{Blog Tour} Review: Swipe (Swipe #1) by Evan Angler

SwipeSwipe by Evan Angler

Paperback, 275 pages
Published: May 8th, 2012 by Thomas Nelson
Review Copy: Received as part of the blog tour.
Purchase: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Description from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

Actual rating: 3.5 Stars
In all honesty, I’m not even sure where to begin this review. I wasn’t sure what to expect from “Swipe”. It sounded promising, which is why I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour, but I can’t say that I loved it. I liked it, I did. But I guess I just expected/wanted more? This isn’t to say that “Swipe” isn’t a wonderful middle grade read, because honestly, I do think it’ll be a hit amongst younger readers. I just didn’t fall in love with the story like I hoped.

Dystopia is the “in” thing right now. The YA market is full of dystopians right now, and it is getting incredibly hard to find a unique dystopian. The concept behind “Swipe”, while not entirely original, does manage to stand out. In “Swipe”, once you reach the age of thirteen, you are Marked and considered to be an adult. The Mark is a special tattoo that is used “for everything from employment to transportation to shopping”. But this wouldn’t be a story worth reading if the teenagers accepted their Marks; there are those that are Unmarked, such as the Dust, who add a bit of welcome mystery to the story. Ultimately through, for me, the biggest reason as to why “Swipe” stands out is because one of the main characters is a young boy, Logan.

In the end:
“Swipe” is an exciting middle grade read that will easily appeal to both middle grade boys and girls.

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Psstt: the * denotes paperback giveaways, so if you’re interested in reading this one, keep your eyes open. 🙂

Schedule:
http://themagicatticreads.com/ : May 14 – Spotlight*
http://adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.com/  : May 15 – Why We Differ? Guest Post
www.goodchoicereading.com : May 16 – Swipe Playlist
bookmarkbelles.blogspot.com : May 16 – Reviews*
http://cecesreviews.blogspot.com : May – 16 – Review
www.readandrepeat.co.uk : May 16 – Review
bookbriefs.blogspot.com : May 16 – Review
http://www.blookgirl.com : May 17 – Review*
http://www.thebooklife.com : May 18 – Review*
Books With Marshmallows : May 18 – review
www.novelsontherun.blogspot.com : May 19 – Review*
www.thehauntedrose.blogspot.com : May 19 – Review*
http://wefancybooks.blogspot.com : May 19 – Author’s Top Ten
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