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Swipe

byEvan Angler

Paperback | April 30, 2012

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“Apocalyptic dystopian fiction at its best. Angler’s sharp wit and dexterity with political themes are matched only by the thrilling suspense on every page.” —Lis Wiehl, New York Times bestselling author and FOX News correspondent

 

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.

Evan Angler is safe, for now. He lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about 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 read his books.
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Title:SwipeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 2012Publisher:Thomas NelsonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:140031836X

ISBN - 13:9781400318360

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Left me wanting more The book was interesting but seemed to short. The ending was too abrupt. I happened to read Sneak first and that book was better.
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great dystopian story Logan lives in Spokie, and is about to receive the Swipe. The Swipe is a way to pay for things, go anywhere and everywhere. Ever since David’s sister died after getting the Swipe, he’s been paranoid thinking people are out to get him. He might not be wrong. With the help of the new girl Erin, he delves deeper into the mystery of the death of his sister. And what he finds out may be as dangerous as he thought it would be. Logan is rather paranoid and his parents may actually think he’s lying about someone following him. His paranoid delusions grow and in confidence he tells Erin. As soon as Erin appeared on the page, I thought, “Logan, don’t trust her. She is completely loyal to the AU.” I liked Logan. He was smart, but not when it came to Erin. Maybe boys get distracted by pretty girls. Erin was one character I didn’t trust. She seemed too strong willed and intelligent to just be helping out Logan just because he’s her friend. She had ulterior motives and she gave me warning bells the deeper I got into the book. I happily devoured this book only because it was so exciting and the pacing was fast. I loved it. The world building had just enough detail, but I did wish there was more of it.I don’t understand much about the American union. It was briefly explained. But what I do know is that they’re planning something sinister. A selection process of sorts, and Logan is caught right in the middle of it. I can’t wait until all the answers get unraveled. The mystery will finally be solved. That ending was definitely a cliff hanger and it just made me even more happy that I had the next book to read in the series.
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great premise, disappointing execution Swipe by Evan Angler has a fantastic premise. A futuristic America where people are required to be “marked” less they become social outcasts or pariahs. I had hoped it would challenge ideas of freedom and society and address current concerns of our present day – like every good dystopian novel should. But unfortunately from its strong premise and interesting set up the rest of the novel fell flat, and I had a hard time being engaged at all. The story centres around two children – Logan and Erin. Logan is wary of the Mark. He thinks it is responsible for the death of his sister and he’s also under the impression that he’s being watched. Making him a very paranoid, and very scared little boy. Erin, who’s just moved to town from the big city, is the opposite. She’s the daughter of a government agent and she’s pro-Mark and all it stands for. Together they form an unlikely alliance to try and take down one of the areas most notorious criminals. Both characters felt so clichéd, so two dimensional that I was never able to connect with either of them. They were never any more than they had to be and I never saw any major character development from either one. The pacing also felt a bit off. This was a high action book. There was a lot of running, some fighting, some spying. But it never had that sense of urgency that you would expect to find in such a story. I never felt overly excited about what was going on, I was never desperate to keep reading to see what happened next. I think more could have been done to build the tension and excitement of the whole situation in order to have the reader be really invested in the story. The end of the story leaves a lot of questions about the government and what they’re up to and for that reasons I am curious about the sequel. I am still planning on continuing this series to see with Evan Angler will address any of the issues I mentioned earlier, but I will keep my expectations low. Recommendation: A dystopian novel that starts off strong but fails to capture the attention of the reader. Not recommended. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good dystopian novel! I can say that I wondered if I would like 'Swipe' because it is a middle-school type of book, but in the end that didn’t make any difference; I loved the futureistic feel of this book. I loved how you connect to the characters right away, and you know they are young by the way they act and talk. I’m really excited to read the next book to read what happens to Logan. This book takes place in the future with very different technologies then we have. An example is a sound amplification systems that seems rather low tech. A powder is used like a microphone when teamed up with a gel that is placed in the ears. What ever that powder is around, that sound could be heard with the help of the gel from long distances. Another example are gloves called wailing gloves that make noise when you move your hands around. Another interesting thing are in the city of Spokie everyone lives in buildings. Not your normal buildings, ones where it’s one room per floor. For example: There is the ground floor, second floor is the kitchen area, third floor is the dining area, forth floor is the washroom and so on and so forth. I find this interesting, as there is one example of a house like this in Asia, built on a very skinny lot. It's an interesting idea that this is the norm for people. 