As Mama was choosing from the handful of books that were available for her to review, she asked me if there was a book that interests me. I super love the “No Cape Required” eBook my Papa requested for me from Thomas Nelson, and I am using it to this day during my Devotion time. The Safe Lands Captives by Jill Williamson sounded interesting judging from its book 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 Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.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?
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.
Disclaimer: This book was given to my Mama by Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. Only, I am the one reviewing it because I was the one who read it. 🙂