This book is a bit of a backwards read for me, as I read Sneak (book 2 in the series) a long time ago for review. There were quite a few things in that one that I didn’t quite understand, but after reading Swipe, they make a little more sense. Definitely a good idea to start with book 1 🙂 So, here it is!
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 Langley’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?
Having been given it for review, I read the second book in this series a couple years ago. So I already knew I liked the characters. I both read and listened to this book and I think it made the story even better, especially hearing Logan talk. The audio, narrated by Barrie Buckner, gives so much more feeling to the story. Logan has quite a personality for a kid of almost 13.
I loved the twists and turns as Logan and Erin set out on their adventure/quest to stop Peck and the Dust. It was a bit slow getting into this one, which is why it ended with 4 instead of 5 stars. But I ended up really enjoying it. And the twist at the end makes me so excited to re-read Sneak and then continue on with the series!
Looking for a good dystopian story to lose yourself in? This is definitely it! And if you’re going to try it, I highly recommend the audiobook (find it on Amazon/Audible!). It takes the story to a whole new level!
I leave you with just one question – if you were forced to choose, would you get the Mark? Or would you choose a life with the Dust?