Wednesday, January 8, 2014

GIVEAWAY and a Review on Outcast by Jill Williamson...

About the Book:
Author: Jill Williamson
Series: The Safe Lands
Book Two: Outcast
Pages:416 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Dystopian/ YA/ Christian
Age Range: Mature 14+

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.

About the Author
Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including By Darkness Hid, Replication, The New Recruit, and Captives. She's a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. She loves teaching about writing. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at, where adventure comes to life.
My Review...
Ever since I read Replication, I have been a fan of Jill Williamson’s tales. She has the ability of writing a great cast of characters set in a unique, yet fun world. What I love about her most is her ability to write “real” life like characters. Her characters are never one dimensional, their layered and I love getting to know them.

Outcast is book two of her new series, The Safe Lands. It starts off where book one ended, so I highly recommend reading it in order. If you don’t, you’ll be lost.

I liked book two more than book one, but I’m still not a huge fan of her Safe Land series. I don’t mean this in a negative way. There is a lot I appreciate in her dystopian tale; such as her characters Shaylinn and Omar and her fresh story theme on this genre. I just don’t care for this genre and I know that’s why I’m slightly disappointed with it compared to her other tales.

The Safe Lands series hold a lot of issues that our youth struggles with in today’s society on morals. Though Jill Williamson does a magnificent job on writing about these mature and ugly topics, I would still recommend this series for mature 14+ readers ONLY. With that said it’s a great tale that makes you think hard on what you would do in a world that claims to give you anything, yet holds no hope or recognition of God. I recommend giving this dystopian series a try, yet a forewarning on the mature content.

(I received an ARC of Outcasts from the publisher and the author; however, it does not influence my review. The opinions in my review are entirely my own.)

My review on Book One Captives

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  1. Thanks for the review, Ryan! I'm glad your site is functioning again. :-)

    1. My pleasure, Jill. And thank YOU! :-) I'm happy my site is functioning again too.

  2. Ack! I have yet to read Captives! I just wanted to drop by and say your blog is beautiful! But don't enter me into the contest, though. Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Jennette. :-) That's very kind of you. Be sure to read Captives soon. ;-)

  3. I'm not really into dystopian either, but for me, it's the characters that have won me over in the "Safe Lands" series. As much as I love, say, Jill Williamson's medieval fantasy trilogy, her writing has really improved --I'm thinking of how she incorporates and juxtaposes different moralities with Christian values. It's stronger, more meshed into the writing.

    My favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 2:11-13:

    Here is a trustworthy saying:

    If we died with him,
    we will also live with him;
    if we endure,
    we will also reign with him.
    If we disown him,
    he will also disown us;
    if we are faithless,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot disown himself.

    I think it's because it feels like it belongs in Narnia or something. =)

    1. I agree Jennifer. Jill Williamson's writing has grown even greater. She is a talented writer and I always enjoy her characters.

      That is a beautiful Bible verse! Thank you for sharing and entering the giveaway.

  4. I was intrigued with Captives, and am curious about Outcasts. I definitely want to read it in the near future. Nice review, Ryan. :) It's always a pleasure to read your stuff. ^_^

    1. Thanks, Nichole. :-) It's always a pleasure seeing you and I love reading your post. Would you like to be entered into the giveaway? That way you might be able to read Outcasts in the very near future. ;-)

  5. Nice Outcasts review. You have a really nice looking blog site. The graphics are great. I enjoy Mrs. Williamson's books too; probably her Darkness series the most. Outcasts is a good retelling of the story of Daniel in the Old Testament.


    1. Thanks for the kind words Timothy. Yes, I like the Christian twist on Daniel in her Safe Land series. Pretty neat!
      Thanks for stopping by my blog. :-)

  6. I love dystopian books and thought Outcasts was a great one. :) Enjoyed reading your review. :)

    1. Thanks Melanie. :-) I'm glad you enjoyed my review and Outcast!