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Monday, April 23, 2012

Book Review: Evan Angler's Swipe

   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? 
  Swipe definitely fits into the recent popular Dystopian genre that has popped up everywhere. The only thing      I wish is that this wasn't targeted toward middle schoolers only. The Hunger Games audience range does reach middle school, but for some reason it has a mature tone that reaches all age groups. This one lacked connecting with an audience outside of it's main target. 
   The first thing I noticed is how young the kids sounded. One moment they are already moving into noticing the opposite sex is attractive, and the next they are referring to their parents as "mommy". I would never want to write a book geared toward the younger audience because straddling the line of what sounds mature, and too immature for such an in between age group would be too stressful for me. 
   This story does set you up with a lot of mysteries from the beginning to keep you reading though. You have to know what has happened to Logan's older sister, and you want to know what is up with the whole system of the mark. This led me to another confusing thought though. What is the mark? Is it something that is going to condemn everyone, or is it just a step toward tribulation times? 
   Overall, I think this will appeal to most middle schoolers. The problem is it won't have much appeal outside of that if you're looking for the next The Hunger Games. It has that vibe to it, but sometimes veers off into a cheesy kid tone. You can check it out at Amazon

This book was provided by Booksneeze in exchange for a review. 

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