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 carewithout 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 nationand the worldthe weather has become less stable and a storm is brewing that bigger than any of them could have ever imagined.
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About the Author
Evan Angler is safe, for now. He lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about 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 listen to his books.
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By EVAN ANGLER
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2013Evan Angler
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FIGHT OR FLIGHT
The floor shook violently under Logan's feet, its rug jumping and sliding in short, stiff bursts. The window to his side rattled, and he wondered if the whole door might soon fall off.
Logan leaned forward to the driver's seat in front of him, peering over Peck's tense shoulder at the fuel gauge, which jittered so much that the after-image of its soft green glow showed only a blur.
But he could still see the needle, pointing with certainty. Empty.
"Can't this thing go any faster?" Hailey asked from the passenger seat.
"Not if we want it to stay in one piece," Peck said, but he pressed harder on the gas pedal even so.
Lifelessly, Erin bounced from her spot on the backseat and slid to the floor.
"She all right?" Peck asked, unable to take his eyes off the road.
Hailey turned to look over her shoulder. "Not stirring," she said. "Keep driving."
"Low on gas," Logan warned, hoping not to spark an explosion of new frustration from up front.
"It'll stop when it stops," Peck said. "'Til then, worry about what's behind us."
So Logan turned to peer out the back window, where behind them a drone plane appeared low on the horizon.
"You've gotta be kidding me," Logan said.
"Nope. Very serious. As predicted."
Not far off and closing in fast, the running lights of the drone glowed bright red, green, and white against the night sky. It flew silent and unwavering in the steady hands of its remote pilot. And on its side, branded proudly in big white letters, was the single, horrible, menacing word:
Most of the way to Sierra by now, Logan had hoped that the four of them might enter the sprawling city undetected, that the protests they'd stirred up back in Beacon might distract authorities enough to provide some cover. But the team had made a critical mistake, and they knew it.
About twenty miles back, along the first patch of run-down outskirts near Sierra's eastern city limits, along the forgotten road that decrepit signs called "Highway 66," Daniel Peck, Hailey Phoenix, Logan Langly, and Erin Arbitor decided to make an emergency stop. Erin's fever had gotten worse, her shivering violent and her words increasingly delirious. Everyone knew she needed medicine— anything to lower her temperature, even if only for a day or two. Anything to buy her some time.
So the team decided to take the risk.
"They'll know she was here the second we buy this thing," Peck warned as Hailey stepped toward the corner store counter with a handful of nanomeds. "They'll trace her scan instantly. You know they've been watching for it."
Erin nodded in detached agreement. She was standing, but barely, and only because Logan held her up. He had his arm around her back, bouncing it now a few times, trying for a better hold. "We'll be miles away by the time they get here," he said. "And anyway, there's no way around it." If they wanted the goods, they needed Erin's Mark, simple as that. So Logan snapped his fingers in front of Erin's eyes. "Look alive, Erin. This part's all you."
And the four of them walked to the counter.
"Evening," said the store clerk. "Find everything all right?"
"Just fine," Hailey said, not looking at the man. She handed him the nanomeds and held her breath while he scanned them under the counter's Markscan.
"Your friend's not lookin' too good." The clerk nodded at Erin.
"She'll be all right," Logan said, propping her head up with his own. He grabbed Erin's hand and waved her Marked wrist under that same scanner. It beeped and flashed green. "Just fighting down a fever. These cold winter months and all, you know ..."
"You making her pay for those meds herself?" the clerk asked, scolding him a bit.
"She insists," Logan said, but he quickly shoved his own Unmarked wrist into a deep pants pocket. And Peck and Hailey did the same.
"Well ... bed rest," the clerk instructed. "Plenty of water." Then he pointed to the nanomeds. "And one of these pills twice a day. They won't cure anything, but they should keep the fever down."
Erin nodded distantly. Logan readjusted his hold on her. And the group hustled out without another word to anyone.
"We've sealed our fate," Peck said. "They have us now." He put the car in gear and peeled out before the store clerk could notice that these three Markless teens and their dying Marked friend had somehow gotten their hands on the last combustion vehicle in the entire Global Union.
Logan shook his head. "We're out. We're safe. That drew less attention than a robbery."
"A robbery's anonymous," Hailey said. "Markscans are not."
