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 www.jillwilliamson.com
This is a teen fiction about forgiveness and hardship and how you handle both of these in the face of adversity. The 2 main characters in this book, Omar and Mason are trying to handle the Safe Lands upheavals in their own way. By uniting together to discover the truth about Liberation they understand that "Tomorrow is everything."
One of my favorite quotes from this book was from their mother who told Omar "Worry doesn't take away the dread of tomorrow. But it does take away today's strength." Their continuing struggle to improve the lives of everyone, (even their enemies)leaves you with a strong sense of hope for humanity. That not everyone in this world is looking out for number one. What a great concept to give to teens reading this book.
I would recommend this book, not only for teens but for everyone. I liked Jill's writing style, it was clean and descriptive. Even though I had not had a chance to read the previous books in this series, I was able to catch up to the current circumstances of the Safe Lands and was able to follow the plot very well.
Overall, the message here was very inspiring. Trust in God and help your fellow man as much as possible. We never know what another person is going through and sometimes we may forget that they are struggling too. It's not as easy to forgive people for the hurt they caused you but we know that everyone has personal hardships; whether we inflict them upon ourselves or caused by another person.
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