Friday, May 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Swipe by Evan Angler

  Welcome to by stop on the Swipe Blog Tour Hosted by YA Bound Tours.  Please be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom to win a paperback copy of Swipe.

You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.

by Evan Angler
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Publication Date:  May 1, 2012
Paperback 275 Pages

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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 Thoughts:  This is a great apocalyptic dystopian novel.  I really enjoyed it.  I'm a big dystopian lover, so even though this was middle grade, it really caught my interest.  Though the book is fiction based, it was easy for me to imagine that many of the things in the book could actually happen in the future - The Mark, war, famine, global union, technological advancement with governmental control.  I really liked the main character, Logan Langley.  Even though he seemed really paranoid in the beginning, which he ended up having good reason for, he displayed outstanding morals, character, and courage in the book.  I liked Erin also, she was smart and funny, and even though she and Logan had different ideas about how things should be, they were still able to be good friends.  I hope in the next book we get to learn a little bit more about the other characters also.  The characters did seem mature for 12 and 13, but if you consider the era they lived in and the way society operated at that time, I would expect that age group to be more mature than today's typical 13 year old.  Sometimes I think we don't give those in that age group enough credit.  I believe they are a lot smarter than we realize.

Swipe was filled with suspense, action, intrigue, and mystery.  There was no foul language or sex, and I feel that this is an outstanding middle grade novel.  I have two nephews that are 12 and 14, and I can't wait for them to read it.  I think that even though Swipe is a really enjoyable work of fiction, that it has the potential to also cause many to stop and think about how things could possibly be in the future, and also challenge you to think about what kind of person you would be under those circumstances.  Evan Angler has done a great job writing this novel and I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Sneak, which will come out in the fall. 


About the Author: Evan Angler is safe, for now. He lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon.

As a kid he was quiet and well-behaved, having grown up in a town not unlike Spokie, where he enjoyed music, drawing, hover-dodge, astrophysics, hiking, virtual reality . . .

None of that matters now.

Evan Angler is the author of SWIPE. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about it, and you didn't hear anything from him. Don't make eye contact if you see him. Don't call his name out loud. He's in enough trouble already.

And so are you, if you've read his books.

a Raffle copter giveaway

Winner:  Emily R.  (E-mail info sent to tour host, YA Bound who will send prize)


  1. Ellen, thanks for the Twitter follow and I'm now a blog follower too. Too bad I missed entering the contest--this book sounds great and I enjoyed your review. I have 2 nephews ages 13 and 11 and this book sounds like it would be good for them too. Happy reading!


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