Thursday, May 09, 2013

Blog Tour/Review/Giveaway: Storm by Evan Angler

Title: Swipe
Author: Evan Angler
Series: Swipe #1
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN13: 9781400318360
Format: Paperback, 275 pages
Genre: YA, dystopia, adventure, sci-fi
Source: blog tour
Goodreads
"Apocalyptic dystopian fiction at its best. Angler's sharp wit and dexterity with political themes are matched only by the thrilling suspense on every page." --Lis Wiehl, "New York Times" bestselling author and FOX News correspondent

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.
Title: Sneak
Author: Evan Angler
Series: Swipe #2
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN13: 9781400318421
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Genre: YA, dystopia, adventure, sci-fi
Source: blog tour
Goodreads
"Apocalyptic dystopian fiction at its best. Angler's sharp wit and dexterity with political themes are matched only by the thrilling suspense on every page." --Lis Wiehl, "New York Times" bestselling author and FOX News correspondent

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?
Title: Storm
Author: Evan Angler
Series: Swipe #3
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN13: 9781400321971
Format: Paperback, 266 pages
Genre: YA, dystopia, adventure, sci-fi
Source: blog tour
Goodreads
In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark allows citizen to shop, go to school, and even get medical care--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. Ever since, he's been on the run from government agents and on a quest to find his sister Lily, who disappeared when she went to get her Mark five years earlier. His journey leads him to befriend the Dust, a vast network of Markless individuals who dissent against the iron-grip rule of the government. Along the way to the capital to find Lily, the Dust receive 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.

In "Storm," Logan and his friends are the leaders of the Markless revolution. But while some Markless are fighting Chancellor Cylis' army, the Dust is busy trying to find a cure for a horrible epidemic sweeping through the Marked. And it's difficult for them to know who to trust, especially when they aren't sure if Logan's sister Lily, one of the commanders in Cylis' army, is on their side or not. And all across the nation--and the world--the weather is become less stable, and a storm is brewing that bigger than any of them could have ever imagined....
Evan Angler
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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Storm is the continuation of the Swipe series, picking up where Sneak left off to continue telling the story of Logan and the DOME.

I actually began reading Storm without reading the previous two books, and while I felt like I fared perfectly fine by doing so, I do not suggest doing the same. Without knowledge of what happened previously, it was a bit difficult to keep up with a plotline and characters I do not know. I enjoyed Storm immensely without Swipe or Sneak, but I do suggest reading the previous two books in order to be kept up to date with whatever has happened so far.
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