Captives  -     By: Jill Williamson
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In a dystopian future, most of the population is infected with a plague. The exceptions are those who live outside the Safe Land's city walls. When a mutation in the plague sends city enforcers looking for the uninfected, Levi's village is raided. While the attack leaves many dead, Levi's fiancie is being held captive. Levi launches a war against the city in an attempt to free her before it's too late.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.10 X 4.70 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0310724228
ISBN-13: 9780310724223
Series: Safe Lands

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Publisher's Description

 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 Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.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?

Author Bio

Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to love books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children. Visit Jill online at

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    You will be held captive by this book
    March 27, 2014
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Like the title of this book you too will be held captive by this story.

    I love how the book opens with Daniel 1:1, 3-5 where King Nebuchadnezzer takes all the strong young men from Jerusalem. This sets the stage for you are about to read.

    Although this book is geared for teens I really enjoyed it. I would say if you have a teen in your life who likes the Hunger Games series they would enjoy this book but it's even better because God is part this plot.

    A word of caution. There is talk about forced pregnancy because the Safe Lands are trying to rid themselves of this disease that is going around so they are trying to have babies that are born without being infected. However, there's nothing graphic or detail about how these girls are getting pregnant, I was not offended at all.

    I always recommend reading a book before you allow your child or read it with them so you can have a conversation with him or her about the content and you can voice your thoughts in a healthy way.

    The three brothers in the book were so different and Jill does a wonderful job of giving them each their own voice and personality.

    I think you will enjoy this glimpse into a possible future that isn't so good but we are always looking for the same thing_.hope.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Manila, Philippines
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    My 8year old's Book Summary of Captives
    March 21, 2014
    Manila, Philippines
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I first started reading the book, I was quite confused about the story. There was a girl named Ciddah mentioned in the Prologue. Then as it shifted to the first chapter suddenly the story was about a boy named Mason. Then there was this talk about who's going to marry who. Then Mason's younger brother, Omar, was missing and probably went to the Safe Lands.

    After a couple of weeks of not reading Captives, I went back to reading and actually started to appreciate the story. I like the part that Mason was hired as a Level 2 Medic of the Safe Lands. What made it exciting for me is anticipating the adventures of figuring out the cure of the virus which the oldest person in his tribe Papa Eli, calls the Great Pandemic. Majority of the people who live in the Safe Lands are infected by the Great Pandemic because of its virus which came through the water source of the Safe Lands.

    The people of Glenrock, where Mason and his other friends live, usually when they are in trouble they pray to God. Sometimes in their minds, sometimes they whisper their prayers.

    I love the mystery of the story of this book. If there will be an installment to this book, I will be looking forward to reading that too.
  3. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Looking Forward to Reading More!
    January 30, 2014
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Captives is the first dystopian I have read and it won't be the last!

    In the beginning it took me a little while to get into the story and wrap my mind around what was going on! Once I met the enforcers though everything changes and it took me on an adventure that I wasn't prepared for! The storyline and imagery was one of the most interesting I have read! The descriptions of the Safe Lands enthralled me concerning the jobs, styles, and technology! I was amazed at how the nationals lived, but so heartbroken for the women who lived in the harem (well really all of the nationals)! They are such a broken people underneath the pretty paint!

    Concerning the Glenrock clan, I couldn't put the book down because of them and had to keep reading more to find out what would happen to these precious characters! I really liked how the author wrote from a few different perspectives because she changed them up enough that it gives you a full view of the situation they're in! Plus they all had different personalities that really brought the book together in a unique way (I don't even have a favorite character because I liked all of them except maybe Omar and Mia)!

    One thing I will mention is that there isn't a huge faith factor, but Jill really delivers a great message of real love between a man and woman in how they are to be "exclusive" as well as how God created children and the way they are suppose to come into this world! It was an underlying message that I thought was very powerful, especially when the Safe Land nationals thought both of those concepts were ridiculous!

