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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 oWhen 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?...

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ISBN : 13650355
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Sneak Reviews

  • Anagha Uppal
    2019-04-02 20:32

    A few days ago, I posted a review of Book 1 of Evan Angler's series, Swipe. In that review, I mentioned many reasons why I fell in love with this series, including a return to classic dystopian elements and high action and suspense. But I haven't discussed the biggest reason I respect Evan Angler's amazing series - the world.Many dystopian tales deal with oppressive governments, the country in shambles, and the people living in squalid conditions. As entertaining it is to read about such circumstances (I know, we're sadists), these worlds are not entirely believable. Even after an apocalyptic event such as a war or famine, people in the US don't just lose their inherent independence, and their ultimate goal toward a comfortable existence. Do you really believe that the public (in the near future) would just accept a government's tyranny and cruelty without question, leaving one or two teenagers to suddenly realize - "Hey! This isn't fair. This isn't right!" This isn't North Korea - in most of these books, the people haven't been systematically brainwashed like in 1984.No, I'm not trying to ruin dystopian tales for you. Even as I say this, I'm planning to read a book having the above inconsistencies... and I'll probably enjoy it too.The point to all this is that Angler has been uniquely smart enough to overcome such flaws. In his world, the people are given a choice - comfort or freedom. Here, the Marked do not live in constant fear of the government; on the contrary, if you accept the Mark, you are promised ultimate comfort, access to mind-boggling technology, and an easy life. The only thing the leader would ask in return would be your freedom to choose. I'll let Peck himself elaborate:"You see, Logan, Cylis gave the world the easy path, and the world took it. Can't blame anyone for that, really--we'd had it pretty hard up until then. War, famine, plague, a devastated economy, environmental destruction..." Peck was quiet for a moment."The things we fight for... have fought for, throughout history... they're the liberties. The right to speak your mind, the right to be happy, the right to worship the way you want, to be treated equally...""Dictators of the past took those freedoms away. And the world always fought back.""But Cylis never took anything. He offered. Offered alternatives to freedom that made life so easy, who could turn them down?""The Mark, the Religious Inclusion, the Global Union...they all share a single goal: to give us a life so easy that we want to surrender our freedoms. A life so easy that we want to hand over our individuality and abandon choice. Because to keep them is to take the difficult path." Peck sighed. "The world was ready for things to be a little easier. And choices are hard."I really can't follow that with any critiques of my own.Therefore, you should read this series because - 1) It has a believable world.2) It doesn't have teen angst and drama, it's simple and to-the-point.3) It's moralistic. At the end of the day, I want to read something that will make me think, that will help me appreciate what I have now and the human capacity. And that's exactly what this series will give you - in addition to a riveting story, it will show you just how meaningful your freedom to choose is, as evidenced by the quote above.3) Each book so far has ended with amazingly-crafted cliffhangers. Stripping everything else away, it is a smart thriller with suspense and twists on every page. I don't think I can wait long enough for Book 3!

  • Ember
    2019-03-30 19:46

    3.5I liked this book better than book one. Now that the story is unfolding, it's keeping my attention better. I plan on finishing the series. Hopefully, it will keep getting better. :)Clean rating: I believe there was some brief violence.

  • Jenni Arndt
    2019-03-26 17:36

    You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.When I finished Swipe earlier this year, I can remember very clearly turning the last page and thinking "NO! It can't possibly be over!" So when I got the tour invite for Sneak, I jumped at the opportunity. Evan Angler has put together a strong dystopian world unlike any I have read before. What is so fascinating to me about the world of The Swipe Series is that it's not a typical dystopia where people's rights were forcefully taken from them against their will. Instead we have a world where the citizens were offered alternatives that made their lives easier and they willfully handed over their individuality and abandoned choice.In Sneak we catch up with Logan immediately where Swipe left off, he has fled from Spokie and is on his way to find Lily in Beacon. Following him along his journey to save her made for an engrossing read. He meets back up with the Dust and they come across their fair share of turbulence, of course things can't go as planned right? In Sneak we find a much bigger network of the Markless and it creates an intense feeling of an impending uprising. They communicate with one another and are always there to help a fellow Markless out, I really enjoyed this aspect of the story as it made discontent in the American Union feel more defined and almost practiced.Another part of this series that keeps me loving it is the strong female characters. Sure Logan is our MC and he's basically the driving force but Haylie and Erin are really the brains of the operation. Haylie really stood out in this one for putting her neck out for Peck & the Dust as well as her secret agent spy skills! And Erin is once again front and center with her tablet hacking right into DOME's systems and showing them who's boss! Also, Haylie's mother and Logan's grandma even throw themselves into the mix which made for an interesting little side story. Mr. Angler definitely has a knack for writing sassy, strong women and that is something that I will always appreciate as a reader.There are quite a few twist and turns along the road in Sneak and it definitely keeps you on your toes. Reading this follow up was just as satisfying as reading the first book in the series and once again it left me with just enough lingering questions to have me pining for more. If you're looking for a fun, clean, rather innocent dystopia then The Swipe Series is a great place to start.A Copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Claire
    2019-04-17 21:23

    What it's about: Logan is back and he is still on the run from DOME. Peck and the Dust are still out there, trying to find out about where Lily is being kept. Erin is missing Logan and desperate to find out where he is. The journey continues with the Markless against DOME and all the secrets hidden along the way.What I thought: I couldn't wait to start reading Sneak ever since I got my hands on my copy. I thoroughly enjoyed Swipe and couldn't wait to see where this sequel was going to take me and it certainly didn't disappoint. We pick up about a month after we left off and the action doesn't stop for a second. We meet many new characters and revisit old ones. This time, there are many more Markless involved, and plenty of Markless sympathizers. They all most get caught a few times but it makes the adventure all the more fun. But what I loved the most was the small twists along the way - nothing was as it seems and everything is bigger than they believe. If you have read Swipe, definitely pick this one up and find out what happens next. If you haven't read Swipe, well why not? Hurry up and grab a copy because you won't be disappointed!the good: It has been left open for another book. I have my fingers crossed!the bad: I felt as if some parts were lacking. The book wasn't so much about the journey, but rather the end result and after everything we hear about DOME and the Markless and this massive journey, I find it hard to believe they made it, relatively unscathed.Rating: 4 bookstacks

  • Emily Ann
    2019-04-09 15:30

    4.7/5.0 Not as good as the first. Read this on the whole plane ride. That was fun.

