I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Swipe #2
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on September 4th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Christian, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark lets citizen shop, go to school, and even get medical care--but without it, you are on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. Those who do . . . disappear.
Logan Langly went in to get his Mark, but he backed out at the last minute. Now he's on the run from government agents who will stop at nothing to capture him. But Logan is on a mission to find and save his sister, Lily, who disappeared five years ago on her thirteenth birthday, the day she was supposed to receive her Mark.
Logan and his friends, a group of dissenters called the Dust, discover a vast network of the Unmarked, who help them travel safely to the capital city where Lily is imprisoned. Along the way, the Dust receives some startling information from the Markless community, opening their eyes to the message of Christianity and warning that humanity is now entering the End of Days.
When the Dust finally arrives in the capital, it seems that all their careful planning is useless against a government that will do anything to bend its citizens to its will. Can the gentle words Logan has found in a tattered, banned Bible really stand against the most powerful military the world has ever known? Can Logan even sacrifice his own freedom, choosing to act through faith alone?
Logan Langly is on the run after DOME tried to Mark him. His only plan is to get to his sister Lily, who isn’t dead and is alive. After escaping, his Marker told him she’s being kept in Beacon city, and with the help of the Dust, he will find her.
What a thrilling journey these teens go through. And just like before they’re broken up into different viewpoints. There’s a lot of characters to remember, and a lot of plot and scenes to go through. Sometimes I would be confused as to what was happening because it would stop right in the middle and would be picked up later. Or the scene would miracously speed up to a couple of weeks later. I didn’t enjoy being yanked back and forth from scene to scene and sub plot to sub plot, it felt rather disorganized. Lots more action in this one. We’re kept in the dark for most of the book, but in the end there’s a lot of information to understand. Not just one twist but more than one. What I love was the secret journey that the Markless would have to endure before they get to Beacon. It was beautifully done and the symbols were just spot on. I absolutely loved the detail that was done for that part. I could easily see this series being made into a movie. Loved it. As for the goals of DOME and The Chancellor Cylis I felt that more could have been explained as to why he was doing this and I could only come up with the conclusion that he’s crazy power hungry.
Dystopia is a hard theme to write about. It’s one thing to write about, but writing it well is a whole different story.
Evan Angler writes so well, and I can’t wait until the final book comes out because I’ll definitely pick it up as soon as I can. I suggest you do too.
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