If you haven't already, you can check out my review of the first book in this series, Captives. As always, I've tried to keep this review spoiler-free for both books. I'll be back with a fresh series next week!
The Safe Lands, Book 2
By: Jill Williamson
What: The people of Glenrock face cultural challenge without and tension within.
Recommended to those who like: Dystopian, Christian, and have read Book 1. Teens/YA
Mason and the other people from Glenrock are starting to find their way around their new home. But they still haven’t found a way to rescue their children and trust within the group is at an all-time low. Can they survive while keeping their faith in tact? Or will they figure out what liberation means?
This series absolutely has me hooked. Ms. Williams’ writing style brings life to this tale of courage and finding hope in a new land. The “typical” dystopian backdrop was changed a bit, providing for a fresh setting for the story. Furthermore, teens and young adults will find many applications for the story within their lives. The themes of faith are strong throughout without coming across as trite or preachy.
I would highly recommend the series to mature teens and up. Much of the message of the story centers on the dangers of wanton living, so it would be ill suited for younger readers.
Also, kudos to Ms. Williamson for the continuation of Princess Bride quotes. Those made my day.
The Bottom Line: A fresh dystopian story from a Christian perspective, this thoughtful and gripping series would make a good pick for mature teens or young adults.