CSFF Blog Tour Book Review: Captives by Jill Williamson

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 Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.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


How can I call myself a Christian Speculative Fiction lover without ever having read a novel by Jill Williamson? I have no idea, but until this book, it was true! Now Captives has broken my top ten books of 2013, and I read/review over 100 books/year.

In high school, one book we read for American Literature stood out for me more than any other. Brave New World was the one book which made a distinct impression upon me. I found the themes of a twisted Utopian society to be intriguing long before dystopian earned a name and a genre. Now that the genre has hit the height of popularity, this book fits right into it seamlessly. The Christian themes are unobtrusive, and I believe any reader would enjoy this incredibly creative read. Jill Williamson’s creative and clever use of new terms and phrases gave the book a modern, yet futuristic feel.

This book was the kind I wish I could take into the shower with me so that I didn’t have to stop reading it. I’ve never quite yelled at a book so much when people where making bad mistakes. And beware – when you turn the last page, you will want the next book…like yesterday. Not only did I love this book so much, I’m giving you a chance to win a copy, but I already pre-ordered the sequel! Captives is a 5-star read. Most others in the CSFF tour received the book for free in exchange for their review, but I bought my copy and it was money well spent!


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