Author: Evan Angler
Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Paperback; 275 pages
"Apocalyptic dystopian fiction at its best. Angler's sharp wit and dexterity with political themes are matched only by the thrilling suspense on every page." --Lis Wiehl, "New York Times" bestselling author and FOX News correspondent
Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?
Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, "Swipe" follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn't even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.
The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It's almost Logan Langly's 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn't been able to shake the feeling he's being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.
When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is "Left Behind" meets "Matched" for middle-grade readers.
I was really, really excited to read Swipe. But, I think the book I had just finished prior to starting Swipe was just SO good that I can only describe Swipe as tepid. It just seemed to lack something for me. I didn't really engage with the characters of Logan and Erin as much as I was hoping I would and that was disappointing. But, this is a Middle Grade book, not Young Adult. These kids are like 13 and right now they are limited.
I actually did enjoy Swipe. It is a quick read at only 275 pages, too. I would recommend this book to someone in the mood for an easy, interesting read. This book is extremely well written. I hope I don't discourage anyone from reading Swipe. In fact, I have been approved at Netgalley for the sequels, Sneak and Storm. And to be honest, I am about 38% into Sneak and it is already better than Swipe as far as more action. I'm looking forward to finishing the trilogy!
4 stars to Swipe.