Monday, September 10, 2012


Sneak, Swipe Series, Evan Angler, Thomas Nelson, Action/Dystopian/Suspense, September 4, 2012, 288 pages.

Synopsis: 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?

My thoughts: Considering that book one, Swipe, was less gripping, I enjoyed Sneak a great deal more. Catching the reader back into the story took a bit of time (about 50 pages or so), but it speeds up again quickly. The plot was thought-out and executed extremely well. True to his name, Angler did wonderfully in delaying the introduction of Biblical text and warnings, drawing in and hooking many readers in book one to consider what it says about the future in book two. The line of events leading to book three is very real, very believable. It's quite frightening, really.

The characters were much better this time around, in my opinion. Angler did well in stressing the real-life consequences of what each had done earlier, not just their good intentions. They each experience growth in trust, caution, and a grasp of what they are up against. The way it's heading, the ending of this series is promises to be a cunning match.

*This book was provided free by Thomas Nelson, in conjunction with Team Novel Teen. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*

My rating: 4 stars

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  1. Yes, I think that's why I loved Sneak so much. I mean, really I could see most of what happens in the book really happening in America some day. Yup, it's frightening alright.

  2. Nice review, Noah! I'm looking forward to book three as well. I wonder when it releases...?

  3. It is realistic isn't it. I think that is what grips people so much in dystopias, that it could be where we are headed someday. Great review.