'Swipe' is a dystopian novel taking place in the future, with a whole new look on life. America is split up into three parts and our characters live New Cicago in a small town of Spokie. The plot was great, I found it very addicting and I never got tired of reading this book. I like the idea of the thing called the Mark. The Mark is what allows people to get jobs and to pay for things. At the age of 13, everyone must decide if they get the Mark or not. If they don't, they have no way to make money so they are left to fend for themselves in a part of the town called Slog Row where all the Markless go. (Any readers of the 'Left Behind' series may grasp the Biblical connection, were a global leader forced people to get a similar mark or die.) Ever since Logan’s sister died after getting the Swipe, he's been paranoid about almost everything. Even though people don’t believe him, he might not be wrong with his reason to be paranoid. With the help of the new girl Erin, he learns about the mystery of the death of his sister and what DOME has to do with it. I’ve been going back and forth between sides throughout reading this book. I couldn’t pick the side I like until I learned the ending of this book and it left me so surprised. Logan is our main male character of the story. He is only 12 years old when the story starts and he’s as paranoid of everything. Ever since his sister died, he has been going from floor to floor checking if everything is fine ever since. All those around him believe that it's all in his head, but Logan himself believes that he's right to be paranoid. I find it sad that everyone thinks he’s make believing this stuff. I like his character and I find him a bit funny seeing him try to talk to the new girl Erin. He so doesn’t realize when a girl is trying to ignore him, but he doesn’t give up and finally gets Erin’s attention, which I found cute but sad as their conversations continue. Erin is our new girl in this book who is the same age as Logan. At first, she’s a loner only thinking about wanting her family to be back together again. Though after meeting Logan and learning about how a bad guy name Peck is after him, they work together to try and capture Peck under the DOME agency's noses. I love her character, but the way she sees the people in Slog Row is really hurtful. I guess people see them as less then human because they don’t have a Mark, but I can’t believe this girl has that type of prejudice at that age. There are also these kids called “The Dust” they take orders from Peck. There is about five of them, who take kids when Peck says so. It's interesting to note that they're also kids who haven't been Marked yet. You don’t know until the end what their real reasons for taking Logan are, and when you learn this you will be surprised.
Date published: 2012-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and different dystopian fiction Pros: well drawn characters, interesting world, some great twists, thought provoking / Cons: despite his job, Erin's father seems clueless regarding her intelligence and snooping / For Parents: no swearing, no sexual content, little violence (a few people get punched / hit with items, but nothing graphic) / Logan's been paranoid since his older sister died during her Pledging. His thirteenth birthday, and the day of his own Pledging, is only a few months away and he's terrified of the same thing happening to him. But Pledging means getting his Mark. And only the Marked can hold jobs and buy things. Then he discovers that his paranoia is justified, and his entire life changes. / Erin doesn't want to leave Beacon for Spokie. But her dad's been transferred there for his job doing 'government work', whatever that means. Her decision to snoop into her father's private papers opens her eyes to his purpose in Spokie; to stop a man kidnapping local children before they can take the Pledge. She decides that the sooner this man is caught, the sooner she can return home. / The two kids team up to keep Logan from being the next to disappear. / Swipe tells of a future where global war has caused such problems that large parts of the US, Canada and Mexico - now called the American Union - are uninhabitable. There are no religions. The AU and the European Union are close to creating a Global Union. Part of this new union required the Marking of all AU citizens. Indeed, the only way to be a citizen and benefit from its privileges requires getting the Mark. Those who choose not to get the mark are either servants, have someone with a Mark to support them or live in slums. / The world has some interesting new technologies to replace the more wasteful items of today. Few people use paper anymore, tablets being mainstream. Similarly, since air travel is now so expensive and cars the luxury of the super rich, people cross the country (if they need to) by magnetrain and get around cities by electrobuses and rollersticks (a device the size of a skateboard with a handle that works like a segway). / Logan is a great character. He's introduced as the boy who cried wolf, being convinced for years that someone's watching him. He's neither popular nor friendless. He's a pushover until he finds a reason to fight back. / Erin on the other hand is very brave and bold, coming up with new plans for how to catch the kidnappers. Not always good plans, mind you, she's only 13, but she is quite clever. / The book has some great twists, heading in directions I didn't expect. I especially liked that there were no easy answers for the protagonists. They make mistakes and at the end they each make decisions that work for them - and their view of events. The book is fast paced and a quick read. / My only complaint was with how long it took Erin's dad to figure out what she was up to. He seemed surprisingly clueless as to her keen intelligence. / A great book for adults, teens and maybe even younger kids - with some interesting discussion possibilities.
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I recommend it Swipe, by Evan Angler As soon as my daughter saw the name of the author of this book she said, "Is this a Christian novel?" I said, "Yeah, how'd you know?" She said, "Evangler." Hmm, clever, interesting, I thought. I wasn't sure if a clever name like that would be able to write a novel I would enjoy but in truth I have enjoyed it very much. Somewhere in the not so distant future people have the opportunity to get nano-marks put on their hands so that they can get a job or go to the shops and buy things. Until they get the mark, they live on the generosity of others like their parents or their spouse - or they can live in the undeveloped wilderness as unofficial dwellers. The story centres around a boy named Logan who is about to reach the age where he can get his mark. He is afraid, because years ago when his sister went to get her own mark, she was never seen again - presumably dead. Logan senses that he is being watched, spied upon and followed. His friend who is new to the area, is aware of a danger to the soon to be marked - a danger coming at them from the mysterious wilds. And that is where I will stop, so as not to spoil the story for you. It is a good story to read and well written. I recommend it. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2012-05-01