Monday, May 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Captives {Book Review + Giveaway!}

Captives by Jill Williamson

Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

{Giveaway after the review}

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Amazon Summary:
One choice could destroy them all.

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, and many—including his fiancée, Jem—taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls. Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?
Book Trailer (Best. Book trailer. Ever.):



My Thoughts:

This book rocks.
Seriously, I loved it.  I'm not sure what else to say!  The future lifestyle, the beliefs of Safe Lands nationals and of outsiders, the technology, the customs... it was all so believable, so realistic, so awesome.  I'm inclined to agree with other reviewers who said it's a little scary.  If a plague like the Great Pandemic were to hit in real life, this is a future I could see forming in my lifetime!  (Granted, I'd be as old as the grandfather Papa Eli by the time it reached the point where this book opens.)  I honestly couldn't put Captives down.

The characters were great.  I understood and connect with Omar, even though he's the one who betrayed his village.  I had trouble clicking with Levi and Mason, but once I did I came to respect Levi.  Mason is my absolute favorite character.  I love him, his thought process, his personality - man, he was great.  As for the supporting characters, I couldn't stand Father, but you're not really supposed to like him.  Papa Eli was a wonderful grandfather and leader.  Shaylinn, a young teenage girl from Mason's village, was sooo sweet and my favorite girl from the village.  Ciddah, a Safe Lands national, was amazing.  I can't wait to see more of her.  The rebels that Levi connected with were not cliche at all - everyone in the book was their own person.  Red and Belbeline (red-headed women who like men and clubs and have... unique style) were a little too similar in my opinion, but most of the time they're still pretty easy to distinguish.

A good dystopian has to have some new technology and culture.  ColorCasts, ChatterBoxes, SimArt, PVs - I loved it.  Totally believable and really, really cool.  As for the culture, I love how the Safe Lands has its own words - femme for girl, glossy as 'cool' or 'in' sort of thing, mimic for fan (as in I'm a fan of Jill Williamson), etc.  The television shows, medical information, clubs, and architecture all added to the creative and plausible future world.

This book does have some mature themes, so it's not for kids.  However, for Jill's target audience of older teens, it's perfect.  Just perfect.  I can't find anything wrong with this book and recommend it to everyone 15 and older.  Five stars!

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

And now for the giveaway!  One lucky winner (US addresses only, sorry) will receive a copy of Captives from Jill's publicist.

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Check in at the other tour stops!  Many of them are also running giveaways, so you can increase your chances of winning ;)



24 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this book too. I didn't like Ciddah but I LOVE Mason. Maybe that is why I don't Ciddah...hmmm? Great review!

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    1. Thanks! I didn't like Ciddah at first either but did a complete 180. Honestly, the first few chapters, I thought Shaylinn and Mason would end up together. I liked that idea, brief as it was. When Mason met Ciddah, I was mad, going all "What about Shaylinn?!". By the middle of the book, though, I realized that Shaylinn and Mason had their own glorious futures to live out.

      I loved Mason from the beginning, but I guess we all like different people in real life, so the same would be true of books.

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    2. LOL! Poor Ciddah. She does have some serious issues, though.

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  2. Great review! I connected with Omar too, and though he frustrated me, he ended up becoming one of my favorite characters, though I think Shaylinn is my favorite. Mason is such a smart character, and I couldn't help but appreciate his common sense (refreshing!). And Levi was just so likeable with his loyalty, and his and Jemma's relationship was just so cheesy sweet! Did that make sense? lol

    And I agree that the book trailer is pretty cool! I think book trailers are getting better and better!

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    1. Oh yes, Levi and Jemma were definitely cheesy! The good kind of cheesy that romcom fans pay money to see in theaters. ^.^ The Princess Bride - seriously, how cute was that?!

      I'm so, so very picky with book trailers. No joke, I usually avoid them like the plague. They never seem to hold a candle to the movie trailers that inspired book trailers in the first place. But this one... well, I think the whole Safe Lands radio or whatever it was at the beginning is the main reason I liked it. Really helps throw you into the story world.

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    2. I was thrilled with that trailer. It was made by Jonathan Michael. Sadly, he works for another publisher now. I miss him!

      I'm so glad some of you like Omar! :-)

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  3. There were some aspects of The Safe Lands that made me glad I was safe in my home. lol

    Oh, I love that trailer! :D

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    1. Oh yes, I definitely agree! The Safe Lands would never be a place for me...

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  4. Jill, I read the prologue and first chapter online, and I really want to read the rest of it!

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    1. Hi Cari! If you follow the links at the end of the post, almost all of the blogs in the tour are offering a giveaway. So, if you live in the US and visit all the blog tour stops, the odds of winning your own copy would definitely be in your favor. ;)

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  5. Yes, it's great for the older teens audience! Mason was definitely my favorite, but I think I'm prejudiced since he reminds me of a character from my novel. He was just... smart, when everyone else was being brash. :P

    Omar... I liked him sometimes, and sometimes I didn't. I have mixed feelings about him, but I know he can be better, and I hope to see it in the second book. :)

    Good review!!!

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    1. Bethany, I think that's the reason I liked Mason - not that I have a similar character, but because he was the smart one. And I certainly agree with you on Omar. Thanks!

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  6. I loved Mason too! And definitely older teens would be the best target audience :)

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    1. Yeah, I let my thirteen-year-old brother (a Hunger Games and Matched fan like myself ^.^) read it and he loved it, but my eleven-year-old brother isn't ready yet.

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  7. That was a pretty sweet book trailer. :)

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    1. I love trailers that aren't *just* trailers, or that could be mistaken for movie trailers. The Finley and Flynn newscast is what hooked me with this one :)

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  8. Thanks for spotlighting this! One way or another, I've got to get my hands on this book. And the website for it is completely wizard...

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    1. Enter all the tour stops' giveaways and your chances of winning increase mightily ;) And isn't it awesome?! That website was the first time I heard of the book and I just loved it!

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  9. I've seen Mrs. Williamson's name pop up so many times in YA fic. After visiting her website and seeing all the different genres she's written in ... I seriously need to just go and buy one of her books already!(Especially the "Darkness Hid" trilogy since I love fantasy) Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! :) If I remember correctly, Jill has free podcasts of her Darkness series on her website. I haven't had time to listen to them yet, but if you're a fan of audiobooks and radio drama like I am, you might want to look into that.

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  10. I haven't read any of Jill's books, but I'll be heading out to get some of her titles. This looks amazing. I wonder how she manages to create such strong characters that people identify with.

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    1. I love Jill's writing! I haven't read her Darkness fantasy series or The New Recruit, but I have Replication (won it in a giveaway - a personally signed copy!) and Captives and I love them both.

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  11. Good review, Emily Rachelle!

    I think you would like her Blood of Kings trilogy. If I remember correctly, the first two either won the Christy award or were nominated for it -- and they were well-deserved!

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    1. Thanks Carol! I've heard good things about that series; just haven't gotten around to reading it yet... Maybe this summer I'll download those free podcasts she has.

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