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2019-03-27 22:18

    About this book:“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?”Series: Book #2 of the “Swipe” series. (Book #1, “Swipe”, review Here!) (There are currently four and waiting for the fifth) {More about this series: “Find out in the first book of this exciting series that is "Left Behind" meets "Matched" for middle-grade readers.”}Spiritual Content- Mama & Papa Hayes are Christian & quotes Scriptures; Different Bible stories are mentioned; Grandma Langly is a Christian & prays; Logan read the Bible & tries to understand why it’s “dangerous”; “When the Saints” is sung; Talks of God & witnessing; A couple of Scriptures are quoted; “In the name of Cylis” and “thank Cylis” (the ruler/god’s name) is said; Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blimey’, a ‘bloody’, a ‘crummy’, a ‘darn’, a ‘dimwit’, a ‘dumb’, a ‘screwed’, a ‘sheesh’, a ‘shoot’, a ‘sucker’, five ‘idiot’s, and nine ‘stupid’s; A curse is said but not written; Sarcasm; Slurs about those who have the Marks and those who do not; Erin thinks of sad things to make her cry (semi-detailed); Awful things are said about Acheron (detailed); Sexual Content- The whole boyfriend/girlfriend/who-likes-who/crushes are rarely mentioned in this book compared to the first book in this series. -Logan Langly-Erin Arbitor -Daniel Peck-Hailey Phoenix P.O.V. switches between them, The Dust, and a man, Mama Hayes, Mr. & Mrs. Langly, Grandma Langly, Mr. Arbitor, Mr. Cheswick, Bridget, Andrew, & The Advocate (all at least once). Dystopia 274 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- One Star (and a half)Early High School Teens- Two StarsOlder High School Teens- Three Stars My personal Rating- Three Stars There was lots more Spiritual content in “Sneak” than “Swipe” which I like, still it’s an interesting plot. Link to review:http://booksforchristiangirls.blogspo...*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

  • Mitch
    2019-04-12 23:37

    As dystopians go, Sneak doesn't have the most original or unusual of premises, but there's still quite a bit to like, some really good supporting characters, quite a few unexpected twists to the story, but most of all Angler's no nonsense approach to storytelling. I enjoyed this book, even if there's nothing I really haven't seen before. And it's a pretty good sequel to Swipe.The plot as a whole plays out as I expected, Logan and his friends on the run from the government, trying to rally the Marked but especially the Markless and save his sister locked up in a prison somewhere. What's different is that there are lots of points of view; a chapter might switch between different characters nine or ten times. I guess it's both good and bad, good because I really liked some of the supporting characters once I got to know them, simple things like Meg dropping a huge spider on Jo's head, but Angler also likes to build up suspense, putting one character in trouble, then switching to another character for a while. Kinda infuriating at times.But that also means I liked these characters enough I really wanted to know what was happening to them too, I guess. Logan didn't really stand out much as the sort of savior character, but Erin, Hailey, and especially Logan's Grandma were really good. Erin, working for the government against Logan and his friends, I really like how she's trying to figure out where her loyalties lie as she spends more time with the Markless, and has to finally make her choice once she's confronted with the truth. Hailey, she and Erin are like on polar opposite sides, yet there are a few scenes that still show how similar they are despite their differences. And Logan's Grandma, way cool for a spunky older character, I really like how she surprised me here, played an inspiring role even if she really didn't do much.Actually, I got the feeling this entire book was supposed to be inspiring, from all the people who stick their necks out and help Logan and his friends on their journey, to the Markless who stands out against the government when the time comes, even if, yes, a few of them don't have the guts to do it. It's all very believable. But the ending was also sort of a letdown, I get the message that Logan's really more of a symbol and the Markless can do really great things once they rally to the cause, but it just wasn't as epic as I'd hoped mass rallies and people power would be. And a few characters also draw inspiration from religion - yeah I think it's good to get a wide range, have different characters get their inspiration from different sources - but it's just sort of briefly mentioned, neither subtle nor powerful.Even though the ending wasn't as good as I wanted, I still had fun reading this. And it does set up another sequel, nice because this series is getting good.

  • J.C.
    2019-03-31 18:22

    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!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. 

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. 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.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! :) Like my reviews? Follow my blog:http://beyondtheamethyst.blogspot.com

  • Stephanie Ward
    2019-04-19 21:25

    What would you do if one day, on your thirteenth birthday, you were basically forced to get a Mark - a tattoo on your wrist - that gave you basic rights as a citizen? That's what happens in 'Sneak', the second book in the Swipe series, which follows a group of teens during what appears to be the apocalypse. Logan's thirteenth birthday has come and gone and since fighting back against the government and refusing to receive his Mark - he's on the run. Logan finds out that his older sister Lily, who vanished five years ago while receiving her Mark, is not dead but being held captive in the city of Beacon. With nothing left to lose, Logan and his friends from the Dust - other teenagers who are Markless - set out on a mission to find and free Lily from the mysterious prison called Archeron. Will they make it to Archeron to free Lily or die in the process?Growing up going to church, I have always heard stories and sermons dealing with the "End Times." The Antichrist, the Mark of the Beast - all of this is familiar to me. That might be part of the reason that I was so engaged in this book. It was creepily familiar and had a tinge of possible reality to it that made it all the more engrossing for me to read. It's a great concept with a well written and fast paced narrative regardless of the reader's familiarity with the concepts. The characters are flawed, mostly broken, and completely believable - so it's easy to identify with them early in the book. As I mentioned, the plot deals with the apocalypse and other references from the Bible, such as the Mark and the end of the world. It also threads a story of a single person who rises up against the new government and takes on the impossible task of rescuing his sister.I found the entire story to be a page-turner and I was completely hooked until the end. The novel ends with a great cliffhanger, so I was left wanting more - I wanted to know what happens to the characters and how things were going to end. I couldn't put this book down until the very last page and I am definitely eagerly awaiting the next book. I highly recommend this novel to fans of YA, dystopian, apocalyptic, and thriller genres.Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-04-17 17:21

    It's a good thing that I read the first book or I'm not sure I would have understood what all was going on as we revisit Logan and his friends in Sneak.Logan has thus far avoided the Mark - just barely. In this dystopic society where everything seems perfect for those Marked by the government, evil and corruption lies just underneath all this talk of unity and peace. Logan escaped it in book one and this book picks right up where we left off last time, as the race continues to not only stay out of the government's hands, but also to find those who have been taken.Like the first book, there are times that this story reads too much like a rough outline of a really really good novel. I find myself craving more detail, wanting to see and feel and taste what's going on. The addition of new characters keeps things interesting, but at the same time the characterization seems to suffer for it. I want to know Eddie and Peck and Joanne, and everyone else so much better. Double the length of the book and let us PLEASE just sink into this world and walk around into it!On the other hand the story is exciting and engaging. The Christian elements so loosely introduced int he first book are made clearer here in book two. Yet there's no alter call, no beating over the head with the faith aspect, which I think the readers will much appreciate (I know I really did). I want more. Plain and simple, I want to know what happens next. Things have gone from bad to worse, to oh-my-goodness, you're stopping the book HERE? (Much like the end of Empire Strikes Back in its own way). Recommended? Yes. If you read the first book and were disappointed, do try the second. I think you'll find it much richer and better than the first. but DO read the first one before taking on this, so that the story makes more sense. Hopefully the publisher and author won't keep us waiting too long on the next one...[Reviewed from NetGalley - but the opinions expressed are my own. :) ]

  • Think
    2019-04-12 20:45

    Originally posted at Thinks Books.You might not want to read any further into this review because I am afraid I can't avoid spoilers anymore! Being so vague all the time is too taxing. I did not realize until halfway through Sneak that Swipe is a Christian Fiction series. I am not used to religions being specified in books so it caught me off guard when I discovered that the banned book Logan was carrying around is the Bible. I thought it was very interesting how the whole idea of faith was absorbed into the Dust. It was a freedom and a choice they were allowed to make that means the world to some of them. Logan seems as though he is still apprehensive in his beliefs, but I know whatever evolves out of Storm is going to have things clicking into space.So, Logan and Peck and all these other guys (Dust), are on a mission to find Logan's sister, Lily. She disappeared during her pledge and Logan believes she is being held in a high security prison called Acheron. This poor gang of Dust go through so many life threatening situations, but I still found myself losing interest in Sneak. What is up with that? I really have no idea. I just know that I am really not engaged with any of the characters. Maybe it is because there are so many. LoLAnyways, the writing was very good but a little predictable. Is there anyone out there that did not see the twist with Lily coming? But, I am still forgetting that this is not technically a YA series. Again, not saying this book was bad, but it just didn't really hold my interest the whole time. I kind of had to trudge through it. 3 stars to Sneak.

