Swipe by Evan Angler
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 8, 2012
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 really enjoyed this book! Sometimes it is nice to escape all the triangles, instalove, and sparkly creatures of the night and just read a book about a boy trying to find his sister. Swipe definitely delivers a strong story and for once I can honestly say boys and girls both will love this one.
Logan is thirteen and about to be Marked. Basically that means that he can now work, go to the grocery store, and well do what most adults do now. Most look at being Marked as something exciting and just part of everyday life, but for Logan it is terrifying. You see his sister left one morning to be Marked and never came back. After meeting the new girl in school, Erin, unimaginable things start happening and Logan learns that maybe his being paranoid wasn't such a bad thing after all.
That is basically the story with a few things left out because well I don't want to give anything away. I will tel you that the characters were all really well written and I loved the ending. It is not perfect but it was very true to the characters and I give the author major kudos for going the hard route. This book will definitely appeal to all ages. Yes it is middle grade, but the suspense and overall mystery kept me glued to the last page. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment!!
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