Today I’m participating as a blog tour host for the Sneak blog tour organized by YA Bound.
In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark lets citizen shop, go to school, and even get medical care — but without it, you are on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. Those who do . . . disappear.
Logan Langly went in to get his Mark, but he backed out at the last minute. Now he’s on the run from government agents who will stop at nothing to capture him. But Logan is on a mission to find and save his sister, Lily, who disappeared five years ago on her thirteenth birthday, the day she was supposed to receive her Mark.
Logan and his friends, a group of dissenters called the Dust, discover a vast network of the Unmarked, who help them travel safely to the capital city where Lily is imprisoned. Along the way, the Dust receives some startling information from the Markless community, opening their eyes to the message of Christianity and warning that humanity is now entering the End of Days.
When the Dust finally arrives in the capital, it seems that all their careful planning is useless against a government that will do anything to bend its citizens to its will. Can the gentle words Logan has found in a tattered, banned Bible really stand against the most powerful military the world has ever known? Can Logan even sacrifice his own freedom, choosing to act through faith alone?
Sneak is the second book in the Swipe series. At the end of Swipe (see my review here), Logan backed out of getting the Mark on his 13th birthday. Before he escaped from the Center, he learned that his sister, Lily, who disappeared when she was supposed to get Marked five years ago, was still alive and was kept somewhere in the Beacon City on the east coast.
Not having much of a plan, Logan decides to go and find his sister. Because he has nothing (no money, no food, no supplies), his only option to travel is to use the network of the Markless. But can he trust anyone now that he is being hunted by the government?
As you can imagine, there is a lot of chasing going on in this book. New characters are introduced, which means Logan is now exposed to a whole new level of risks of being betrayed and captured. I like that the action scenes are exciting and well-paced. I feel drawn to keep reading and before I know it, Logan is already meeting up with old acquaintances in the underground of the buildings in the Beacon City.
Unexpectedly, there is something going on towards the end of the book that I totally didn’t foresee and I was like, “whoa, this is so not something I would have even thought about” but I must say I like the twist as the plot is ingenious and amusing.
What I find really heartwarming is that although Logan is only thirteen years old, he demonstrates an unyielding determination when it comes to seeking the truth about the disappearance of his sister. His love for his sister is immeasurable and I felt choked up when he was almost killed on his way to reach Beacon City.
Brilliantly written, Sneak is well-thought-out, fun and thrilling. Since this is published as Christian fiction, the element of Christian faith is present. Personally, I like how the message of faith and freedom is handled in the book (although I must say that the message here is somewhat louder than when it was first presented in book one). If you welcome an action-packed series that is also thought-provoking, I’d suggest you get hold of a copy of the Swipe series. I think you may like it.
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.
- 10 Paperback copies of Swipe and Sneak, US and Canada only.