The Mark, A Drought, Genetically Engineered Diseas
June 25, 2013
Evan Angler in his new book "Storm" Book Three in The Swipe Series published by Thomas Nelson continues the adventures of Logan Langly.
From the back cover: When the storm breaks, no one will be able to stop it.
In a future the world is united under the power of a charismatic leader, and everyone gets "The Mark" at age thirteen. The Mark lets citizens shop, go to school, and even get medical care-without it, you're on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. But those that have refused are fighting back.
Logan Langly is the unlikely leader of the Markless Revolution. He started out to find his sister Lily, who disappeared during her marking pledge, but now he's fighting for much more. With the threat of a chemically manufactured plague that will potentially kill millions and a drought that is nearing critical mass, someone has to step in.
But when Lily appears with a special mission for Logan, it's difficult to know if he can trust her. And with the weather becoming more and more unstable, a storm is coming that will put everything Logan and the Markless have worked for at risk....
The battle continues. The Government is issuing the mark for the world to buy, sell and medical care. Without this mark it seems you are doomed and an enemy of the Government. If you read the Bible Book of Revelation then you know that receiving this mark puts you at odds with God. Logan skipped taking the mark and now he is being hunted and has become the leader of the rest that have not received the mark. Logan has been looking for his sister and has found out that Lily is one of the commanders in Chancellor Cylis' army. So now the question is can Logan trust his sister or is she a traitor to the Markless? "Storm" is definitely a thriller with everyone at risk. Mr. Angler has given us a thought-provoking fresh look at the Last Days of The Tribulation. "Storm" is great fun, filled with truth told in a convincing manner. And even though the target audience is the youth I believe the adults will enjoy it equally. I recommend this book highly and am already looking forward to the next book in this series.
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So now we come to Storm, the third in the series. Logan and his loyal friends manage to get to Beacon. They have heard tales of the terrible prison DOME maintains there. Logan must get inside and rescue his sister. But when Logan finally manages to get to his sister, it is not as he thought. She is not a prisoner and it appears she has become a loyal soldier in the DOME forces. Logan is not sure if she has been taken in by DOME or if she is feigning loyalty. Logan and most of his friends escape Beacon and head west. But his Marked friend, Erin, is getting deathly ill. It seems that a plague had been designed to take out the Markless but something has gone wrong. Soon more and more of the Marked are dying. Will Logan be able to keep Erin from death?
This series just keeps getting better and better. The future technology is great. Buildings hundreds of stories tall with layers of sidewalks. Huge screens on the sides of the buildings. Rain assured by a weather machine (until that machine is sabotaged and the country suffers from severe drought). There are small spheres that transport people. It is great future fiction.
The Christianity of a couple of characters becomes crystal clear in this book. I was a bit concerned about previous volumes in this series, but it is all coming together. The plagues, the droughts, the unified leader, the Mark...it is the book of Revelation coming alive for young readers.
And there is a nifty surprise in this book. The characters come across a book called Swipe and read it. They agree the author got it pretty much right. And Angler even makes a cameo appearance. What fun. At the end we are left in suspense, waiting for the next installment.
This is a great series for middle school and teen readers. Logan is a great hero. There is lots of action and much to talk about. I highly recommend this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Ok, so I am so hooked on this series I cannot wait for the next one. Somehow, I thought that it was a trilogy and Storm would wrap it all up, but instead Angler ramped up the story and increased the suspense. Absolutely do not read this book out of order, you must read Swipe and Sneak first. While this book is based on Christian themes, there is absolutely no preaching because it is set so far in the future that religion has been deemed divisive and thus not allowed. Though the reading level of this book is 8-11 year olds, it is definitely geared more toward the understanding of teens. Most 8-10 year olds would not understand the under currents in the themes that run through the books. I recommend this to all YA readers looking for exciting books that portray a struggle of good against evil, but many older readers will enjoy them, too.
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!