Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Review: Swipe by Evan Angler

Title: Swipe
Author: Even Angler
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Format: eGalley
Publication Date: May 8th 2012

Tell Me About It
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?

My Thoughts
On the outside Logan Paul Langley is like any other child, but on the inside it's a completely different story. Logan IS afraid of the dark, but wouldn't you be if you felt like you were being watched 24 hours a day by something or someone. He is worried about taking The Pledge and getting marked, which is what killed his sister. But being able to go to the shops, or even get a job rely on you getting marked. Without it you are a social pariah.
Erin Arbitor moves with her Father's new job and is placed into the same school as Logan. Erin soon finds out what her Father's real job is, and together with Logan they plan to solve her Father's mystery so she can go back home, and for Logan so he can find out who or what is following him and why. With the help of DOME equipment, they are able to keep tabs on a group of Markless that has been responsible for some disappearances of local children.

Swipe is told in multiple points of view, Logan, Erin and The Markless. We get to follow Logan and Erin as they start off alone then slowly learn they need each other to achieve what they want. Pretty soon its not all flowers and sunshine and they both have to make tough decisions about what they plan to do next.

When I first began reading Swipe I liked what I was reading and enjoyed learning new things with this duo. I loved the world that Evan has created and how Erin's home town was way ahead of Logan's one and I liked the comparisons they made. The whole idea of building up was great, and is quite easy to imagine that happening in the future. The DOME equipment they used to help spy was creative and sneaky, I loved the chalk, something so innocent yet useful in the right hands. As Swipe concludes we are given a few answers and a secret is revealed, this secret alone is what makes me want to pick up sneak and read it.

As the story progressed though, I found myself getting distracted, and what would normally have taken me at most 2 days to read ended up taking me a week to read. While I love the idea behind the story it just didn't grab me enough. Obviously it has enough to keep me interested and want to finish the book and jump straight into the next instalment, but not a 'I can't put this down till I finish' book.

1 comment:

  1. I've not heard about this book up until now. Thanks for an honest review :)


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