The Book: Swipe, by Evan Angler
The Blurb: 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.
The Babble: In this new twist on end-time possibilities, I was a drawn into this eerily possible world and read the entire book in one day. The story is fast-paced and the characters likable. I did feel the language used by the middle school-age characters in the book to be a little more intellectual than I usually hear from our circle of similarly aged kids. Here’s an excerpt: “That’s a pretty specific assumption to make about a person’s reasoning in a rather unusual situation, don’t you think?” I’m not saying Thomas and his friends don’t know what each of these words mean and how to use them, but that I can’t imagine any of them stringing them all together in one sentence like that. Regardless, I think they’ll love the book and can’t wait to share it!
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