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Monday, January 20, 2014

Review: Outcasts by Jill Williamson (CSFF Blog Tour)

Outcasts (The Safe Lands #2) by Jill Williamson
Blink / 2014
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:
Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives.

Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined ... and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason's brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason's younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante.

Soon all three brothers are being watched closely---and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.

My rating:
My thoughts:

I read Captives, book one in the Safe Lands series, last year and really enjoyed it! I admit, I did forget some things from book one, so I think that is why it took me a while to get in sync with Outcasts' story/characters. But, once I did, I started to really enjoy the book and, from about the halfway mark on, I didn't want to stop reading!

The characters were very good, but it's difficult to name my one favorite. In Captives, Mason was my favorite (and I loved his character in this book, too!), but Omar may be my favorite from Outcasts...just because of how **possible spoiler** he realized his errors and is now struggling to get things right. **end of possible spoiler**

There were a few things in Outcasts that weren't all that believable to me; but, then again, this book is dystopian/futuristic sci-fi, so that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story. Plus, there were some really cool futuristic gadgets/elements, which I found very neat!

Just a word of caution: like book one, there are some more mature elements to Outcasts, so I think this book is best suited for older teens (and adults!) who enjoy YA dystopian reads. I thought it was a great read and look forward to reading Rebels (book three) when it releases.

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Just a note: Captives (The Safe Lands) is currently $1.99 on Amazon Kindle!! Here is the link: Amazon


  1. Timothy Hicks told me about Jill's cool website -- safelands.com. You need to check it out. Thanks for your thoughts on this book.

  2. Nice review, definitely agree that this series is for older readers. I'd like one of those suits that Omar and Mason used.

  3. Thanks for the review, Melanie! And I agree. I loved Mason in book one, but Omar grew on me. He's trying so hard, but he just doesn't have a gift for making the best choices. I remember wondering about that as I was writing. I wondered how often God looks down on his children and loves them even though they're making bad choices. That's how I feel about Omar. :-)


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