Swipe by Evan Angler

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.

So my sister has been begging me to read these books for awhile now. She’s kinda obsessed with them. So when it was time to read “a book a friend recommended”, I went to my sister and told her she can pick any book she wants of hers and I’d read it. I wasn’t very surprised when she came to me holding her copy of Swipe.

I was wary to start it. I mean, its one of my middle school sisters favorite books eve, and we are like total opposites. How in the world would I ever like this book!? But I eventually realized I had to start it and, no matter how much I did or didn’t like the book, I had to finish it.

So I pushed away my thoughts and opened the book.

I was sorta hoping that I would be completely wrong and that this book would be so mind-blowingly good and I would forever be trusting my sisters book recommendations.

Soooo that’s not exactly what happened…

I mean, it wasn’t bad. Parts of it were enjoyable. But I wasn’t a huge fan. I’ll probably finish the series sometime, but I’m not hanging on the edge of my seat in suspense or anything.

One reason I wasn’t too fond of it was the characters. Seriously. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that I strongly disliked every character until now. I didn’t like any character, from beginning to end. They all rubbed me wrong.

I also found most of the plot predictable. I predicted a lot of the “surprising plot twists” in the first half of the book. And the ‘love traingle’ was naïve and annoying. I was literally rolling my eyes through it.

I do understand that this book was written with middle schoolers mind, and I am a Junior in HS. And the book is enjoyable, for the most part. Plus its totally clean and appropriate. So I do recommend this book, just maybe for people on a younger reading level then myself.

-Lilian-

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