Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Swipe

I can measure how good a book is if I finish it after midnight, willing to sacrifice a few hours sleep because I can't put the novel down. I finished Swipe at about 12:15 because I needed to know how it would end. I should have known that it was the first in a series; I'm ready for the sequel! I know a ton of sixth grade boys who would eat this book up. It has so many elements that appeal to them: a dystopian society, untrustworthy adults, futuristic technology, and relatable heroes.

In the alternative world of the American Union, everyone gets a Mark on their thirteenth birthday so they can get jobs, pay for things, and become full citizens. Since his sister passed away during her procedure, Logan Langley has been nervous. As his thirteenth birthday approaches, he becomes more paranoid that he is being followed. When the new girl, Erin, tells him that her father is investigating Markless teenage criminals and Logan receives a flaming note in his bedroom, he is the most unlikely secret agent ever.

It isn't perfect: at one point Logan recaps everything that happened thus far, and the whole novel could benefit from editing. Also, the cover and even the general feeling of the book are reminiscent of Neal Schusterman's Unwind. Still, these minor quibbles don't detract from how much I enjoyed Swipe.

2 comments:

  1. I'm having such a hard time with this one! I've been reading it for months and am only halfway through. I just can't seem to get into it. I think it really is geared more toward young boys. Do things start to pick up in the second half?

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  2. Uh oh! I thought the beginning was the best part. It was a bit too long for me, but will be huge in my 6th grade classroom.

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