Title: Swipe (Swipe, #1)
Author: Evan Angler
Genre: Middle Grade, Science Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 1 May 2012
Pages: 288 (eARC)
If you haven't read this book yet I would like to invite you to go and pick up a copy and read it today. It is more geared towards middle grades but I really enjoyed it myself so I would say that it is great for middle grades and up .
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.If you are looking for an intriguing Middle Grade Dystopian read, look no further. Swipe by Evan Angler is a book that left me thinking and craving the next installment. It was a book full of paranoia, suspense, and courage.
Main character, Logan Langly has had to live with the knowledge that his sister, Lily, had disappeared on the day she was Marked. From that day on, Logan has been living a life of paranoia…believing that he is constantly being watched and followed by an unknown person and for reasons unknown. The day that he confirms that the reason for his paranoia is real, Logan and his new friend, Erin Arbitor, make it their mission to find out who these kidnappers/murderers are and why they are targeting teens that are on the verge of Pledging and receiving their Mark.
The world is not as it used to be. In order to survive and live in this new world, one must be Marked. What does it mean to be Marked? Once a teen turns the age of thirteen, they Pledge themselves and received a Mark on their wrist … which is like getting a matrix of intertwined numbers tattooed to your wrist. This would then allow you to get a job, make purchases, ride a bus…pretty much becoming an adult who can now take care of themselves. For those that choose not to Pledge and become Marked, they are basically banished from society, and forced to live in the slums, scavenging for food and shelter.
Pick up a copy today, and join in on the paranoia that is Swipe.