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Outcasts by Jill Williamson


Uncovering the truth could cost them their lives.


In this sequel to Captives, the former residents of Glenrock are still in captivity in the Safe Lands. In a place that tells you to “Find pleasure in life,” Mason and his brothers can only find trouble. And as they try to plan a way to reunite their people and escape, sickness, temptations, wary Safelanders, and even love all threaten to distract them from their mission. Who can they trust? And will they ever make it out alive?

My Thoughts:

I can’t say much without spoiling Captives, the first book in the trilogy, but I can say this is a page-turner. It took me about five chapters to really get into the rhythm of the story, but after that point I was hooked. There is always something going on in the story, and the alternate points of view let you see inside the heads of characters who are all experiencing very different trials. As with the first book in the series, Jill Williamson is not afraid to let drastic things happen in this book. I love that. At times, I would try to convince myself that surely [insert big plot twist here] wouldn’t happen, because that would be too irreversible, but then it would happen and I’d be left with my mouth open in shock. Also, the story world is fantastic. There are so many details and unique elements that make the Safe Lands a fascinating place to read about. I recommend this book for older teens because of a few gritty elements, but there is no language and all of the more mature subjects are handled well.

In Conclusion:

A lot happens in this book, and by the time I reached the last page, I was frustrated I’d have to wait several months for the third book in the trilogy. What a cliffhanger! I don’t read a lot of sci-fi/dystopia, but this series has me fascinated, and I can’t wait for Rebels, the conclusion to the story.

From the Back Cover:

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.

Author Bio:

Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including the Blood of Kings trilogy, Replication, the Mission League series, and the Safe Lands trilogy. She lives in Oregon with her husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Visit her online at, where adventure comes to life.

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