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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.

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Winters Read, June 26, 2012 (view all comments by Winters Read)
I've had quite a range of thoughts while reading this book. At first, the slow pace told me the book would be boring, but then it took off. Then....it lost me in slow movement again, and later recaptured me. While the storyline was fickle this way, the characters never made it far. Because of this, it was quite tempting to shut the book whenever the pages halted for the red light known as attempted pre-teen conversation. Swipe would have been better if it were filled with more constant action, while still making the point addressed next.

What changed my mind about not recommending this book (because I do, for some) is the originality and surprise of the plot. While I expected Angler to use a Biblical standpoint of the Mark and Pledging, he never did. Instead, he showed logical, secular reasons that the G.U. (Global Union) was immoral in using it to "weed out" those who would not "unify" the world. I am impressed by the skill he weaves this reasoning into the reader, no matter their views.
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PrincessJaylia, May 2, 2012 (view all comments by PrincessJaylia)
I received a copy of SWIPE by Evan Angler from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. It is juvenile fiction ��" a mixture of middle grade and young adult. As I read, I couldn’t decide which age group it leaned toward, but I think thirteen and up would be best. Some of the topics, such as the oppressive government, might be too mature for children, even though nothing in it was really inappropriate.

In SWIPE, whenever someone turns thirteen, the government gives him or her a Mark. This Mark, imprinted on their body, allows them to be “free.” For example, they can buy ice cream. Logan, however, is dreading his Mark ��" when his sister, Lily, was Marked, the government told his family she’d died. Now, he’s petrified of the dark and feels that something is watching him. Enter Erin, a Marked girl who recently moved to the city. Her dad works for the government. According to Erin, as soon as her dad solves his case, they can go home. The case leads her to Logan and the Markless, those who strive to live without the Mark.

The story explores an interesting take on a futuristic world. Most of the country is hard to live in and the West Coast has been destroyed by an Earthquake. The world leans toward a Global Union. Although I don’t normally read dystopian novels, this kept my attention from the first chapter to the end.

While I did enjoy SWIPE, a few points felt awkward. The prologue was confusing and didn’t really pique my interest. After reading the entire novel, the prologue made much more sense. Some sentences felt too 2012, such as “That’s neat.” I would have liked to see more futuristic terminology. Also, the kids in the story seemed too old for thirteen, or almost thirteen.

I recommend SWIPE to dystopian fans, as well as youthful readers. It offers an interesting take on what the world might become.
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