Team Novel Teen Blog Tour: Swipe by Evan Angler

Age Range: 8+ (middle-grade readers to infinity and beyond!)

Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / Dystopic
Release Date: 4.6.12
Pages: 288
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Tag Line: 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?

Summary: 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.

What I Loved: Oh, where to start, indeed!? I don't want to reveal too much information about the world of Spokie, AU or whether or not Logan Langly gets the Mark or not, because this is a story that has to be revealed rather slowly, and secretly, if you catch my secret-spy drift. It's rare that I say this, but you are just going to have to trust me that SWIPE was a cling to the covers, don’t turn out the lights, stay up until the very wee hours of the morning, riveting story that remains with you after you’ve finished reading it for days on end kind of a novel, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed and will definitely be reading again in the near future (and I daresay that those words rarely come out of my mouth often!) That said, I can't tell you much, but what I can tell you is that you NEED to read SWIPE!

The characters (Logan, Erin, Dane, Hailey, et al.) had such a "real" quality to them, the description and writing by Mr. Angler was awesome, and I really enjoyed reading about a future North America/American Union and thought that overall it was a really unique action/adventure/mysterious take on future/end times/the Mark of The Beast from the book of Revelation seen through the eyes of 3 young people. I also loved that no character was secondary in this book. Every character has a defined or undefined of right now that is. I'm hoping that SNEAK will fill in the blanks and answer some more serious questions about Logan's sister, the Dust, DOME, and will reveal what really lies in the city of Beacon and the lives of the characters as the story continues on.

What I Didn't Like So Much: There wasn’t any one single thing that I disliked or hated in the whole entire novel. And coming from this girl (the type-a picky one), yeah, that’s saying something alright! In fact I absolutely loved the story and the characters to pieces so much so that I am STILL thinking about the story and the characters nearly a week after having finished reading the book. Needless to say, I am EAGERLY awaiting the arrival of the 2nd book in the SWIPE series, called SNEAK (which is due out this September!)

I’m recommending this book… If you love dystopic novels like The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins and Matched by Ally Condie or The Left Behind Series by Lahaye and Jenkins then SWIPE is definitely a book you’ll want to read…and more than just once too! I'm giving SWIPE a 5 star rating (and those don't happen often, coming from me!)

About The Author:

Who is Evan Angler?

Evan Angler is safe, for now. He lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon.

As a kid he was quiet and well-behaved, having grown up in a town not unlike Spokie, where he enjoyed music, drawing, hover-dodge, astrophysics, hiking, virtual reality . . .

None of that matters now.

Evan Angler is the author of SWIPE. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about it, and you didn’t hear anything from him. Don’t make eye contact if you see him. Don’t call his name out loud. He’s in enough trouble already.

And so are you, if you’ve read his books.

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Note: In conjunction with the Team Novel Teen book tour, I received a free copy of this book for review.

*Why Differ? // Read this Guest Post on Oh, Restless Bird written by author Evan Angler


  1. Great review. I love how you have everything set up on here, very eye catching. Remember on Goodreads how we were talking about the Mark of the Beast on the review there, well, yesterday, me and Mom were driving and she was read Revelation and was talking about some of the things she was reading and the Mark came up because she had read it a short while ago. So I told her about the book. Just found it interesting how close those two instances came together. Good review and keep it up!

  2. Thank you! Glad you like the set up! That's neat. I love having conversations with my momma about books and how they can sometimes tie into real life too.

  3. Loved your review! :) You said everything I thought about the book. :)

  4. Great review! The characters are awesome! I agree!

  5. AnonymousJune 28, 2012

    Totally with you can't wait for Sneak! Great review!

  6. Loved it! Great review. I also can't wait for Sneak! Whoo!


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