Bookworm's Ranking - 4 WormsStoryline - 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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