  • Julie Graves
    2019-04-19 16:29

    It has been a month since Logan has escaped his marking. DOME has been clearing out all of the Markless in an attempt to find Logan. He's managed to stay one step ahead of them so far. Logan is making his way to Beacon where he hopes to find Acheron, a prison that may not exist, and to find his sister who may not even be alive.Mr. Arbitor is being demoted because of the antics of his daughter Erin. Breaking into DOME, stealing equipment and maybe helping a Markless escape causes Mr. Arbitor's boss to send him back to Beacon. Exactly what Erin wanted to happen. Reunited with her mom, Erin was hoping that they could be a family once again. Also realizing that she can once again help Logan, Erin sets out to find him and Acheron in Beacon.Using an Underground Network to help get them to Beacon, The Dust also make their way there to help Logan. Finding Acheron is not an easy task and breaking someone out of it could prove even more difficult.One of the complaints I had about SWIPE(the first book in the series) was that we didn't really get the background of how this dystopian world came about. In SNEAK there is a note from the author filling in some background which was very helpful. While the SWIPE series is marketed as a Christian series I found very little evidence of that in either book. Logan does get his hands on a Bible in SNEAK, but really there is very little said about it. I think that the series becomes more "preachy" about the government role in our lives rather than a religious role. That is very understandable considering that the series takes place in an apocalyptic world that has become "all inclusive." Which really means that the government wants total control. I really enjoyed SNEAK, and look forward to the next installment of the SWIPE series.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-05 15:16

    Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2DKSYVD...Review on my blog (to be posted 4/10): http://christianbookshelfreviews.blog...Sneak was a great continuation to the Swipe series! I enjoyed the book even more than Swipe, book one, which I had read last year. I loved the whole aspect of the symbols and the River (won't say anything else, except I thought it was really cool).The characters were nice and, while I don't think any of them are favorites, I pretty much liked all of them. I was a little surprised by a few things in Sneak and the ending definitely wasn't predictable to me. There were some really suspenseful scenes in Sneak and I found the story very interesting.Overall, I really enjoyed Sneak and recommend it to fans of dystopian and middle grade/YA fiction. I think the series is best read in order, so you'll probably want to read Swipe before Sneak. I'm really looking forward to reading book three, Storm, as soon as I can.*I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

  • Dianne
    2019-03-24 23:46

    This is truly a classic dystopian series dealing with real humans who have made a choice to join the masses, becoming a cog in a huge machine and receive 'the Mark' or to stand up for the freedom to be an individual, making right or wrong decisions on their own, suffering the repercussions if need be.Book two in the Swipe Series takes us through Logan's run for freedom and his search to find Acheron, a prison for the markless filled with horrors beyond comprehension where his sister, Lily, taken five years prior, could be.I was impressed that this book, while a young adult read, did not have page upon page of the often seen teen angst, (not that I don't love a good angst-filled read). These kids are tough, they are survivors, they show the ability to be leaders. They take chances, regardless of the consequences, because they feel its the right thing to do. They are loyal to each other, to the concept of freedom of choice. How many people are strong enough to so?The author has crafted a believable tale, dimensional characters who are human and put them together wonderfully in an action-packed, fast-paced manner. I recommend this as a must read series!I received this copy from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-10 23:26

    Wow. Book one was good. Intrigueing and exciting situations. Book two is better. I entered the story on page one and every page after that. I got to know the characters even better, they really came alive, and their stuggles and mission was something I latched onto. Believable in ever sense, characters, the future world, the govenment, everything. The Christian elements that also came out of this dystopia was perfectly done. I espeicially like how it was all underground and there was a Underground-Railroad with Christian type symbles to it. The only that disrupted the story for me was something with the ending. It wasn't the content but it seemed at the end to give little snipets of events after the main action was over which didn't flow nicly for me. Still a totally enjoyable book. If I was excited after book1, I'm psyched now and am eggerly waiting for book 3.In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through Team Novel Teen.

  • Lisa Godfrees
    2019-03-23 15:20

    I listened to the first book of the series, Swipe, on audiobook last year sometime. It kept hanging around in the back of my head so I picked up the second in the series and I'm glad I did. I finished it in no time.Genre: YA dystopianWorldview: ChristianPros: The story. I didn't realize it when I read the first book (I guess I'm clueless), but this is actually based on Revelation. The good thing is that the references are subtle (obviously). What better set up for a dystopian novel? I'm interested to see how the author finishes out the series. So far, there's been no rapture, so I'm interested in the timeline the author is setting.Cons: The main characters are 13-year-olds who are smart, savvy, and make all adults look like idiots. Not that I have a problem with smart kids, but I would have found it more realistic if these kids had been older. As I read, I have to pretend I don't know how old they are.

  • Nate
    2019-04-16 19:30

    I was reading them to preview them for my teens. Awesome teen books! But I think I will stop at this one. I want to get back to my reading list. :-)

  • Lindsay Doran
    2019-04-21 23:39

    Plot is good but very preachy Christian in a lot of it. Not what I like.

