When Logan Langly backs out of getting his Mark, he finds himself leading the Markless revolution with his friends. But while some of the Markless are fighting Chancellor Cylis' army, the Dust is busy trying to find a cure for a horrible epidemic that's sweeping through the Marked. Logan doesn't know who to trust anymore, including his own sister Lily who is a commander in Cylis' army. With instability rushing across the nation, will anyone be prepared for the inescapable storm that's brewing?
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Review 1 for Storm, Swipe Series #3
Dystopian for Middle School Readers
Date:May 10, 2013
MS Grades 5-8 Rating 4 Pre-Publication copy reviewed
Evan Angler returns with his third book in his dystopian series for middle school readers. Set in the future, everyone over the age of thirteen gets “the Mark” except for those who are fighting back like Logan Langly and his friends, the Dust. Logan tries rescuing his sister Lily, only to find she is part of the government’s military force.
In Storm, a deadly epidemic is spreading throughout the Marked, and the weather is becoming less stable, creating a major drought. While the Dust race to find a cure for this bioengineered disease, there are other problems. Some of their friends are captured and brainwashed. Who can they trust when friends become foes and no ones knows who is really on their side? What about the “book” that knows all about their earlier adventures and warns of impending doom? What happens when sabotage is prevented but its prevention causes greater problems?
Angler builds a future world that is not too dark for his readers yet it will cause them to think. The technology, weather spinning out of control, biotechnology and growing government control contribute to the realistic possibilities. Though published by Thomas Nelson, this series has a very subtle faith element. There are allusions to biblical truth. Some could think “the Mark” as being the “Mark of the Beast” mentioned in the Book of Revelations but it is unclear if this is the author’s intention.
The book’s ending is weak, perhaps because the next book, Spark, is coming out in November 2013. The series is a good alternative to the Hunger Games, and suitable for younger readers. Older teens will also enjoy it.
Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance reading copy.
If you’ve never read any of the previous books in the Swipe series, allow me to elaborate on the awesomeness that is Evan Angler’s latest book. Storm continues the non-stop action that I loved in Swipe and Sneak. The apocalypse gets scarier, the plot gets sicker, life gets hopelesser, plus we finally get some insight into Logan’s sister! (Who is totally the awesomest character in the whole thing, Mr. Angler if you’re listening…I really need more about Lily!) Side note: If you, like me, were over “mark of the beast” Christian apocalyptic fiction halfway through “Left Behind,” don’t let it deter you from this fabulous series! Angler takes it to a whole new level. Don’t miss this exciting series!
The third installment in the Swipe Series, this book finds Logan, Erin, and Hailey and the rest of The Dust find themselves struggling to keep the momentum of their Markless uprising, while staying one step ahead of DOME.
Storm picks up right where Sneak left off, making for a terrific third installment in the series! I loved how we got to meet more characters in this book and see a fuller picture of what was going on and how it effected the rest of the nation.
I really liked reading Lily's point of view, and getting to know Connor and see his story intertwine with the others.
Full of action and intrigue, I had the pages turning rapidly throughout. I guess the main thing for me that I didn't like was that the next book doesn't come out till September! So I was definitely left wanting more, in a completely good way! Fast-paced action, and a stunning plot that just get's more complex as it goes, Storm is a great addition to the series. I highly recommend the entire series!
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Review 4 for Storm, Swipe Series #3
Storm is a great read for teens and tweens!!
