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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,454 ratings  ·  409 reviews
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 charismati
Paperback, 275 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Anagha Uppal
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dystopian readers!
You know why I loved this book? It was classic dystopian. It didn't have love diseases like delirium or fights to the death like (well, you know which book I'm talking about) or even evil monsters like Enclave or Ashes. It was plain old normal people realizing that their world, however high-tech and comfortable, is without the freedoms and choices the old world had, that there was something wrong with the current system and risking everything to change it. It's good old action and suspense and a ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, read-books
Wow. Just wow. It sucked me in. I lived in Spokie.
Only a few books have ever made me feel like this. It was scary. It was intense. It was amazing.
Avery Joy
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness...I absolutely loved this book! So full of suspense! I can't wait to get the next!
May 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is a book that should have had a lot more work done on it before it was published. The premise is good enough that they really could have made something out of it, but a lot more editing would have been required to clean up its issues and turn it into a genuinely good book.

This book is a huge offender against the concept of "show, don't tell." In some cases, behaviors and beliefs (including romantic subplots) arise basically out of nowhere for the convenience of the plot without
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I really wanted this book to become a favorite. I really, really did. I did like this book, it just had a slow start. (I was halfway through the book until it started making sense.) Another thing is, I guess I was expecting it to be a dystopian, but it seemed more like "future" than dystopian if that makes any sense. I did like the book though, and I plan on reading sneak very soon. Maybe I'll like the series better once I finish the whole series.

Clean rating: No
Jenni Arndt
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-own
You can read all my reviews at Alluring reads.

Swipe was a refreshing surprise to me. I was a little nervous going into it, as it is the first Middle Grade novel that I have read for the blog and it is marketed as Religious but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Swipe is a fast-paced novel full of suspense, mystery and some great twists. Evan Angler has given this story the perfect pacing and I was engrossed in the story from page one.

It's a dystopian novel that tells of a world that is sepa
Anna ~"People will think what they want to. Never take too much notice of it.”-Halt O'Carrick~
3.5 stars. Possible spoilers ahead, I tried to be careful while still explaining my thoughts.

Over all, it was enjoyable, but there were a few things I didn't like as much that lowered my rating.

First of all, the kids are all acting like they're older than their age-acting more like 15 or 16 instead of barely 13. I guess it's fine, but it keeps making me forget how young they actually are.
Next, I don't think that Peck was only a teenager himself. He acted
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
I received this book for review as part of the Books Blog Tour. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.

* This review is rather rant filled. You are forewarned. *

Swipe is about a 12 year old boy named Logan Langly. On every citizens 13th Birthday boys and girls alike line up to get their marks. These aren't test grades but rather a tattoo that lets the wearer do everything from getting a job to simple pleasures such as buying an ice cream cone. Unlike most/>*
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Great first novel from a new YA author. I really enjoyed it.

The writing style is really, really polished. I think Angler is just technically a better writer than most people working in this genre right now. Every sentence was perfectly crafted. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat, but nothing here is extraneous-- the whole thing was a pleasure to read. His world was imagined very well, and was very fun and futuristic while being just familiar enough. The mystery with the Marks is a lo
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Swipe is a story about a future world, in where everyone has to be Marked to survive. To have jobs, to eat, to go to school - you have to be Marked.

Logan Langley is paranoid. He thinks he is being watched. His parents and all the doctors he's seen don't believe him. Along comes new girl Erin. She's pretty and doesn't pay much attention to Logan, until he tells her his story about how his sister's Marking procedure went wrong and she never came back. From this moment, Logan and Erin a
The idea of every purchase, movement and more being tracked has always been a disturbing idea. And in this even more so. Seriously, why can't a kid go by an ice cream cone for themselves? Way too controlling! I wanted to know what led to this and that wasn't explained so it irked me through the enter book. I hope it is answered later in the series. I don't like any of the adults in this. And I trusted few of the kids/teens. Erin annoyed me. She seems very self-centered and willing to do whatever ...more
Melanie Kilsby
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-reads
This book had me dangling for more with each chapter. I loved the characters and how they changed throughout the story. I love how the author picked up the pace and added in things that I wouldn't think of which was awesome! The only thing I was still left wanting more of...was God. There was subtle hints maybe towards Him...but nothing definite? I am hoping I will find it in sneak!

Kathy Martin
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book begins a middle grade dystopian series. Logan Langly is the main character. He is approaching his thirteenth birthday when he will be eligible to get the Mark which makes him a citizen. With it, he can get a job, buy things, vote. But ever since his older sister Lily went for her mark and disappeared, Logan has felt like he is being watched and followed. His parents think he is paranoid.