  • Bailee
    2019-03-29 23:46

    BOO! I hate endings that make me second guess everything that I ever perceived as the truth. For some reason, though, authors seem to love them. Probably because it makes everyone eager to read the next book and the next book and so on. Yeah. So, basically I am dying for the next book.I really liked the first book in the Swipe series, it brought to light this dystopian society based on peace through unity and just how real the society could be. It showed the fact that peace and unity comes with a price that is typically paid in blood. Who would want to live in a society like that, right? Who would support such a thing? Well, after facing destruction after destruction, war after war, would it be nice to be offered the promise of peace? I think in the beginning, no one realizes the influence their choices will make and they realize too late that their choices have been taken away. That's the type of world that Evan Angler brings to light in his Swipe series and the resounding questions brought up by the series is what makes it so addicting.Sneak is the second book in the Swipe series and picks up a couple of months after the ending of the first book. It shows just how much of an effect Logan has had on the supposed perfect society and hints towards just how imperfect it really is. I love the beginning chapter of the story because the author has this knack for making it seem so ominous and mysterious. The way that it isn't from a main perspective also adds to the intense nature of the first chapter. If anything, this story will keep you interested until the very end.Logan has continued to grow since the first book where he is portrayed as a boy scared of everything to a young man becoming a hero in the eyes of the Markless. He never planned on becoming a symbol, never planned on making a mark in this society that had been against him from the beginning. But by the end of the novel, it's almost impossible to find the boy that was in the first novel. I almost feel like a proud big sister or something when I see how much he's matured, grown, and learned throughout the whole story. I admire him for the fact that he remembers who he is, who he has been, and can see who he will be. One thing that he holds true to is the fact that he never purposefully pushes boundaries when he knows he shouldn't. He doesn't force his opinions on anyone, he stays true to himself, and he knows when to back off. I really love Logan, I can't stop rooting for him as the story progresses because like I said earlier, I feel like a proud sister.I was surprised to say the least to see how much of a part Erin still played in the series just based on how it all ended in the last book. She has lost a lot of her selfish qualities from the first book and become a character who just doesn't know what is right and what is wrong. That's her main battle through the whole story. She is desperate to remain faithful to a cause that her parents say is just and yet all she sees is a cause that has destroyed her only friendship. Throughout the story, she maintains a certain amount of innocence that I was determined would disappear by the end of the story and I was right. She gives up blindly believing in anyone and instead bases her beliefs on facts which can't lead her astray. I honestly love her now that I've read this book, I adore her for all of her faults and shortcomings. If anyone deserves a happy ending, it's her.Peck and the Dust play a huge role in this story. Which originally, I wasn't surprised. The Dust has been a major player in the whole series while Peck hid in the shadows like some mythical being. A monster that parents told their children about to convince them to get their Mark. I was excited to get to see more of who Peck was and see that he definitely has a lot of faults that hadn't been previously mentioned. I am still kind of iffy about whether I like Peck or not. As the story progressed, I was constantly considering whether or not to trust him and if he was really worthy of being a symbol. Logan is, without a doubt, but Peck? I'm not so sure. I grew more attached to all of the characters that formed the Dust and felt all of the emotions that seemed to play out in every scene they were in. The friendship they had is falling apart, their faith in the cause dwindling, and in the beginning, you wonder if they will survive the course of the novel.There was a lot of new characters introduced (and Lily actually played a part in the story!) and most of them were what I consider the bad guys of the story. The people that everyone perceives to be the good guys but really, they are the ones with the bad intentions. I was still disappointed though to see that the main bad guy didn't play a major role, in fact I am beginning to think he is a ghost. But who knows? Perhaps the best is going to be saved for last. I am completely addicted to this series. It is totally worth reading. I love it. I can't wait for the next book and can I just say that waiting sucks?

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-03-25 15:23

    Review originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.There are two basic methods by which dystopias nee utopias are formed: through force or through people agreeing to give up their rights in exchange for an easier life. Angler's Swipe series falls into this latter category, along with Anthem. There's something so entirely horrifying about people giving up rights in exchange for peace. Don't get me wrong: I like peace, but I like being able to be myself more.Despite my worries, I read Swipe last year, and was pleasantly surprised. With actual dystopias somewhat thin on the ground as a broader definition takes over, in an effort to make the most of the genre's popularity, Swipe comes as a nice refreshing dose of old school dystopian. Also setting Swipe apart is the youth of the heroes. Though still a YA and not an MG, the main characters are but 13.They are, however, a rather mature 13 for the most part. Most incongruously for their age is Erin's hacking skills. This is something that happens all of the time in fiction: young people who can outhack anyone. I just have a little trouble accepting that child of privelege Erin has picked up these skills. Where did she learn them? However, their youth does shine through when it comes to their romances. This one has less romance than Swipe because the kids are busy with other things, but they react so childishly to romantic things, which is about the only time they read as their age.My favorite aspect of this series is how powerful the two main female characters, Erin and Hailey, are, particularly in comparison to the main male characters. Though Logan has become the figurehead of the Markless movement, he really is not good for much. Mostly he causes trouble and makes unwise decisions. The girls, though, have the talent and the cleverness to really accomplish the group's goals. You all know how much I love books where the female characters are not portrayed as weaker than the men or in need of saving.My favorite character by far is Erin. I love her for her acerbic, antisocial nature and her brutal honesty most of the time. When Logan and Dane are missing at the beginning of school and everyone wants to know where they are, she's the kind of girl who will tell it like it is and say they aren't coming back, who wants to yell at everyone to stop pretending like they care Logan and Dane are gone when they didn't care about them when they were in school. Plus, I love that Erin isn't all good. She totally buys into the Mark and Cylis and everything. She's more complex for her imperfections and her darkness.There are two really wonderful new elements in Sneak that were not in Swipe. First, there's the River. Following the same concept as the Underground Railroad, the Markless have formed the River. This is not an actual river, but a road along which assistance can be found for the Markless if you know how to read the signs. For example, a boat means that there's a person there to help guide you, a captain. There's another sign indicating that a person therein will give you food or a place to sleep. I loved the way he brought history back and thought it was totally authentic. There was, however, some seriously obvious plotting here, because there's a symbol that's a hook, which means, basically, "It's a TRAP!" As soon as I saw that, I knew the kids would miss seeing it and get hooked. They, of course, did. Chekhov rule.Second, there's a literary reference which is unbelievably cool and mad props to Angler for this. He brings in Dante's Inferno. In Sneak, their whole goal is to get to this prison, Acheron, where Logan's sister is supposedly being incarcerated. Well, Acheron is modeled after Dante's vision of Hell, which was just awesome. Acheron won't be less creepy if you haven't read Dante, but, if you're familiar with the Inferno, it adds another level (or 9) of awesomeness.Lastly, I have to talk about religion. As you may or may not know, Thomas Nelson is a Christian publisher. That was what initially gave me pause, but I found little to no religious reference in Swipe. In Sneak, I can now see why a Christian publisher would have chosen this work, but the religion remains very light. I was never annoyed by it, and I'm touchy about such things. In fact, at one point someone sneezes, and the response was 'Gesundheit' and not 'Bless you,' which seems like a little thing but indicates to me that he has no intention of shoving his views down anyone's throat.If you enjoyed Swipe, Sneak will not let you down in the slightest. If anything, I would say Sneak is actually a bit stronger than its predecessor.