Date:May 6, 2013
Thoughts:Coming into this book, what I thought was the final book in the Swipe series, I had a good many expectations. The first two had been very good books with solid plots, stunning twists and characters that I enjoyed. I expected the third to live up to what had gone on in the first book and to deliver the same, not to mention a good ending. The book delivered :D (coming into this review I thought it was the last book, turns out there is a book four coming later this year :P) Logan Langley has just escaped from the rumored Markless prison for Markless and flunkees of the Mark. He tried to rescue his sister, only to discover that she had been brainwashed and betrayed him. He has also learned about the terrible illness project titled Trumpet that is aimed to killing Marked people with a disease originally created to kill Markless people. He, Hailey, Erin and Logan set out to find the doctor who created the disease and see if she can help cure Erin, she has somehow caught it and they are scared that the illness will be activated into the population any day! They have to find some way to stop it, before it is too late. Also there is a drought over the entire country because he weather mill has been broken by sabotage. For some reason their leader has been asking people to plunge his country into this drought, it will kill them! As Logan's friends the Dust work to find their friends and cause general havoc amongst the secret-no-longer Marked police, called I.M.P.s. A storm is coming.
Pros:The characters are really great. Logan is a slightly above average kid who is fighting for what he believes is right. And he really is a good guy. Hailey and Erin are great girls characters that are strong and sure. But still totally girls in the emotional way, it's just that they happen to be great at causing riots and making plans and hacking computers. Seriously, they're cool. The Dust (a group of rebel, Markless kids) made me laugh, especially Tyler. I loved their pranks on the IMPs that were also geared toward the purpose of finding their friend. This is just a wonderful Dystopian/end times/adventure/exciting book for Tweens and young (or old) teens. This is definitely a book that I would recommend to my siblings and it's clean and Christian! The world is a cool dystopian one and the history of the broken ending world is one that I enjoyed hearing about. I really liked reading the description and loved several of the settings that occurred in this series. The plot kept rolling and I was definitely surprised by several things that came up. Mainly the ending and a couple other things along the way. Although some I did suspect the "big reveal" was still a surprise to me. Sorta. I could kinda see how perfect it would end up and then it kinda did...well it's hard to explain. ending was left a little open, a little mysterious (okay a lot) and was just about perfect. Also, I loved how the book Swipe was read by the characters and mentioned, I really like how the author "lived" in that world and "was running too". It's cool :D
Cons:The ending seemed a little like a spin off of Jesus :/ I didn't like or agree with that part of the ending and otherwise I had no problems with this book. Content wise there was one use of suck, some brief violence of riots, arrests, attacks, the death of many Marked citizens due to the illness and torture of sorts. (like animated/computer game type torture :P) Overall, this was a great ending to a very exciting book and it definitely lived up to the other books in the series. I really love this series. I liked the book a whole lot and I just loved the ending. Mr.Angler did a good job, just don't let anyone know it was him *winks* And the book was interesting and a page turner :) I would definitely recommend this series to young Christians teens/tweens and girls and guys who love adventure, are just getting into dystopian type genres and are looking for an exciting, clean series to enjoy! I received a free copy through Team Novel Teen and the publisher.
If you have been keeping up with these banned books by Evan Angler you know everything is not as good as General Lamson has lead us to believe. If not for the efforts of Dust we might never have been made aware of these problems, problems that came to light through the illegal activities of Dust, Logan Langly, and Erin Arbitor.
After 10 years of negotiations the world has been unified, but Global Union does not mean global peace. Markless protests are continuing and the drought is continuing bringing a shortage of food for the American State. But beneath it all is subterfuge and sabotage, someone or something is bringing unnecessary suffering and the question is why?
Lily Langly, who was long thought dead, is a an IMP in Beacon City. For some reason Cylis head of the European State wants to speak with Lily. Cylis has a mission for Lily, a mission that could affect the world and cost Lily her life.
But Lily isn't willing to risk everything she's achieved to accomplish Cylis's goal so she reaches out to Dust and her brother. Will love blind Logan to the chance that Lily may betray them or is his trust in his sister justified? Can they stop the permadrought before it is too late?
Logan has questions that only one person can answer. But Beacon is looking for him, can he get in and out undetected?
Storm is as nerve-wracking and intense as Swipe and Sneak. Don't miss out on the third offering of this exciting series. Discover the truth for yourself before it is too late! Logan needs you to join in the fight and to refuse the Mark - your life depends on it!
I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher: Thomas Nelson for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.