Publisher's Note:  

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 meetsMatched for middle-grade readers.


by Evan Angler

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Overall Review:  

Swipe by Evan Angler is a taunt and tense dystopian novel perfect for tweens and teens.  The author does a first rate job of creating an atmosphere of uncertainty and paranoia, never quite showing his hand until the end when he pulls it all together.  (Well, as together as can be expected in a book that is first in a series.)

Logan is a protagonist that grows immensely throughout the book.  His relationship with Erin, the new girl in town, is a believable one.  They don't always see eye-to-eye on major issues, which is refreshingly authentic; however, in spite of this, they develop a deep sense of loyalty to each other as the story progresses.  

Swipe was a gripping read and the pages positively flew by.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Character falls on face and bloodies nose; explained bruises on a child's face; character is kidnapped; several discussions/reports of a family member that was killed, non-detailed; a couple of frightening scene in which a character is being watched/followed; general recollection of a past war with bombs, bodies in the street, etc.; report that someone killed someone; report of stalking & kidnapping; character play games that involve punching each other, knocking another in the leg with a bat, etc.; report of someone being tied up; fight involving punching and throwing character into shelving; girl knocks boys on the head; confrontation/ between tweens/teens involving hitting on head with rock, tasers, etc. 1-2 pages; kidnapping; confrontation between teenagers/tweens and authorities involving force, hitting with cooking pot; authorities clear out a section of town beating individuals, rounding up, and one man is seen dead, dragged from building; characters struggle, punch; character is taken hostage and verbal threats are made; destruction of property, no casualties.

Sex/Nudity:  Characters like each other; characters hug (platonic); character realizes that another boy likes a girl; characters pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriend.

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Kidnapping, homelessness, economic disparity, stealing/theft, stalking, conspiracy, dystopian society, family crisis, marital problems.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Chloroform is used to render an individual unconscious; a character is drugged for a procedure.

Reviewed By Cindy
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