captives The Safe Lands
In the village of Glenrock, during the year 2088, life is fairly simple, almost old-fashioned. But the lives of three brothers and their family and friends are about to change. The eldest, Levi, is handsome and a natural leader who is about to be married to his one, true love, Jemma. The middle child, Mason, is practical, smart, and dreams of being a doctor, much to his father's chagrin. And the youngest, Omar, is an artistic, rebellious soul who is restless under his father's constant disapproval, which leads him to make a heart-breaking choice. When those in Glenrock are taken captive and brought to the Safe Lands--a modern, futuristic society enclosed by formidable walls and security--the brothers are torn apart, but their individual journeys just might make it possible to bring those who survived back together again.
With so many dystopian stories flooding the fiction scene, Captives by Jill Williamson stands out with its fresh take on the ancient tale of the Israelites taken captive by the Babylonians. The first part of the book rolled along steadily with character and world building taking the forefront. And what a world! It was colorful, compelling, and jumped straight off the page. The second half though is when I felt the story really pick up speed as the action grew more intense. I was flipping pages to see what would happen next until I suddenly realized I was at the end. 
Captives explores delicate subject matter through the characters facing tough situations and makes one contemplate seriously about the future of our society. Even though the topics are serious, there are still moments in the book that make me smile, especially the Princess Bride quotes interspersed throughout. Which leads me to end this review with a quote--just for fun--from the Princess Bride that I feel will compliment Captives very nicely (though the giant and monsters bit depends on your point of view ;) ).
The Grandson: A book?...Has it got any sports in it?
Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants
monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...
The Grandson: Doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake.
Grandpa: Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you.
Your vote of confidence is overwhelming.

Genre: Dystopian/YA
Ages: 15 and up
Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2013
*I would like to thank the author and publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
To win a free paperback copy of Captives by Jill Williamson,
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The winner will be announced on Friday, May 31st, 2013.
*Giveaway is only valid in the USA.
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  1. thanks for the chance!
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  2. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  3. Definitely a great read! Awesome review!

  4. Thanks for the review! We're reading The Princess Bride right now as a family. Did you know that the author abridged it because he came to realize that when his father had read it to him as a child, he'd left out all the boring parts? I thought that was fun. The movie did a really great job of capturing the book.

    1. Wowo, haha, that is interesting! The Princess Bride has been on my to-be-read list forever. I really need to read it!

      And excited to read Outcasts! Just saw the cover the other day. It's really cool!

  5. I enjoyed Captives, too! I agree that it was a fresh dystopian with an original feel, despite the popularity of the genre now. :)

  6. Sounds like a book my brother might like --he's into scifi, but he's read a couple dystopian novels. Thanks for the chance to win!


  7. Sounds like a great book! I love Dystopian