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.
I decided to review Swipe because of several reasons. One, I like all things tech and gadgets. And it definitely had a lot of that in it! Second, I believe that the “Mark” is a very real possibility in the future, and I wanted to see how the author portrayed it and how it was used. Last, it sounded like an interesting story line!
I wasn’t disappointed. It was really good, and surprisingly realistic. Logan sounded and felt like a real person. The technology was believable. And the ending was totally unexpected! And yet not surprising at the same time.
I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter and couldn’t put it down. And I can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out! I’m giving this 4 stars out of 5. I’m only taking away a star because of a couple times it was a little hard to understand… needed to be re-worded.
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