Sunday, November 2, 2014
“I’m a reporter, trig. I bring truth to the people of this nation. And certain stories have eluded me for far too long. Liberation, for example. And the Guilt Intelligence League. I’m tired of the lies the Guild tells its people. I’ve been a tool in Lawten Renzon’s drawer long enough. I want answers. She nodded to Omar. I saw this man liberated. I thought that meant death. But here he is. Back from… where? The people have a right to know.”

Book: Rebels by Jill Williamson, Blink (Zondervan) Publishers, 2014
48952EB: Rebels - eBook

Genre: Futuristic/Science Fiction
Target Audience: Girls and Boys 18+
Subject: Euthanasia, Sex, Jealousy, Selective Genetics, Freedom, Forgiveness, Marriage, Truth
Summary: Truth. It all boils down to that. The only reason the Safe Lands’ leadership is still controlling this land is because the truth is hidden from the people and lies are told to them instead. If they can just bring the truth to the general populace, all the captivity will be over. No one will work for the government any longer. The only problem is that those who know the truth have been “liberated”, meaning they have no access to technology to communicate messages to the people. And those not yet liberated are close to it as they continue to try to rescue all the women in the harem. It comes down to one crazy, totally insane, mostly untested science experiment put together by an untrained medic and dreamed up by a drug addict. If the experiment succeeds, the truth will be revealed. If it fails, pretty much all hope is gone.
Notes:  This is the third and final book in the Safe Lands series, a futuristic series on the issue of freedom – whether or not a person should deny themselves any desire and whether or not anyone has the right to force someone to help them. This third book has a lot more spiritual elements than the first book did and even more than the second. As with the second, the females in the story have a very strong faith and are determined to hold to the truth no matter what challenges or lies come their way. The men don’t usually dwell on matters of faith – at least not until they find themselves in the midst of a life or death situation where they need help! Mason recognizes his own lack of focus on prayer and thankfulness after being spared a brutal beating. It has an interesting discussion in the middle when those from the characters from Glenrock join a colony of Safe Landers hiding underground. There is a lot of debate between the two different cultures of women. The Safe Landers have created their own laws and theology that contradict the Scripture and take great offense at those from Glenrock even being around them, let alone defending anyone against the cruel condemnation the Safe Landers issue on anyone who doesn’t share their worldview completely.
Also, due to the issues dealt with in this book, it is not written as an enjoyable, entertaining reading, but rather than an intense, graphic look at a serious issue. If you would like more on this topic, check out The Center For Bioethics And Human Dignity, a Christian organization that helps people figure out how to respond to these sorts of subjects. 
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Overall Quality Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

John 8:32 – Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.



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