I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Swipe #1
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on May 1st, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Christian, Dystopian, Mystery, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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? Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is "Left Behind" meets "Matched" for middle-grade readers.
Logan lives in Spokie, and is about to receive the Swipe. The Swipe is a way to pay for things, go anywhere and everywhere. Ever since David’s sister died after getting the Swipe, he’s been paranoid thinking people are out to get him. He might not be wrong. With the help of the new girl Erin, he delves deeper into the mystery of the death of his sister. And what he finds out may be as dangerous as he thought it would be.
Logan is rather paranoid and his parents may actually think he’s lying about someone following him. His paranoid delusions grow and in confidence he tells Erin. As soon as Erin appeared on the page, I thought, “Logan, don’t trust her. She is completely loyal to the AU.” I liked Logan. He was smart, but not when it came to Erin. Maybe boys get distracted by pretty girls. Erin was one character I didn’t trust. She seemed too strong willed and intelligent to just be helping out Logan just because he’s her friend. She had ulterior motives and she gave me warning bells the deeper I got into the book.
I happily devoured this book only because it was so exciting and the pacing was fast. I loved it. The world building had just enough detail, but I did wish there was more of it.I don’t understand much about the American union. It was briefly explained. But what I do know is that they’re planning something sinister. A selection process of sorts, and Logan is caught right in the middle of it. I can’t wait until all the answers get unraveled. The mystery will finally be solved. That ending was definitely a cliff hanger and it just made me even more happy that I had the next book to read in the series.