Date published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Logan Langley is just months away from his thirteenth birthday and the biggest day of his life- the day he will finally be Marked. The Mark lets people get jobs, vote, and even go out to eat or buy concert tickets.
Becoming Marked means becoming free. Or so he is told. Five years ago when Logan's sister went to get her Mark she never came back. Now Logan can't shake the feeling he's being watched...
And then he finds the wire.
Swipe was not quite what I was expecting, both in good ways and bad.
For one, the world building was fantastic and well-developed, which is something a lot of books nowadays seem to lack. I also really loved the mystery and generally the whole plot of the book. However, the way Evan Angler wrote it made the story go by a little too slowly for my taste. There were questions asked, but the answers not given straightaway; great, I understand that, but Angler kept us waiting too long, so my attention faded away pretty quickly--until an interesting part popped back up again.
I loved Erin, though. She, unlike the dreamy folk in the town of Spokie, feels so refreshing. She's brave, smart, and ready to jump into action.
The concept was also very unique. Logan, and all the other characters in Swipe, live in a world where sort of turn into an adult when you reach thirteen. I like how Logan is different, and that he doesn't believe in getting 'Marked' at all (after the whole sister-disappearing thing). He knows how to actually think for himself, and not just believe what everyone else tells him. I always love independent characters.
As for the characters, most of them were pretty mundane. Logan, Erin, and Peck were the ones with the most emotion, and that wasn't much. I mean, sure, the author told us about Logan's paranoia at being Marked, and how he's always worried that someone's watching him, but that was it. Not much else. The other characters weren't real at all. I couldn't connect with them. Not even Erin. They were just like pieces of... cardboard.
Swipe wasn't a mind-blowing book, but I'd definitely recommend it for Middle-Graders if you want to get some action and mystery and science-fiction all packed into one book!
Evan Angler is generously giving away a paperback of Swipe! The giveaway is right after the jump. Open to US/Can only.