Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Storm (Swipe #3) by Evan Angler (Review + 2 Giveaways)

Published: May 7th, 2013 (Thomas Nelson)
Pages: 265
Rating: 5/5
In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark allows citizen to shop, go to school, and even get medical care--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. Ever since, he's been on the run from government agents and on a quest to find his sister Lily, who disappeared when she went to get her Mark five years earlier. His journey leads him to befriend the Dust, a vast network of Markless individuals who dissent against the iron-grip rule of the government. Along the way to the capital to find Lily, the Dust receive 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.

In "Storm," Logan and his friends are the leaders of the Markless revolution. But while some Markless are fighting Chancellor Cylis' army, the Dust is busy trying to find a cure for a horrible epidemic sweeping through the Marked. And it's difficult for them to know who to trust, especially when they aren't sure if Logan's sister Lily, one of the commanders in Cylis' army, is on their side or not. And all across the nation--and the world--the weather is become less stable, and a storm is brewing that bigger than any of them could have ever imagined....[Description from Goodreads]
Wow…just wow. This series gets better and better with each new installment. The intensity has built over the three books, and Storm doesn’t fail to captivate. Highly recommended.
I’ve really come to appreciate the world-building of the Swipe Series, especially after reading Storm. Evan doesn’t leave any detail unaltered to fit into his unique post-apocalyptic world. It’s fun in itself just to dissect the workings of it all.
Storm was very angst-y, more so than the last two books. There’s a bit more violence, and a lot of death. Nothing’s gory or anything, it’s just very emotionally distraught, and the connection readers have built up with the characters only proves to suck you into their emotion.
I loved the underlying theme of how we can only do so much in our own power. The Dust, Logan specifically, are heroes now. They have a super-hero complex. They’re a group of kids, hopping from one crisis to the next, saving their country (and the world) one step at a time. But in they encounter speed bumps along the way. They fall to rock bottom; who’s going to save them now? Who’s going to save Logan when he’s been everyone’s hero? I love how they all being to cry out to a Hero who’s strong enough to save them all.
I also liked how Evan kind of included himself in on his own book. I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t go into detail, but it’s a pretty awesome concept of how he tied himself and his books into the plot of his story.
I’ve loved seeing Evan’s writing evolve in these past three books. Going off the ending of Storm, I’d say there’s a fourth book coming our way. Hopefully soon. J I’m not sure I can live with that kind of ending for very long. Storm is a great deal darker than either Swipe or Sneak, featuring many intense themes (and so much betrayal! Oh my word, the feels!). As far as family-friendliness goes, I’d say this is a good read for mature middle grade readers and teens. I was very impressed and can’t wait to see what Evan throw at us next.
Quick Content Review: *may contain spoilers*
Language: None
Violence: Mild-Moderate
Sexual: None
About the Author…
Evan lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon.
Swipe is his first book. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about it, and you didn't hear anything from him. Don't make eye contact if you see him. Don't call his name out loud. He's in enough trouble already.
And so are you, if you've read his book.

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