Storm (The Swipe Series, 3) / by Evan Angler
Thomas Nelson (May 7, 2013), ISBN 978-1400321971
MS Grades 5-8 Rating 4
Pre-Publication copy reviewed
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.
Disclaimer: 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 for the advance reading copy.
Carol R. Gehringer