Title: Swipe

Author: Evan Angler

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Published: May 1st, 2012

Number of Pages: 288

From: Booksneeze in exchange for a review (all opinions are mine)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Imagine a time probably not too far off in the future where your citizenship doesn’t start until you are thirteen. Thirteen is when you are finally Marked with a code you swipe to pay for everything, something that finally lets you be free. Logan Langley had been looking forward to receiving his until his sister five years early was to take hers and never came back. Logan’s thirteen birthday is now just a month away the increasing fear of being watched is found to be true. It isn’t until the new girl, Erin, arrives with her father who works for Marking Agency called DOME (Department of Marked Emergencies) does he start getting a better idea what is going on – or do they?

Angler created a world that I could easily imagine as one that could easily be just around the corner for us; especially with the war and other global concerns (climate change, boundary problems, and political parties) that abound so much these days. Angler’s book could be used as an argument against a heavy handed government that many are painting to be the direction we are heading. It would take a far different politician to see such a governmental environment. That discussion is for a different forum in its entirety.

The ending defined the internal struggle for which Logan was facing after he learned the real truth behind his “stalker”. The fight that is often seen in films and other literature (Terminator, Order of the Phoenix etc) between doing what is good for the establishment (getting Marked) and protecting oneself and exposing the truth. Wanting to know how Logan goes about this task has caused me to placed “Sneak” the next book in this series on my too read and I am really looking forward to see where it goes.

I think this book will be interesting to both young adults and adults alike because of its themes and narration. This novel would make a good stepping stone for discussions on today’s and upcoming issues we could be facing as inhabitants of this planet. “Swipe” is a great book for an adult and child to share or to be used in the classroom. I hope this can be seen on a summer reading lists sometime in the future.

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