    If your looking for a novel that not only has a positive message, but brings to life a whole another world then definitely read Captives because it will do all that and more!

    I give this novel a 4.5 out 5 stars!
  4. OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Futuristic dystopian world
    January 10, 2014
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Safe Lands series transports readers to 2088, where much destruction has devastated the earth and many people suffer from a plague. Citizens ensconced within the area known as the Safe Lands cannot bear unaffected offspring. In fact, their reproduction and child-rearing methods are not what we'd call "family friendly." The people there pursue pleasure before being "liberated."

    Their only hope is to bring in outsiders who are uninfected. Brothers Levi, Mason, and Omar each play a major role in the story but are often antagonistic to each other. Schemes, betrayal, kidnapping, murder, and advanced technology add drama. Can those imprisoned be rescued or do they even want to return to their simple, old-fashioned lifestyle?

    Good thing the sequel to Captives just released since author Jill Williamson leaves us majorly hanging at the end of the first book. Look for Outcasts too.
  5. Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Winner From Jill Williamson!
    January 4, 2014
    Christian BookReview Blog
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have recently become a fan of Jill Williamson's young adult books and although Captives is not my favorite of her work, it is definitely an interesting read. The story-world was described vividly and while realistic, it was somewhat unbelievable which is completely expected when reading a futuristic, dysotopian story set in 2088.

    Jill once again does a tremendous job in fleshing out a teenage male protagonist-- this book had three. The storyline jumped between the points of view of Levi, Mason, Omar and some of the captive women. When I finished the book, I felt something was lacking from it and I diagnosed the feeling to the fact that, because of the many points of view, the characters were not allowed to fully develop. Therefore, my relationship with them felt a little stilted. I especially would have liked to learn more about Mason-- and Ciddah. I am confident, however, that I will learn more about the characters in future books of The Safe Lands series.

    The storyline itself had plenty of shocking downhill curves. It began with suspense... and ended in suspense. Jill handles some mature topics such as drug use, fornication, forced surrogacy-- so I would definitely recommend Captives for older and mature teens (as the youngest possible readers) even though the author handles these topics delicately.

    I enjoyed the underlying similarities to Daniel and his friends in pagan Babylon yet with a twist of a highly technological society. The Safe Lands definitely had similarities with today's society as well. I found the "futuristic" slang terms interesting and helpful in integrating me into Captives' story-world.

    Jill has crafted another creative, interesting and suspenseful book. I rate it 4 stars. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment to The Safe Lands series!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Jill Williamson
Located in: John Day
Submitted: February 27, 2013

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. She grew up in Alaska with no electricity, an outhouse, and a lot of mosquitoes. Thankfully it was the land of the midnight sun, and she could stay up and read by the summer daylight that wouldn’t go away. But the winter months left little to do but daydream. Both hobbies set her up to be a writer. Her debut novel, By Darkness Hid, won an EPIC Award, a Christy Award, was a Carol Award finalist, and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel of 2009 by VOYA magazine.

Jill has served alongside her youth pastor husband for the past twelve years and loves working with teenagers, especially to encourage young writers. She gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Last year, my ladies Bible study group completed Beth Moore’s study on the book of Daniel. As we learned about the young royals who were taken from Jerusalem to be inducted into the Babylonian culture, I couldn’t help but imagine how some of the teen guys in our youth group would fare in such a situation. This train of thought sent me brainstorming the story of CAPTIVES. I wanted to write the story of three brothers, Mason, Levi, and Omar, and how each reacted differently to such an experience. Mason’s character was going to parallel Daniel’s. I wanted Levi to be searching for his fiancé and Omar to be the one who totally adapts to the Babylonian-like culture. Our country today has a very Babylonian “me” mentality, and I wanted to explore themes in connection with that. I also feel very strongly about the spread of AIDS and wanted to write about the disease and raise questions without preaching and condemning anyone. All of those thoughts came together to create the idea in CAPTIVES, a story filled with suspense, action, romance, and a race against the clock.

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