Monday, February 3, 2014

Outcasts- Jill Williamson

17679367My Rating: 4 Stars

Description: The remnant from Glenrock is now living as rebels within the Safe Lands, looking for a way to find purpose in their lives. When a young rebel is murdered and his death points to a rebel leader, it's hard to know who to trust.

Levi tries to organize a plan to free the children and fights for respect as elder over those who'd rather go their own way. Omar tries to change his image of a traitor by donning a costume and going out into the night as a vigilante hero. And Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, but his investigation just might get them all liberated.

My Thoughts: Outcasts offers a very real view of sibling rivalry and the temptations of the world. The oldest of four, I felt for each of these characters. Levi, who just wanted to protect his brothers. Omar, who did not want to live in Levi's shadow. And Mason, who wanted the freedom to choose his own path. I understood their pain because I saw a little of each of my siblings and my self in each of the brothers.

The world's temptations are difficult to fight, and the brothers show different was that temptations affect us. How they can ruin our lives. I liked that each brother struggled in his own way and that none are perfect.

I wish that Jill had gone more in depth with the science of the plague. As a medic, Mason should have had more to say about it. I also have to say that the "Owl" seemed silly to me. I would have preferred that he did something more along the lines of what Shay did (can't tell you what because that is a spoiler).

Still, I enjoyed the conflict the brothers and the world they have found themselves in. I can't wait for the next story.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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