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.
Finally, the citizens of Safelands discover the truth about “Liberation” and it is not pretty. Omar and Mason have been sent to the Lowlands to a task prison where they are reunited with other members of their family who they thought had died. The rebellion is active and now the captives from Glenn Rock are closer than ever to escaping.
Rebels ties up a lot of loose ends for fans. Omar finds redemption and proves he can come through for his family, including Shay who is pregnant with twins. What I love about Shay is even though she loves Omar, she expects him to demonstrate he’s changed with his actions and to follow through on his promises. He’s forgiven but he must put his words into behaviors over the long haul. Jemma is a great model for forgiveness as she rejects bitterness when mistreated by several women and embraces love instead. Multiple moral messages throughout the series will speak to youth but remember my earlier caution that the subject matter is for more mature teens.
Not too many surprises in this installment but a great wrap up to the series, although I do wonder if there will be a spin off?