Sunday, April 29, 2012

Swipe

Bookworm's Ranking - 4 Worms
Storyline - Ever since Logan's sister's death, he has felt watched. With his thirteenth birthday only a month away, anxiety over the Mark, the symbol of adulthood and dedication to the new government, and the feeling of being followed has grown. When Erin moves to town, Logan tries to start a friendship but she only wants to go home. Until she hears Logan's story. She believes he is next on the list of a kidnapper named Peck, who takes Markless kids shortly before their Pledge. As things begin to escalate, they set out to catch the kidnapper at his own game but Logan can't help but question why this is happening and why such interest in him. What really does happen to those who reject the Mark?
Author - Evan Angler
Publisher - Thomas Nelson
Age Group - 12 and up
Content - *May Contain Spoilers* The characters try to help one another but do disobey and mislead their parents. Logan tries to do the right thing and Erin cares for him. Dane is disrespectful and rebellious to his parents. The word 'su**' was used three times.

Personal Opinion - The world, mystery, and characters was interesting as well as creative (the houses where interesting and the contrast to those who have the Mark and who doesn't was displayed well), but the book was a bit slow in the beginning and a little heavy in only telling instead of trying to make the reader feel it. But, as the book got deeper into the situation, those issues mostly went away, filling me with intrigue, wanting to know what would happen next and wanting the same answers to the questions Logan was asking. Didn't really believe the part of how religion disappeared (it gets explained how that happened) but everything else and what happens to the Markless (can't share because it would spoil it) seems believable with today's morals. Also, thought there would be more about God in it but, perhaps, it is building up to that (in fact, I think I saw a few tell tale signs that it is coming up). The tid-bit about the author was fun with it being as if he was a part of the world/society the book is taking place in. I believe this series can have a promising future and young adults would enjoy it.
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Special Notes - Book 2, Sneak, is out later this year.

Disclaimer - In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from the publisher through Booksneeze.

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4 comments:

  1. I loved the way you set up your review! It was very informative!

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  2. I really liked this book.
    Great review, Rachel!
    :-)
    Jill

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  3. Anonymous28 June, 2012

    I really liked the way the Markless were handled, I thought it was very realistic, especially the differing levels of tolerance we saw from different characters.
    Claire~www.addlibrarian.wordpress.com

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  4. Maniacal Bookworm, I'm glad you liked my set up. Informative is what I was going for. I remember looking at reviews of books and always wanting to know what the content was before I went out a spent money on it. I didn't find many of these so that I why I do it like this.

    Jill, yeah, it was a good book and I bet Sneak will be good too.

    Claire, I liked how the Markless were handled too. I feel the same as you in this area, especially if we think back in history to see this sort of thing happening in our own world and not just a book. It brings it more to life.

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