  • Becky B
    2019-04-10 16:30

    Falling right on the heals of the events in Swipe, Sneak opens with Logan on the run after flunking and escaping his Pledge (thanks to help from his Marked friend Erin). The Pledge experience, though not pleasant, did yield some useful information...like where Logan's sister Lily was sent, the extremely secret Acheron prison for Markless somewhere in Beacon. But now Erin's dad and DOME are using her to try and track down Logan and the Dust, and in trying to find Logan they are cracking down on Markless everywhere. Though some Markless appreciate the way Logan stood up to the government, others are upset for the way he stirred up DOME against them. Logan doesn't know who he can trust or who is likely to turn in him for the reward on his head. Eventually, with the help and sacrifice of Hailey, Logan is reunited with Peck and the Dust now hiding out on a farm run by Ma and Pa Hayes. Through the Hayes, Peck and Logan learn about the River, an underground system by which the Markless can travel, communicate, and get help. But before they can leave for Beacon as planned, DOME finds the farm and the Dust are divided in their escape. Hailey, Logan, and Dane in one group, and Peck with the other Dust in the other group. Both set out to travel from New Chicago to Beacon via the River.Meanwhile, Erin's dad gets in some hot water for Logan and the Dust slipping through his fingers yet again. He is demoted and sent back to Beacon, which should thrill Erin. After all, she's wanted to go back to Beacon ever since they left, but Erin finds herself missing Logan. She's also upset at the way DOME cracked down on Logan and the Dust. She decides to do some more digging into DOME's files on Logan and his sister, and her investigations lead to some rather disturbing information.Everything is leading to Beacon, where most of the Dust eventually reunite and discover the Markless underworld. Erin's newly found information won't let her rest, and she starts working to find Logan in Beacon. Logan and the Dust eventually do find Acheron and they manage to inspire a major uprising of the Markless throughout the Union, but Lily's rescue does not go at all according to plan and Erin's knowledge reveals the government leaders are hiding much more sinister secrets than just a Markless prison. (view spoiler)[Such as they tried to wipe out the Markless population with biological warfare, but it backfired and is starting to kill many of the Marked instead. And Acheron isn't just a prison, it is a brainwashing facility that turns flunkees into the Union's best soldiers. (hide spoiler)]Angler does a good job of keeping the momentum building in this book. He reveals just enough secrets to keep the reader guessing...and reading. It does feel unique, though, in that most dystopian books are highly focused on one or two individuals, but Angler seems more interested in building the world and system than any one character. Many of the characters lack much depth, but then again, it is hard to build depth when characters are scared of showing who they really are or because they are harboring so many secrets. While Swipe hardly mentioned religion, this book reveals that some of the Markless are Christians (though not all by any means). Logan is given a Bible, which is considered a death sentence to carry around, and some of those on the River mention that they think events occurring in the world are those spoken about in Revelation. At the same time, this differs from most other apocalyptic, Revelation-based fiction I've come across in that there are no supernatural occurrences in the book. It is also not pointing out correlations between Revelation and events happening, so the ties are subtle. It still reads more like a normal dystopian fiction series, rather than a televangelist doomsday prophecy. I think that's why I hesitate to read this kind of Christian fiction usually. I am a Christian, and I have no problem with bringing the Bible into stories, but I don't like things that leave a bad taste in the mouth such as repeated ridiculous misreadings of Revelation by certain televangelists who then predict the end of the world on Friday and are a laughingstock on Saturday. This book doesn't leave a bad taste in the mouth. Angler has at least placed events far enough removed from the present world it doesn't feel like an actual prediction of how the end of the world will play out, but just imagination with loose ties to Revelation.Notes on content: No language issues. No sexual content. It is reported there is some violence against Markless but almost all happens off page. There is one shooting that happens that is heard by main characters, but not seen.

  • Kar Achondo
    2019-04-19 17:44

    About the Series: I loved the Swipe series so much! I was like glued to the pages. The entire series has a lot of amazing elements that would keep you intrigued and always wanting to know more. It's originally a dystopian series intended for middle grade and high school kids, but I think it's enjoyable even for adults.This world is set after several wars and global destruction and it's really futuristic in looks and organization. People in this world have access to a lot of technology and everything revolves around it. To be a proper citizen you have to be marked, this mark will allow you to buy things, get different services and all of that through electronic instruments. That's why all the kids are marked when they turn thirteen, so they can start to gain independency from their parents.The government is pretty severe and anyone who opposes it ends up pretty bad, because they show no mercy to "traitors". Most people just accept it how it is, because their leader is really charismatic and everyone feels like they owe him for his intervention which was what made the wars stop. So, pretty much everyone got the mark and now lives by the rules. But, there are some people, the ones that refused to get marked, who live in poverty because without their marks they don't even have access to vital resources, they're call the Markless and they are outcast and are considered scourge.The whole series follows the adventures of Logan, a twelve-year-old who's been afraid of getting the mark since her sister disappeared when she went to get hers. As the series evolves, he learns that not a single thing is how it was supposed to and he’s determined to find the truth and more than anything, to find his sister.The writting in all the books is amazing, Evan's writting makes everything so easy to picture and all the details really enrich the story.About Swipe: In this book, Logan is about to get his mark, and he's terryfied of it. Since her sister disappeared, he has had that feeling of being followed, like someone is always watching him and he can't take it anymore. Luckily, a new girl has arrived to Spookie, Erin, the daughter of one of the DOME (Department of Marked Emergencies) officers and she has just discovered that her father is like some secret spy. Logan and Erin meet in school and soon they discover they had a few thing in common. They'll work together, because both of the mysteries seem to lead to the same suspect, Peck, a markless guy. Without knowing it, they will embark on a risky adventure full of unexpected twists.I loved Logan from the first page. He's authentic, kind, curious and smart; the perfect recepy for an outstanding main character in this kind of book. Erin, on the other hand, I couldn't stand her at first, she was so full of herself, she was selfish and mean to Logan, but with time she starts to get better, thanks to Logan, I think.The ending of this book was totally unexpected for me, I wasn't expecting everything to be so messed up. Trully, this ending blew my mind away.Rating: 4 starsThis contains spoilers. If you have not read Swipe, keep reading at you own risk. About Sneak: In this book, the story resumes where it was left on Swipe. After all the revelations and hard decisions, Logan is running away from the government, determined to find out what really happened to his sister, Lily, no matter what comes his way. In this journey he will get to know a lot of new people and the Dust will play a huge role in all of this. The thing is that while he's trying to find Lily, the new wold order is starting to show its cracks. DOME is determined to stop Logan and has offered a reward for it's capture, because he truly has the power to ruin everything for the corrupt government. Along the way, Logan and Peck find out that Lily is being held in a Markless prision in Beacon City. They will have to face the uncertainty of not knowing who they can trust and they'll have to be really careful because one misstep could get them both captured or worst, killed. In this sequel, we get to know more about Peck and the whole world of the Markless. I love having this new perspective in the story, because it makes everything much more interesting. Sneak is even more action-packed than Swipe and every page would keep you on the edge of your sit.

