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Review~ Outcasts by Jill Williamson

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

BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW~ LORY KAUFMAN, THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE

The Bronze and the Brimstone

BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE

LORY S. KAUFMAN

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time-Travel

Series:The Verona Trilogy #2

Source: Received for an honest review from  the author/publicist.

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936558084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558087

ABOUT THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE(from the publisher)

What could go wrong in the 14th-century for three time-traveling teens? How about – EVERYTHING!

Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention of the rich and powerful.

But standing out can get you into unexpected and dangerous situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move.

Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disastrous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Guilietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens.

Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone.

Do they have a future in this past?

ABOUT LORY KAUFMANLorys-pic-for-Bronze-color-2-300x187-1

“I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society’s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. History Camp stories are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter.” -Lory Kaufman

On the artistic side of Lory’s career, he’s written, acted and directed children’s theatre and musical theatre. He enjoys art, especially sculpture. He loves science fiction and historical fiction and he has been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America. All this shows through when you read his work. Lory has three grown children and works and lives in Kingston, Canada.

To find out more about Lory visit www.lorykaufman.com

MY THOUGHTS:

THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE by Lori S. Kaufman is an interesting Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time Travel/Young Adult. Book #2 of “The Verona Trilogy”,but can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearing characters and a few new ones. See,”The Lens and the Looker”. Three teens are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy,from the 24th century. What a culture shock for these teens. Follow, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln,as their journey continues through 14th- century Italy. With danger,a blossoming love interest,a marriage offer, a fast spreading illness,what could go wrong? Plenty and everything….An interesting tale of time-travel,history,a roller coaster of a ride,twists and turns for these teens. In interesting plot with engaging and believable characters. If you enjoy travel,post dystopian,14th century Itlay, you will enjoy this interesting and exciting title. Received for an honest review from the author/publicist.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY:  AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

 

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