Friday, April 26, 2013
by Evan Angler
Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, 2011.
Juvenile Dystopian. 275 pages
(sorry, it has been awhile since I read this so figured they could summarize better)
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
On the lower end of 4 stars. I love the idea, I really want to know what happens next. Sometimes the writing wasn't as smooth as it could have been. Some of the characters were not developed enough for their part in the story. But overall a nice, exciting addition to the genre.