  • Sarah Kalaitzidis
    2019-03-30 20:37

    This series really draws you in with plot twists. As I began to read this book, I thought that Chancellor Cylis was running some type of cult. As I continue to read, his simple cult turns out to be something much darker. He seems to want to rule the world. He did it in a sneaky way where no one really thinks that’s what he wants. However, his plans seem to involve joining Europe, a key step in global domination. He hadn’t really appeared in the first two books, but I wonder if he would make an appearance in the third book of the series. The plot is more intense this in this book then in the last. There are more moments that want you to hope for the best for Logan and his crew and hope he escapes. You also have moments where you can’t believe that Cylis, the leader of New America, would actually do that to his people. Out on his own, Logan is traveling to where he knows his sister is being kept. He has to learn fast that there is no one out there for him to trust besides “The dust” and Peck. Nowhere is safe for long, as the DOME is catching up to Logan. The plot gets more interesting as you learn about the River, a trail of safe houses for markless to travel on. It's similar to the Underground Railroad. That’s what Logan, Hailey, Dane, Peck and The dust use when they get split up on their way to Beacon. Beacon isn’t anything like what Logan expects it to be when they go to search for the place called Archeron. Now that Logan is on his own, he is not only on watch for people from DOME, but he is also have to learn which markless he could trust and which he shouldn’t. Trusting new people is hard for anyone, and Logan learns that right away that he shouldn’t trust new people right away. Right now all that’s on Logan’s mind is being with his sister. He wants to save her no matter what, even when all of it seems hopeless to do. Logan is more brave in this book then in the first. He is willing to do anything when it comes to saving his sister, even if it means going into the heart of a militarily compound. As for Erin, I’m disliking her more and more for her being on her fathers side, (who works for DOME) instead of the boy who had trusted her. She even turned in Hailey to her father, so that her father would leave her alone. I just don’t like her turning in her friends just like that. Though she soon realizes whose side she should be on. It made me change my whole view on her in just a few minutes as I continued to read the story. Erin even stays with the crew at the end, and even meets a fellow hacker named Shawn. Shawn is the person that lead her to Logan and the others in the first place. Peck is known everywhere in the markless community. You learn in the first book that he is Daniel Peck who was Lily’s (Logan’s sister) friend. He’s popular in the markless community and where ever he goes people know him and follow him. The dust are people who he has saved and they look up to him. Even I’m loving his character as the story goes. He is fit to be the leader along side Logan the two of them makes a great team. Hailey is a girl who is Dane’s and Logan’s friend since forever. Hailey was with the dust for a long time now following what Peck’s. She leaves her home in hopes to find Logan and she does. She’s a great friend, but she's involved in an unromantic love triangle. She likes Logan, who's uninterested in her, and Dane likes Hailey, but she doesn't like Dane. It’s all messed up for her, but she has one mission and that is to help get Logan to Beacon. Dane was a bit annoying in the book. As I mentioned before, he likes Hailey and hates the fact that Hailey likes Logan and not himself. He hates it so much that he stops being friends with Logan for it. He acts jealous and a brat towards Logan, and finally decides to leave that group to stay in a markless village. I'm glad he did it. It caused too much unnecessary jealousy because Logan told Dane countless times that he doesn’t have that kind of feelings for Hailey, but Dane doesn’t listen.I do feel that at the very ending of the book was a bit more rushed, but as long as there is a third book I’m fine with this type of rushed ending.

  • Leah
    2019-04-09 21:40

    http://theprettygoodgatsby.wordpress...."The Marked have community. Boil everything else down and that's what you're left with. That's what they have right now that we don't."Sneak, the sequel to Swipe (published earlier this year) is what I consider dystopia lite: a middle grade-friendly post-apocalyptic novel without all the excess gore and violence of the series that are currently in the spotlight. I'd say readers are better off having read Swipe before jumping into Sneak (or at the very least have a decent amount of knowledge as to what the first book/this series' world is all about). For the most part Sneak does a decent job getting readers up to speed, but there were multiple times where I found myself lost and confused. Totally my fault, by the way. This was not the book's fault.Sometime in the future there's a war and, once again, America finds itself torn apart. The result: Marked citizens (literally. These folks get a barcode-type mark when upon turning 13) and the Markless (who live their lives in hiding).Sneak kicks things off with Logan Langly, the one and only boy to escape DOME facilities. He's now on the run and determined to find his sister (who has been kept in a prison for the past five years). Logan's an interesting character. It's clear he's made out to be a savior symbol; he becomes a beacon of hope for thousands of Markless who have never even met the boy. On the other hand, for countless people he's seen as someone who's made life much more miserable. Since Logan's escape, DOME has really been tightening the reins and amping up their security. Markless have to CONSTANTLY move from place to place.One idea I thought was neat was an Underground Railroad-esque system set in place to aid Markless on their way to a safer place. This system has a nautical theme however, and I liked it! A hook meant there was danger nearby (usually in the form of untrustworthy Marked who appear to want to help), an anchor announced a secure shelter, a captain meant there was someone close who could transport Markless to the next spot, etc."My job is to cover our tracks," Shawn said. "Completely. I'm not about to cut loose just because of a surprise along the way. I don't work like that."And Erin looked at him admiringly. From one hacker to another."Besides," Shawn said. "I don't like free rides if I don't know who's driving. You wanna know who's helping us, don't you? Don't you think it'd just the tiniest bit suspicious?"There are quite a few characters packed into this short novel. Unfortunately, because of the book's length, the sheer number of characters, and the extremely quick scene changes (multiple scenes per PAGE at times!) it became a little hard to get to know this group of kids. For the most part I felt as though I was a mere spectator, watching the drama unfold from afar. I never felt that I was there in the midst of it all. With some of the more minor characters, I completely forgot about them until they were mentioned and even then I couldn't recall the first thing about them.My biggest complaint about Sneak would be the setting. I know it takes place in the future - not sure on the exact date; it's never stated in this novel (perhaps in the first book?) - but some things just didn't add up. I get that it's post-apocalyptic. Technology changed. Yet the parents all knew (and said they grew up with) radios...and somehow the children had never heard of them before. Same with cars. I can't imagine the world could change that drastically in the span of a single generation. Also, at one point a Bible is found, yet the group doesn't know what it is and writes it off as just another book. Again, a single generation?? It doesn't make sense.All-in-all, Sneak was a solid book and a good dystopian novel for children who want to get into the genre but aren't yet ready for the violence that typically goes along with it. Don't make the same mistake I did: I highly recommend checking out the first book before reading this one.

  • Julie Witt
    2019-04-06 19:17

    My Opinion: I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.I didn't think this book (the dreaded second book in a series) would be able to live up to the first one (Swipe), but not only did it live up to it, I honestly think it surpassed it! We got to know the individual characters a lot better as they traveled in groups to Beacon to find a prison that nobody talks about or even knows about (Archeron) and free Logan's sister, Lily. Along the way they meet up with hardship and danger, but not even this will shake them from their goal. They become a family who trust each other and who have each other's backs, even if they don't agree with some of the actions taken by their "leaders", Peck and Logan. Logan is betrayed by one of his own, but this just strengthens his resolve to find his sister. Along the way to Beacon, the groups meet up with people who help them get where they are going, and who offer them food and rest when it is most needed. Some of these people are Marked and some are Markless, but they all agree that something has to change in their Union's leadership. They have a secret network that helps the Markless find their way to safety called the River, and they call themselves "fishers of man," which anyone who has read the Bible will recognize as the words of Jesus himself. It is in essence set up like the Underground Railroad, which I thought was incorporated into the story very well. They call the path the "Unmarked River" and the kids have to look for certain symbols carved into trees and such along the way so they don't get lost and end up in the desert with no food or water. They also have to be very careful to look for any symbol that means the place they are heading is a trap set to catch the Markless, not help them, but they don't always see it, which results in chaos and occasionally violence, but even this does not stop them. There is no religion allowed in their time but Logan is given a (banned) book by a Markless and really enjoys reading the stories in it. Only after his group meets up with the rest of the Dust and they find a huge Markless community that has an underground church in it does he find out that the book he was given was the Bible and the stories in it are true. Yes, this is Christian fiction, but I don't feel like Mr. Angler beats us over the head with it; he weaves the religion seamlessly into the story line and brings it up only when it furthers the story. To a Christian such as myself, this book is a lot more mainstream than straight up Christian fiction, but that is only my opinion. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed how religion was used to stir the pot so to speak, and not just added willy nilly so that it could be called "Christian fiction!"I was also happy with the ending and felt like it set the scene for the beginning of the third book perfectly, and I really don't say that very often! All in all, I felt like this was an excellent second book in what has so far been a very interesting and unique look at Revelations and the Mark of the Beast, showing how anybody who thought independently was ostracized from society and had to try to make it on their own, which was nearly impossible unless you joined a group of Markless to have your back. I thought the world building was excellent and the explanations for how the Earth got to the point that it was were believable and well written. The descriptions were spot on and made me very thirsty when the kids were traveling in the heat with no water! There was definite character growth in this book, which is really what a second book should have - the world building was done in the first book, so I expect the characters in the second book to be at the forefront so we can get to know them and relate to them, and even feel like we are suffering alongside them. In summary, I am giving this book a very enthusiastic 5 stars! I can definitely recommend this series to fans of YA, dystopian worlds, and Christian fiction.

  • Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)
    2019-04-04 15:35

    ***Please note this is book 2 in the Swipe series, this review may contain some spoilers about book one (Swipe)***Sneak picks up a month after the end of Swipe, following his escape from his pledging ceremony, Logan has made it to New Chicago. At the end of Swipe Logan discovered that his sister Lily was alive and incarcerated in a facility named Acheron. All he knows is that Acheron is in Beacon and he has to get his sister out.Sneak follows Logan’s journey, as well as the stories of Peck and the remaining Dust, Hailey and of course Erin. Erin betrayed Logan at the end of Swipe, and Sneak picks up with her facing her own troubles with DOME and her father.All of these stories link together in the search for Logan, Lily and Acheron – as they go along they find more and more horrifying stories about Acheron and the truth is even worse than they can imagine.Reading the reviews for Swipe, there was one comment that really resonated with me. The reviewer had highlighted the fact that the world in Swipe was something that is fairly rare in YA Dystopian stories these days – a genuine possibility of the future. Most books in the genre have a ‘big event’ or ‘big bad’ that caused all of the suffering (technology in Partials, EMP’s in ashes etc.), there’s really not anything to fight against in Swipe/Sneak other than human nature. Sure there are the marks but they have been implemented by humans, not by aliens or technology taking over. That’s what makes the Swipe world brilliantly compelling, it’s scarily realistic. The world is fascinating, Beacon is described beautifully and the complexity behind the river is riveting. There are the usual twists and turns, as there are two major revelations – one about Acheron and one about the marks, both of which are unexpected and throw the reader completely (in a good way!)Now for the negatives (and the reason it only got 3 stars), the religious side to the book, yes I know it was published by Thomas Nelson, but that doesn't mo mean it has to be pushed quiet so much. Part of me thinks there is a religious theme running through the story (ala Narnia), but I’m not religious and don’t know the stories well enough to confirm if that’s true. But there is a lot of religious suggestion in the book, the symbols on the river, the book Logan’s reading, the oppression of all religion and subsequent secret churches and Pecks sudden conversion to the faith (sorry – not a spoiler, it’s a minor part in the book, I suspect it was more scene setting for the next book). There’s nothing wrong with a religious undertone, but in places it felt too forced upon the reader. This alone was not enough to reduce the book to three stars, the character development was however. Whilst the story was fast paced and very in-depth, you are left with a feeling that more was put into the world than into the characters. Logan is wet, why anyone would feel compelled to help him I don’t know, there is nothing to him, no depth no personality, Peck is equally as uninspiring, I struggle to understand why anyone would follow him – he doesn’t lead the Dust, they simply limp along behind him. Some work was done to discuss the Dust member’s history but it was done in a page and merely skimmed the surface, providing the reader not caring about their fates. The only relatable character is Erin, even then her story is just surface level, and I can’t tell you much about her – just her actions in the book.So in summary, a good – not great- read. Swipe was better, but Sneak is worth a read. The bones of the story are good, the twists are fantastic and the reader does not anticipate them at all (or at least I didn’t) but more character development is needed for the series to be a serious contender in the already crowded genre.Arc/Egally kindly provided by NetgallyFind more reviews by me on tumblr! - georgemartin31.tumblr.com :)

  • S.H.
    2019-03-29 23:23

    *What I Loved* Can I just say I loved everything, and then make you promise to read the Swipe Series? Okay, so I guess that won't do. Instead of coercing you into reading SNEAK I'll just try to break down bits of what I really loved into a categorical fashion below, and then you'll be able to decide if you wanna join the Dust with me or remain sided with DOME.Writing - Evan Angler grips you with every word penned, and in SNEAK his writing only gets more gripping!Character Development - The dichotomy between Logan Langly (an unmarked runaway) and Erin Arbitor (a marked daughter of a DOME agent) places us in a position to see the bigger picture. We then clearly see the picture from all angles when we glimpse the story through the eyes of Peck, his band of Dust and the members of the Underground River. I also loved that Hailey Phoenix actually shows up more in SNEAK than she did in SWIPE as I've really come to love her character, brave and loyal and sassy as she is. And Dane, I love Dane and his jealous, humorous, singin' self!Honestly, I saw improvement of character and growth and maturity from all angles within every individual character, and I loved each character even more than I did when I first met them in SWIPE.There were aso a couple of new characters that I absolutely fell in love with, namely: Bridget, Mama & Papa Hayes, Grandma Langly, Mrs. Phoenix (Hailey's mom), Shawn, Tabby and Hans. Symbolism - I loved that the Dust and the River used old radios as an "underground" form of communication to get messages back and forth between them and other unmarked individuals. The symbols (pictured above) that the River used were also really well thought out, and I loved that Evan Angler decided to use the ichthys and so many other nautical symbols in his "underground river" system.Storytelling & Pacing - The storytelling only got better this time around, as I was instantly drawn into the world of the AU, once again, from moment one. I did not, even once, want to put this book down. Seriously (though I had to at times to sleep.)Worldview - The Worldview is definitely Christian as there are such strong morals and Biblical references sprinkled throughout this book (even more so than in book #1 - Swipe), but the hints and references in SNEAK weren't overly preachy or disguised, which I really liked. I am even more so a fan of the Swipe Series and Evan Angler than I was after having read SWIPE! I am REALLY looking forward to reading book #3 in the series...whenever that one will be released!?*What I Didn't Like So Much* The last chapter seemed a little rushed, fragmented and disoriented. It was almost as if the story should have either wrapped up sooner, leaving us with more of a cliff hanger (can't believe *I* just said that!), or it should have given us more details as to what all exactly was going on. *I’m recommending this book…* If you love dystopic novels like The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins and Matched by Ally Condie or The Left Behind Series by Lahaye and Jenkins then SNEAK is definitely a book you’ll want to read over again and soon as you've finished it! Let's just say that I'm going to give SNEAK a whopping 5 stars AND confess to ya'll that I'm currently going through a serious "Book Hangover!"*(In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through Team Novel Teen.)*