Erin Arbitor is a new student at Spokie Middle. She and her father have relocated to Spo
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I brought it home from the library with the same feeling of anticipation I had for Among the Hidden, and it did not disappoint. I did read it slower than I should have, but for three very good reasons.

1. I was mourning the end of Dragon Keeper. Still am.
2. I needed to use my time to fulfill my self-imposed writing quota and, since I didn't have much time and couldn't concentrate during the day, it didn't leave time for bedtime reading for several day
❤ Aly ❤
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed this book and would like to continue the series. Parts of the book moved slow and I could not get into what was happening, however it did not happen very often for me.

The world that the author created seemed like it could be something that really could happen - even in our lifetime. If you don't have the "Mark" you can't get a job or buy stuff, and people can't help you either, so you're pretty much guaranteed to be homeless and live a life of crime in order to survive.

(view spoiler) ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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
This book was amazing! I loved, loved, loved it. It was captivating and very suspenseful, not to mention the author has incredible writing skills. There were numerous words that even I didn’t fully understand, and they flowed naturally in the story. A lot of books try this, but they never come off well—either the big words come off condescending, or like the author purposely put them in there to make it sound “better.” In Swipe, every word flowed, fit with the story, and made the story better. ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: younger readers
Shelves: young-adult
Originally posted at my blog.

Both blurb, title and trailer of this book are extremely intriguing and promising. Unfortunately, the book has its flaws that spoiled the pleasure of reading it, but still - a pretty solid read.

I found the double meaning of swipe in the title very clever - it means "to swipe" the mark in various deviced to get access to something or it can mean a person being swiped, as in MIA.

Although the premise was so good and the writing was strong, it
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

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 hi
Jill Williamson
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Logan Langly is starting school and is only a few months away from his thirteenth birthday. That’s the day when he can get the Mark, which will give him the full benefits of citizenship. He’ll be able to get a job, to buy things, to take the trains. But Logan isn’t sure he wants the Mark. Because when his sister went in to get it, she never came back.

What if Logan goes in and never comes back?

Plus, people are following him and he doesn’t know why. When a new girl starts school and L
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Best Book I've ever read. The Saddest Book I've ever read. I have never anything sadder than this book. I can't describe how sad but how exciting how page turning it was. Am on pins and needles for the next one!
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has suspense on every page! Grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go, not even at the end of the book! I must read the second in the series now...
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those, " I told you so" books, where forewarned is for armed.The world is heading in this direction, and even tough this is a dystopian novel involving teens and the like, it is a foreshadowing of something that is not to be taken lightly.
(Ponder the most important question you may ever have to answer.
Would you trade your immortal soul, for the "swipe mark"to feed, clothe, and house you and your family for the rest of your human life, or would you gladly refuse, make sure y
Brenda A
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Swipe is pretty obviously the same scenario as every other dystopian novel, but it took too long to get to the crux of the whole story. What is the point of the Mark? Why are the Dusters (or whatever they're called) so ruthless with their kidnapping? Why do they kidnap some and not others? Why do they want Logan specifically? They seem to have a lot of manpower despite being a bunch of ragtag group of kids, and they don't seem to have any game plan. They "rescue" kids and then.... what? They're ...more
Caydence Burgess
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this series in the past week. The first three were very good, but the fourth was disappointing. The way the third left off, I wanted to find out what happened to Logan and his friends. Then the fourth is set a few years later and has completely different main characters. No real plot ending to the series.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, and I highly compared it to Unwind. It is a great book and I suggest reading it if you like science fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, or futuristic Sci-Fi
Aliyah Inez
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
It was cool at first but things started to repeat over and over again... not sure if I will find myself reading the whole series.. and this was just my opinion.
Swipe was generally a good read. The writing is geared toward the younger set, and it is primarily a mystery with dystopian flavor. In the American Union, the Mark is the gateway to adulthood. Pledge yourself to the government on your thirteenth birthday, receive your Mark, and gain your freedom to get a job, to shop, to do everything normal, model citizens do. But what happens to those that don’t come back from their Pledge? Supposedly they don’t exist; they are only a myth, an idle threat parents a ...more
Kar Achondo
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
About the Series: I loved the Swipe series so much! I was like glued to the pages. The entire series has a lot of amazing elements that would keep you intrigued and always wanting to know more. It's originally a dystopian series intended for middle grade and high school kids, but I think it's enjoyable even for adults.
This world is set after several wars and global destruction and it's really futuristic in looks and organization. People in this world have access to a lot of technology and
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Evan lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon.

Swipe is his first book. 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 book.

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