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.
What can I tell you about Swipe ?
Swipe is an apocalyptic dystopian fiction. Set at a time in a future in North America where all religions are eradicated, the American Union institutes something called the Inclusion. Basically, the Inclusion offers all citizens with supplies like food, transportation, entertainment, etc., and whatever that may have once been considered spiritual is to be prohibited. While the Inclusion preaches patriotism and peace, one can only receives all benefits of citizenship, including employment, if he/she chooses to be marked. For those who are markless, no supplies are offered, and since no jobs are given to those who are not marked, it may seem the easiest and most obvious choice for anyone to get the Mark and accept the Union’s offer. But if everyone is willingly marked, then I guess there won’t be much of a story to share, right? 😉
So, here… we have Logan, a twelve-year-old who is waiting to be marked on his 13th birthday. Due to some unfortunate happenings in his family a few years ago, Logan is constantly worrying about his safety. People assume he is just paranoid, but is he? As unusual things start happening to his friends, Logan decides to find out if those who are unmarked are rebels that are moronic or if they are in fact trustworthy people that can help him to be saved from those who are true morons.
What I love about this story is the use of third person narration. Instead of telling us any conspiracy theory upfront, we get to experience the social unrest through the lives of a few teenagers. It is interesting to watch the implications of getting marked without being told whether this is something good or bad. I personally enjoy the way how the story unfolds as I feel I’m being given my own breathing space to ponder and derive my conclusion. I guess it would be a much less satisfying experience if a certain theme is being forced or imposed upon, and luckily, this isn’t the case here.
What I can say is that Swipe offers an exceptionally exciting introduction to an undoubtedly action-packed series. This story is thrilling, entertaining and suspenseful, and I had so much fun reading the book! I’m going to stop writing now, as I am snatching my copy of Sneak, which is the next installment in the series.
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