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The remnant of Glenrock has been scattered. But they are not beaten.

The Safe Lands have long kept the true meaning of Liberation secret from their people. But after being sentenced to Liberation themselves, Mason and Omar soon discover the truth.

Levi watched his brothers' public sentencing and tries to hold out hope they are still alive, He is forced to focus his attention elsewhere, however, when his new wife, Jemma, is captured and made the Safe Lands' newest Queen. His only choice to save Jemma may be to take up Omar's old role of undercover vigilante, leading the rebels in their quest to overthrow the government. But will Levi's new role be enough?

Meanwhile, Jemma's sister, Shaylinn, is ready to give birth to the "Safe Lands'" children ... but not even Ciddah is sure they can be delivered safely in the midst of a rebellion. And Mason must face the fact Omar's illness could be fatal.

If they can all unite their efforts, together they may be able to expose the Safe Lands' lies to the people. But if they fail, they will all surely die.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 136 x 203 x 25mm | 344g
  • Blink
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0310735777
  • 9780310735779
  • 745,301

Review quote

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 and where many temptations make it difficult to stay true to their faith.
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?
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, * Christian Library Journal *
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About Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to love books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children. Visit Jill online at
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341 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
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4 37% (125)
3 16% (54)
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I don’t want to give any spoilers to the story, so I won’t go into great detail about the actual plot itself, which is why this review may come across as somewhat vague. But, in the final book of the Safe Lands series, the story pretty much picks right up where it left off in Book 2. Most of the Outsiders are now temporarily living with the Rebels and are trying to find a way to escape the Highlands. If you’ve read book 2, then you know that there are a couple of Outsiders who are about to be liberated as well. In Rebels, we do get answers to several questions. We finally find out what being liberated truly means. We learn more about the plague and the meds given to those who have it. We also learn that there are rebels whom you’d never suspect in influential places in the Highlands. There are old friends, new friends, and enemies that make their appearances in this book as well. I will say that although this book is primarily about young teenagers/young adults, there are several grown-up situations that these kids find themselves in. Many are not good. However, I enjoyed watching different characters learn and grow in their own ways, which was one of the things I liked so much about Book 2. This was a very engaging story and I read it in less than a week. I really enjoyed the progression of the series as a whole with the author not trying to rush things through just to finish the series. I’ve read SEVERAL YA series where the final books leaves me scratching my head wondering what in the world the author was thinking. However, this series does not do that at all. As I stated above, it progresses really well and the 3rd book was just as good, if not better than the first or second, in my opinion. That alone makes this series stand out. And I appreciate the obvious hard work the author put into making this series tie together and end well while still being fairly believable. The ONLY thing I could say that I would have liked to have seen different was maybe there being an Epilogue. I would have liked to have seen the characters several years down the road. However, that’s not to say that the book doesn’t end well, because it does. But it does end in such a way that the author may be able to write a 4th book sometime in the future, which I would love! Overall, I thought this was a great book & a great way to end a brilliant series. I was intrigued by the series when I first read the plot of the first book and I have not been disappointed. I loved that the series was clean, the characters (mostly) really improved themselves over time, and the story seemed to follow a reasonable pace. It’s a great read and a great addition to my personal library. **I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which I have done.**show more
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