“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 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 Logan even sacrifice his own freedom, choosing to act through faith alone?”
Aaaaagh! I love this series so so much! Sneak is the second book in The Swipe Series, if you haven’t already read Swipe then I suggest you start there! You can find my review for Swipe here.
So I was completely in love with the first book in this series, Swipe. And the second book did not disappoint! It was thrilling and gripping and had everything that I loved about the first book!
There was some really strong character relationships and the world it’s set in was even more mysterious and realistic. The idea that many people have chosen not to follow a government they disagree with for a variety of reasons, be it religion or just freedom is refreshing. I like the range of reasons and the way every character we meet has their own story to tell.
So why oh why did I rate this book 3 stars? I hear you cry. Well, there were two main things that let this book down, that made it not quite as excellent as it’s predecessor.
First, everything seemed a little too easy. Now that’s not to say they didn’t face challenge after challenge, because they really did. However, every challenge seemed to be overcome with very little difficulty. I like my characters to face impossible odds, and for everything to seem lost and about to give up hope before some genius idea or miraculous event comes along to overcome the odds.
Secondly there wasn’t enough emotion in the book for me. Some absolutely heartbreaking and shocking moments happened in this book, but out of me and all the characters I seemed to be the only one really feeling anything. (*something bad happens* me- *crying* oh no heartbroken, life over, WHY WHY WHY? Characters- oh that’s bad, that bad thing happened, that’s quite bad. Anyway…)
Hopefully we’ll be seeing more if the characters emotional responses in the third book, which I am still super excited to read! The author is superb at leaving you wanting needing to read the next book!
So overall, I recommend you give this fab little dystopian series a go.