Saturday, July 11, 2015

Book Review: Sneak (Swipe Series, #2) by Evan Angler

Title: Sneak (Swipe series, #2)
Author: Evan Angler
Published by: Thomas Nelson (2012)

My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭


When Logan Langly backed out of getting the Mark and went on the run, no one thought he could survive on his own. Without the Mark, you can't buy food, go to the doctor, or use a tablet--you aren't even a citizen.

But when he discovers that his sister is being held in a mysterious hidden prison named Acheron, Logan risks everything to travel through an underground network of the Markless to rescue her.

Logan arrives only to find that Acheron holds more secrets than anyone could have guessed and that all his careful planning is worthless against a government that will do anything to gain absolute control.

It seems there is only one place to turn. But can a banned book with whisper-thin pages and warnings about the real meaning of the Mark really hold the Answer?

My Review:

This action-paced, adventure-filled, energetic (can books be energetic?) second novel in the Swipe series was full of bounding action and energy from the first sentence to the last. Never is there a dull moment or a boring scene. There’s always more happening and more mysteries to unravel, at all times. I really enjoyed it and it does not disappoint!

Plot/Writing: This author is truly talented. Though there are countless characters, scenes, clues, and other things to remember at all times, it never once felt confusing. The way it was put together made it simple as possible, introducing different characters at different times and taking time to let you get to know them before moving onto the next set of characters. Each character contributed some way to the plot, as did every scene. After a character served their purpose in the story, they weren’t mentioned again, preventing potential confusion (though I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they showed up in the next book). They showed up, told you who they were, let you get to know them, showed you why they were in the story and then left the storyline once the main characters were ready to go on their own again.

Negatives: The one thing I disliked was when Logan found Lily. It was very unrealistic and seemed very rushed and undeveloped. No emotion or reaction at all; even though Logan wishes it could be different, there was still no emotion from his perspective. On the upside though, I did like Lily’s entrance into the story and the way she played into it. 

Ending: The book ended well, too. It wasn’t all finished up, of course, because there’s more books in the series. But it didn’t end on a cliffhanger. The author at least gave some satisfaction, some element of tidying up the story without completely finishing the story off. I’m super excited to see where the story goes in Book 3, as I love all these characters so much.

Themes: ALSO: How can I forget the Christian themes that have been working in the story all along but now have only become obvious? They were done AMAZINGLY! I am now beginning to see the themes behind the whole series and they awe me. I love the way that in the first book it seemed to be just an average dystopian type novel but by now you know it’s a Christian book. I love it so much. I am super super excited to read book 3! 

It did take a few chapters to get into the story, but once you got in, it’s hard to put down. If you liked Swipe, don’t miss this second addition! :)  

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