Review: REBELS / by Jill Williamson

Rebels / Jill Williamson (The Safe Lands, 3)
Blink     ISBN 9780310735779
HS     Grades 9-12     Rating: 5
Pre-publication copy reviewed


Award-winning author Jill Williamson returns with Rebels, the final book in her dystopian series. Three teen brothers – Omar, Levi, and Mason — decide how they will live in a land that is not their own, one where pleasure is valued more than human life, a land that makes it difficult to stay true to their faith in light of so many temptations.

In Rebels, after freeing the women and children from the Safe Lands, Levi and his wife Jemma lead their group underground to join the rebels Levi befriended. The new residents aren’t welcome among the rebels, and tensions escalate especially since Ciddah (a Safe Lander) is among Levi’s group. But there are others still to rescue. During the next rescue attempt, Levi is betrayed and Jemma is captured.

Meanwhile, Omar and Mason are imprisoned and sentenced to immediate liberation. But what is liberation? A firing squad — or something more sinister? Can they be saved from their fate? Who are the Ancients? What happens when the rebels join forces to overthrow the Safe Lands Guild?

Jill Williamson creates a plausible futuristic world where believers are endangered, and most people live as if personal pleasure is the only thing of value. Unfortunately, they are seeing the ramifications of that choice. At the heart of this book is the theme of forgiveness, both giving and receiving it, and the difficulty of accepting its reality in one’s life. There are plenty of plot twists in this final book, even though the storylines are completed.

Fans of teen dystopian fiction should like this series. Discussion questions make this a good selection for teen book clubs.

Recommended for teen collections in school and public libraries.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.


3 responses to “Review: REBELS / by Jill Williamson

  1. Pingback: CSFF TOUR: Rebels / by Jill Williamson | Worthy 2 Read

  2. Jill Williamson

    Thanks for reading and reviewing the book, Carol! 🙂


  3. You’re welcome!

    I think I’ve discovered that I like other genres better than dystopian — or maybe I’ve too many of them lately. Time to read a different genre this week!



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