  • Seirra
    2019-03-30 20:24

    A review copy was provided for an honest review. Sneak is a excellent follow-up to Swipe! From the very first page it picks up where you last left off with Logan on the run. The sequel has a lot of action and adventuring going on. It didn't have many dull moments and it's completely thrilling from beginning to end. Which was my issue with the first book but this one covered all those bases. Once again you're caught questioning every one who enters Logan's life and wondering if he should trust them or if they're going to betray him. I, for the life of me didn't know who was on his side until the end which was brilliant. Sneak will leave you literally on the edge of your seat as you continue to turn the pages! There is so much going on all at once but never is it confusing to understand. I think this is one of the most mature middle grade books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. It was easy to forget that the characters were only twelve and thirteen-year-olds because their actions and thoughts would suggest otherwise. I loved the world that's created and the history that's integrated. It was nice to see all the characters from the first book and continue their stories and how they intertwine with eachothers. Logan is a fighter and a survivor of the mark and he's determined now more than ever to find his sister and save her. Erin is still a big part of the book and her motives are questionable throughout and it was interesting to have such an doubtful perspective thrown in. I still really liked her character even though she's no longer seen as the "good guy" and I especially enjoyed seeing the faces of the Dust who each have their own strange but interesting personalities. Sneak is wholly deserving of a 4.5 of 5 star rating, it really stepped up on all accounts.Logan Langly is now on the run from D.O.M.E. and they won't stop until he and the members of the Dust are found. Having given up his life in Spokie to seek out the truth and find his sister he ventures through the unforgiving streets for answers and safety. Meanwhile the Dust are organizing and lie in wait for Logan to join them so they can take the next step—however dangerous and deadly that might be. Logan discovers that being Markless isn't easy and he'll need to find a way to reach Acheron—the place where is sister is being held—with or without the help of the others. Just as all is looking hopeless he starts to see a light at the end of the tunnel when he finds a network willing to help him and his cause. Now every step is crucial and nothing can stand in his way—not even Erin.What an amazingly exciting middle-grade novel and a fantastic sequel to Swipe. There is many crazy plot twists, betrayal, suspense, heartbreak, and chaos to be found. I read this in one sitting and remain ever curious about what the next book will hold. Another story written wonderfully by Evan Angler. Although this series is for young readers I think it's more suitable for 13+. All the characters are mere teenagers but they are incredibly mature (most of them anyways), and nicely developed. The post-apocalyptic-like society is incredibly cool and the world's expansion is beyond fascinating in its structure and rules. Sneak is a nonstop action-adventure and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes reading about a product of an awesome imagination.

  • Cameron
    2019-04-17 15:35

    Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat ReadI definitely enjoyed this book more than the first one in the series, mostly in part because it had more action in it. There was also more a sense of urgency in this book that was lacking in the first. And I felt like I connected with the characters more, even though I still find it hard to believe that they are as mature as they are depicted.As I mentioned in my previous review, I really enjoy the world that Angler has created within his novels. From the Marked to the Markless, DOME, and the Riverroad, there are many different facets to his world that I find fascinating. And I also like that much of it is stuff that readers can relate too. General Lamson and Chancellor Cylis aren’t exactly dictators, but they aren’t far from it, the Riverroad is very much like the Underground Railroad from the 1800′s, etc. And while I’m sure some folks would look at me and call me a simple feline for finding a fascination in the blending of Angler’s world with our own, the truth of the matter is that I enjoy reading books where the world is easily comparable with ours. It means that I don’t have to sit here and create the entire world from scratch…not saying that I don’t enjoy doing that, but a break is nice every now and then, murr!The characters were also more enjoyable for me this time. Part of it, I think, was because they were already well-established from the first book and now it was a simple matter of allowing them to continue growing. And I do feel like there was a lot of character growth on everyone’s part, though I think Erin’s character is the one who grew the most for me. She went from being only concerned about returning home and fixing her family to realizing that there were more important things to focus on. She really became one of my favorite characters this time around, doesn’t hurt that she’s a skilled computer hacker either. It was nice to finally see her open her eyes and see beyond her immediate surrounds to what was really going on in the world around her. She’s definitely stronger than she was in the previous novel. I’ll be honest and say that while I still can’t accept that this kids are in fact the age that they are said to be, I liked them more by the end of this book than I did in the first one.Pacing-wise, there is a lot more action in this story, so the story read faster for me and kept me more engaged. It also kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. I wanted to know what was going to happen to everyone at the end of each chapter. Were they all going to make it to their destination? Were they going to be able to save Logan’s sister Lily? What was Acheron? These questions and more were begging to be answered, and at the end of the story Angler did a great job in answer most of them. Not all of them, but enough to leave me satisfied and wanting to read book 3. Yes, this book was a step up from the previous one in regards to action and suspense.In short, out of the two books in the series, this one is my favorite so far.

  • Chloé
    2019-04-15 21:39

    This book was much better than the first! However, there were still several things - small things - that didn't make sense and brought the overall story down. For instance, the writing is still choppy and just plain uninteresting at times. I also didn't think it was realistic for several of the characters to flip flop sides so much. The whole 'romance' between Erin and Logan frustrates me. I also dislike how people flippantly die in these books. Papa Hayes gets shot down by DOME, and it's mentioned that each group acknowledges what happened, but after that they don't really grieve, despite the fact that these kids had been living with this man for quite a long time! Plus, we got the impression that Papa was their father figure and if this book was as realistic as people say it is, then they would have grieved! I also still find it really convenient that Erin is a genius hacker. It would take one of the smartest kids in the world to hack into a government agency like that, and she just does it like a walk in the park! It's also annoying that whenever the Dust was trying to infiltrate Acheron that the entire group made it basically unscathed. Sure, Eddie became an IMP, but he was barely mentioned and had little dialogue anyway, so it didn't really impact the reader. I also still don't understand how the kids that make up The Dust are always right when they have a brilliant idea. Oh, Lily isn't with them, she's just got a plan of her own! And I mentioned in my review for the first book that I didn't like the Lily plotline and didn't believe it. You know it's bad when the author writes it and you STILL don't believe it. I know I've complained quite a bit about the book, but the one thing I did like is that we finally cut to the chase and brought the Bible and Christianity into the mix, even though the kids - again - treated it flippantly. I think I would enjoy these books a lot more if the author took more time writing them and spent time dishing out character motives and all that, but as it is this series is a half edited frustrating mess. There were some parts I enjoyed, but they were few and far in between. What I dislike the most about this series is that it is taking several classic dystopian ideas and meshing them altogether into one huge pile of blah. Nothing about this world wows me or screams futuristic amazingness because it has all been done before. I feel like the world is a bunch of cliches thrown together for the purpose of making an 'evil' government. Anywho, I'm going to end this here, as I could go on for a while. I definitely think if you are newer to the dystopian genre that this is a good way to get your feet wet, but as a person who loves dystopian and has read so many trilogies and such, this is just bland.