Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Swipe by Evan Angler Review and Give@way!

by Evan Angler
Published: May 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Available: Amazon


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.


Logan lives in a world where every American is given a mark that allows them to access the benefits of their citizenship, from working to voting to purchasing things from a store. But Logan believes that the Mark may be more than that, and that getting it is what killed his sister. With strange noises and shadows hovering in the corners, Logan is slowly being consumed with suspicions. There is something about him that has not only a group of society out to possibly kill him, but another on a mission to keep him alive. Swipe has you falling into Logan's paranoia and constant questioning of the motives of everyone he meets.

Stories centered on young boys, aren't my usual read, but the cover of Swipe reminded me of Unwind by Neal Shusterman which I enjoyed, so I wanted to give it a try. This book is definitely geared for a younger male audience, more of a higher middle grade novel. There is little to no romance and is focused more on the mystery of what is going on with Logan. I actually thought the fact that Erin and Logan stay in the friend zone, makes the ending all that better. All of the characters make choices that make sense, even if they are unexpected. Angler introduces a lot of issues that teens face as they transition from elementary into middle school and beyond; the way relationship change, how hormones come into play, interfering with friendships, and how with a little knowledge you could question everything you thought you knew about the world and the people around you.

Angler throws in a few twists that really surprised me and each lead nicely towards a sequel. I could definitely see reading more of the series.  

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