Monday, September 10, 2012

Sneak by: Evan Angler

Click HERE to read my review of the first installment in the series, Swipe.

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.

The Markless cannot buy food, medicine, or use a tablet. That was not how Logan wanted to live, always hiding from DOME, but he refused the Mark anyway.

When Logan backed out of receiving the Mark and went on the run, no one thought he could do it. They would have laughed if he'd said he wanted to make it to Breacher. So how would they have reacted if he said he wanted to go all the way to Acheron?

Acheron. A remote prison where Logan's sister was being held. DOME sees all. He's going to have his hands full if he wants to work around their ever watching eyes.

They haven't found Logan yet, but they want to.

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My thoughts:

Evan Angler's website:

I passed this book on to my brother as we both absolutely loved the first one (Swipe), and once again, we thoroughly enjoyed it

Sneak took me some time to get into at the beginning--the scenes with Peck aren't as exciting as the ones with Erin and Logan, I find--and for a while I was confused on who was who. But about 100 pages in, I seriously could not put it down!

While in these times we don't have to be Marked, in some ways, we can still relate to the fact. The ones without Marks are automatically judged--just like, today, people who aren't thin, or even don't have as nice clothes, experience put-downs. And the Marked are like the thin, beautiful people. Everyone loves them.

Language: Things like "dork" and "dummy" are casually thrown around.
Romance/Sexual Content: Light crushes.
Violence: None.
Drug/Alcohol Content:  None.

I reviewed this book for

Team Novel Teen.

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 A fun little blurb:

Evan Angler’s Infinite Playlist Music 

I think, is an important pillar of the creative mind. And as an author, it’s an equally important part of any book. It doesn’t matter what the writing is about, and it doesn’t matter what the story is; writing is music. Our words have rhythms and cadence, our sentences make melodic lines. There are fast sections, slow sections, loud paragraphs, quiet paragraphs. Good writing, for me, lights up my brain much like good music does. This relationship, of course, goes both ways. If writing informs music, then it stands to reason that music must also inform writing. Certainly, I’ve found this in my own experience. With my first book, SWIPE, I wrote almost everything either in the dark, or on the run, in the motion of electrobuses and boxcars, with my hood up and my oversized headphones on. For some of that time, indeed, my focus demanded quiet. But for much of my writing and drafting and thinking, I was immersed in a blanket of music. Loud music. And I found that its genre dictated the writing’s tone. With SWIPE, my musical selections often gravitated toward electroclash, a genre I didn’t even know existed until I found myself craving it for the underscore of SWIPE’s scenes. Often, I’d play the music so loud that I needed to stuff my ears with tissue paper, because I liked the feel of the heavy beats hitting my brain, pushing me forward, relentless, unforgiving…. The gritty, electronic timbre of the music just seemed to belong with the tech-filled but flawed world of the American Union, and the energy conveyed by that music–both in the faster and in the more somber selections–captured for me the sense of foreboding, anxiety, excitement and, ultimately, determination that Logan feels over the course of his journey. SNEAK, on the other hand, called for a very different sort of sound. In trying to capture the setting and mood of the Unmarked River, I often found myself gravitating toward pre-Unity bluegrass and folk music, another genre that had never captured my attention–until I the writing called for it. The acoustic guitars, the banjos, the fiddles, the harmonies…in many ways, SNEAK is about the loneliness and uncertainty of venturing out on one’s own, of a search for simplicity and truth. In a world of high-tech stakes, the Dust’s journey through much of SNEAK is practically of a different era. Horse rides, hiking, camp fires, radios…after the events of SWIPE, Logan is truly an outcast, and there’s just no place for him in the more modern world of the American Union. What better way to capture that then with the oldest traditions of music that American history has to offer? Bluegrass and folk, there’s nothing else like it. The third book in the Swipe Series has yet another soundtrack altogether. I can’t wait for you to hear it, and to discover all that its soundscape implies. But that is a story for another day, and that is a playlist for another time…. So if you’ll excuse me, I have some headphones I need to find…


  1. Great Review! And I loved how you told us about the content in the book. That way there's no surprises. :)

  2. Nice review! I wanted more Logan and Erin too. And you made an interesting point in relating marked people to our world today. Appearance is often what everything is based on.

  3. Great review! I liked how you passed the book on to your brother. I also often do that with books that I enjoyed :)

  4. You're right. People are judged today by different standars and are then decided if they are better than someone else. Good observation.

  5. Good review! You made some great points :)

  6. That is an interesting correlation between the marked and the "thin, beautiful people." Fun synopsis too!

  7. I always enjoy reading your reviews! :-) I like how you go deeper than just a summary of the book. I started this book, but haven't finished it yet. Guess I'll have to pick it up again!