15 November 2014

Rebels by Jill Williamson

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The remnant of Glenrock has been scattered. But they are not beaten.

The Safe Lands have long kept the true meaning of Liberation secret from their people. But after being sentenced to Liberation themselves, Mason and Omar soon discover the truth.

Levi watched his brothers’ public sentencing and tries to hold out hope they are still alive. He is forced to focus his attention elsewhere, however, when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and made the Safe Lands’ newest Queen. His only choice to save Jemma may be to take up Omar’s old role of undercover vigilante, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will Levi’s new role be enough?

Meanwhile, Jemma’s sister, Shaylinn, is ready to give birth to the “Safe Lands’” children… but not even Ciddah is sure they can be delivered safely in the midst of a rebellion. And Mason must face the fact Omar’s illness could be fatal.

If they can all unite their efforts, together they may be able to expose the Safe Lands’ lies to the people. But if they fail, they will all surely die.

I need to start by saying that I have not read either of Jill Williamson’s first Safe Lands novels (titled Captives and Outcasts) – and Rebels is the third novel in the series, which I knew prior to reading. But when I started reading it, I hoped it would be one of those series novels I could read and enjoy easily enough without having read the previous ones, even if I didn’t necessarily understand every single reference. However, within the first couple chapters, I figured out this would not be the case after being overwhelmed with characters and lack of backstory and I stopped reading. The Safe Lands novels definitely need to be read in order, so if the synopsis of Rebels peaks your interest, I recommend starting from the beginning. I know I plan to do just that – because even though I didn’t finish it, Rebels seems to be well-written with an intriguing plotline. I think this will be quite an enjoyable series, as long as I start from the beginning.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of Rebels and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

About the Author
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 her website.

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