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 Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back.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?
Congratulations to Jill Williamson on the kickoff of another great series! Captives delivers an intriguing dystopian tale contrasting a society called the “Safe Lands” where residents indulge in every selfish desire and pleasure to those living as “outsiders” who maintain family ties and follow God. These two groups collide when the outsiders are betrayed by one of their own, kidnapped and taken to the Safe Lands to bear children because they are free of a plague that has infected all Safe Land residents.
So gripping I couldn’t put it down and can’t wait for the next book to get here! The characters are relatable and demonstrate many of the flaws we all struggle with, enriching and strengthening the overall storyline. I loved how both genders struggled with temptations and demonstrated how making the right decision is a choice, even when the flesh wants to do something else.
The only caution I have is there are several mature issues dealt with in the storyline, which make it a powerful story, but not something for younger teens. The issues include, forced surrogacy, substance abuse, pre-marital sex and some violence. All these issues are handled well and backed up with solid Christian values, but parents may want to have some discussions with their teen readers. Questions at the back of the book are provided and make for great discussion starters.