October 01, 2014

#Review of Rebels (Safe Lands #3) by Jill Williamson

In this third book in the series of fantasy/dystopian novels from award-winning author Jill Williamson, three teens must try to hold on to their values amidst the subjugation and lies of the government.

In this final novel of the Safe Lands series by Jill Williamson, Mason and Omar discover the true meaning of Liberation-a secret the Safe Lands have long kept from their people-but find they are trapped in the low lands with this crucial information. Meanwhile, Levi is forced to turn his attention elsewhere when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and becomes the Safe Land's new queen. His only choice to save her may be to take up the role of undercover vigilante that Omar began, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will that be enough to expose the Safe Land's lies and bring freedom to the people? And will they even want it if it comes?




About the Author

                             


Biography

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 and two children and a whole lot of deer. Visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.

Reviews

4 1/2 Stars.

The ending of a trilogy can be a tricky thing. Sure, the first entry is important: It has to set up the story, setting and introduce characters. Then the sequel normally builds on that and usually ends on a cliffhanger or sets the scene for the climax: the final third of the story. This important entry is responsible for wrapping up the plot and giving readers the payoff, the finale, the conclusion. Ideally, the ending meets expectations to a satisfying finish, leaving readers on a high note. Done incorrectly, it can end up being a letdown to what was otherwise a great series. For the most part, Rebels, the finale to Jill Williamson’s Christian YA Dystopian trilogy is the former.

One of the things I always enjoy about Jill Williamson’s books is her world building. Similar to Veronica Roth’s Factions or Suzanne Collins’ Panem, Williamson’s dystopian civilization has eerie connections to our contemporary world. It is easy to picture our society going too far in certain directions to lead us to something similar to the Safe Lands. The technology and fashions are a mix of futuristic and old industrial depending on whether outside the Safe Lands or within. Little idioms and jargon such as “raven” for “handsome,” “femme” for “female,” or “SimTap” (a Bluetooth-like system) makes you feel immersed in a familiar, yet unfamiliar world.

The main action in this book moves like a spy or espionage plot. It culminates with a twist I didn’t foresee and brings a satisfying end to the Safe Lands rebellion. The final three chapters wrap up the stories of the main characters. I would call these semi-satisfying because of course I would have loved more closure or a more finite “happily ever after” to certain relationships.

After Omar and Mason's public trial, they were sentenced to Liberation. But coming to Liberation, it didn't quite turn out how they expected and it's time for the Safe Lands to know whats going on. Levi devastated by his brothers sentencing but he is more concerned about his wife Jemma. Jemma having been captured during a rescue mission at the herum, is made Queen of the Safe Lands. Levi has vowed that he will get her back no matter what it takes.



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