Saturday, March 24, 2012

Swipe by Evan Angler

Imagine global war and famine. Imagine this creating isolated city centers around the United States. Now, the leader of the European Union and the victorious American general are joining forces to unite the globe.

They have already instilled the process of getting "marked" on everyone's thirteenth birthday. Once marked, you may be employed, purchase items and basically exist. If you dare to refuse the mark, you will be relegated to the slums of the society without any source of income, care, household, basically anything you think of when you imagine living.

The force behind the enforcement of this mark is called DOME (Department of Marked Emergencies).

In this first book of a new Young Adult series, we meet Logan Langly. A 13 year old who believes someone is watching his every move. He has his doubts about getting marked because his older sister never returned from the procedure. Soon Erin enters his life by way of moving to his neighborhood. Erin's dad works for DOME.

To make matters worse, there's a terrorist group by the name, Dust, who's been known to kidnap and murder pre-marked teenagers. Logan believes he may be next on Dust's crosshairs and one of his middle school friends might just be a Dust spy...

Swipe is an interesting take on the whole Mark of the Beast message from the fundamentalist Christian genre. There are a number of twists involved and as this is only the first in a series, they leave it open at the end. Angler does a great job at connecting the reader with the emotional turmoil you find in the mind of middle schoolers.

The action is part James Bond with the futuristic gadgets and part Percy Jackson with the school yard relationships.

I'm looking forward to Swipe's sequel and if Angler will move more closer to the Left Behind-style writing.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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