Friday, March 29, 2013

Zondervan Blog Tour: Captives

Author: Jill Williamson

Genre: Future, life, adventure

Series: The Safe Lands

Number in series: 1st

My rating on a 1-10 scale: 8.5 high

Type: Fiction

Number of pages: 382

Time period: Future

Publisher and price: Zondervan, $9.99 (see! You can afford it!)

Passage from book: “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 by enforcers, and many---including his fiancee, Jem--taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Land, a walled city that seems
anything but safe.”

My overall opinion: I enjoyed it even more than I’d hoped to! Previously I read Replication – that was while I was gone for the summer last year, so my blog never got a review, though GoodReads got a brief one. I didn’t love it, but was fascinated by it. But this one? Really good! I’ve read a couple of dystopian series, but this one promises to be my favorite – after all, it’s futuristic, but God is still in it! Indeed, it was very futuristic (2088) but also quite believable – yup, a little scary I’ve gotta admit. I found myself empathizing with the characters, and was quite caught up in the story!
Though I had to put the book down multiple times, and sometimes was forced to go several days without reading, I was always able and eager to pick it up again.

There were also several literature/classic references that I caught, including: Princess Bride quotes and names (what’s not to love?), Anne of Green Gables quotes (so cool!), a reference to Anna and the King of Siam (a book I’ve read). Also, and I don’t know if this was coincidence or not, the woman who redesigns the woman who are in the city is named Tyra. Anyone who’s ever watched “America’s Next Top Model” will recognize that name as belonging to Tyra Banks, host of that show. Anyway, catching references like that always makes me happy.

The only thing that bothered me much/at all about this book was the horrible punctuation throughout. However, I’m 95% sure that this will all be fixed in the final edition – I received an ARC for review. There are also some things that will be better for more mature readers -- learn a little more detail about what in this review. Overall? I’d say anyone who enjoys dystopian and futuristic fiction should definitely give this book a try! And it’s cheap enough to buy too.

**Many thanks to Zondervan for sending me an ARC copy of this book in return for my honest review. I received no other compensation. All opinions and thoughts are my own. I wasn’t required to post a positive review.**


Rosie said...

Glad you liked it, Charity! I can't wait to get my hands on my own copy. :D I love it when the author makes culture references for us.

Jill Williamson said...

Thanks for reviewing the book! I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I LOVE your header. Love.

Charity U said...

Rosie, hope you enjoy it when you read it!! I would certainly recommend it for you. :)

Jill, thanks so much for stopping by! I do quite like this header too -- and no, I didn't make it, a friend did. Looking forward to the next book in this series! :)