Title: Outcasts

Series: The Safe Lands Book 2

Author: Jill Williamson

Website: http://www.jillwilliamson.com/the-safe-lands/

Publisher: Blink

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

ISBN-10: 0310724244

ISBN-13: 978-0310724247

Genre: YA Dystopian/Spiritual

Source: Received for an honest review.

Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:

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.

My Thoughts:

Fantastic dystopian, coming-of-age, political Christian thriller! Who knew you could combine all that in one series? I have found a new, fascinating, and stimulating author and I just wish I had more time to hunt down and devour the rest of her books. I may have just found my summer project!

Assuming you have read the first one, this ones falls right in line and continues with the multitude of storylines, and character evolutions that began in Book 1: Captives. If you haven’t read Captives, go find it and read it first. It’s a must.

From the beginning, I loved that the focus was not just on one of the brothers, but on all three: Levi, Mason, and Omar, and on their respective relationships, with their other halves, with their friends, with each other, and ultimately with God. Almost, if not every possible teenage issue is discussed and dealt with on a personal level with at least one of the characters; teenage pregnancy, self-esteem, drugs, peer pressure, sibling rivalry, and above all, doubting God, and your relationship with him and how it affects your relationship with others.

Impressively, not only does Williamson’s narrative confront these personal conflicts, she takes it to a whole other level confronting issues on a societal level, as well. She mainly focuses on the downfall of the constant pursuit of “feeling good” despite the repercussions, but there are elements of questioning societal structures and how “outsiders” are dealt with, and ultimately makes the reader question just how far a government could go to maintain itself.

This book would provide for quite a lot of discussion material for a young adult group/youth group setting, especially paired with a standard bible study. I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys these types of books, or to anyone who is a young adult or who deals with youth on a regular basis.

Rating: 4.5

HEAT Rating: Mild

Reviewed By: Daysie W.

Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More