Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Review: Swipe by Evan Angler

by:  Evan Angler

About the Book:
"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."

My Review:
Let me start this review by saying that I wanted to give you all a young adult's opinion, so I first gave this book to my 12 year old daughter to read and she got to about chapter 7 and really didn't want to continue.  She usually loves mysteries but she said that this one was creepy.  She said that she thought it was a little to scary for kids, even middle-graders.  So I gave it a read.
I really enjoyed the mystery and chase that Logan and his friends are a part of and although it did have some parts that I wouldn't really think would be for younger kids, its a good story.  
It's a story of rich versus poor in an apocolyptic time.  The Marked vs the unmarked.  Logan is approaching the age where he will be required to get the Mark but after his sister Logan is left paranoid and scared.  Meeting some new friends and enemies Logan embarks on a quest for the truth and is is quite a ride!  2 Thumbs Up!

*I received the book in this post compliments of BookSneeze for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own.

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