"No stealing," Logan said. He opened Erin's mouth and gave her two nanomed pills at once. She didn't protest. "She needed this. We had no choice. We'll deal with the next crisis when it hits us."
And Logan was right, Hailey knew. The truth was, they didn't have a choice. The truth was that they'd made their choice already, when each of them—Peck, Hailey, Logan—refused the Mark on each of their thirteenth birthdays, refused citizenship, refused to Pledge allegiance to General Lamson and Chancellor Cylis. They knew then what the consequences would be. They knew then that they'd never have rights. That they'd never in their lives be able to buy or sell anything, hold a job, vote, own a house, sign a contract, see a doctor, finish their education, start a family.... Those quaint hopes dried up the moment the world broke into its Total War; the moment it realized that Unity was necessary, that fractured cultures and incompatible views could never keep the peace. The kids knew all of this at the time.
But each of them knew something else too. That the Pledge was a trap. Much more than a ceremony of citizenship, it was a system designed to weed out those who didn't fit in. Flunkees were rare, maybe one in ten thousand—few enough that no one raised a fuss. DOME let families believe that their children were dead, victims of infrequent and unavoidable complications in the Marking procedure—an allergic reaction, an infection, or an unfortunate error, perhaps.
But this was not the truth. The truth was that once identified, flunkees were simply removed, thrown into the secret prison known only as "Acheron," where they were converted, brainwashed, crafted into soldiers ... into the International Moderators of Peace, the IMPS, hidden enforcers of the Mark system.
Under this program, the rest of the world was free to be Unified. Protected by the very peers who otherwise might one day have betrayed them.
Logan, Peck, Hailey ... they knew this because Logan's sister, Lily, had Pledged herself ... and had never returned. They knew this because Peck spent the next five years piecing together what might have happened, had even warned Logan that it might happen to him next.
Peck was right. But Logan escaped.
And with all his worst fears finally confirmed, Logan had gone on to break into Acheron, had seen it with his own eyes, and had managed to break back out.
It wasn't safe for him in Beacon City any longer. It wasn't safe for any of them.
Peck, Hailey, and their friends known only as "the Dust" had used Logan as a symbol—as a martyr, willing to die in his fight against DOME. And among Markless everywhere, that symbol took hold. The news spread countrywide, through renegade radio stations and secret airwaves, and the Dust spread right along with it. The Markless were banding together. They rose up; they fought back. They brought the IMPS out of hiding. And Logan became a hero.
Erin, until that time, was as loyal to DOME as anyone, Marked and diligent and proud of it. Her father worked for DOME, after all, was an operative for them, and until recently he and the Department had given Erin no reason to doubt their intentions. But then last month she discovered Project Trumpet ... and everything in her world changed forever.
Erin now lay on the floor of the group's cramped car, contorted and barely conscious. The drone plane behind them encroached.
Peck pushed the pedal harder, gliding dangerously across the icy, broken road, and Logan said, "It hasn't shot us yet. It could have by now. It's close enough."
"DOME's not trying to kill us," Peck said, gripping the wheel with white-knuckle force. "They're trying to track us."
"Not very subtle about it," Hailey said. The plane blinked menacingly as it lowered to car level and followed maybe a hundred feet behind.
"They don't have to be. We're cornered."
Logan looked out over the wide-open land and the Rocky Mountains in the distance. It was a funny word, cornered, spoken in the middle of so much empty space.
"How could DOME even know we're the ones in here?" Logan asked. "They can't scan Erin's Mark from that distance, can they? Even if they've already traced her to the store, as far as this car goes, they'd only be guessing ..."
Peck laughed. "Logan, they know Erin was with us in Beacon less than a week ago. And now they have her Markscan on file in a store two thousand miles away, without a single logged magnetrain ticket in between. As far as we know, this is the only private car driving on any road between here and Europe. What other conclusion could they reasonably come to? Of course we're in this car."
"So how do we hide?" Hailey asked, very nervously now. "We can't outdrive it."
Already, Logan was hunched over, grabbing at Erin's shoulders and sliding her up into the backseat. She groaned once, and her head lolled to the side. He buckled the seat belt around her. "We can try."
Hailey turned to Peck uncertainly. "Hey," she said. "Guys, seriously—"
Peck shook his head. He sighed. "Hold on," he said, and he pushed the gas pedal to the floor.
In their headlights, the broken road cast shadows on itself long into the distance. Its potholes, jutting concrete, and black, wintry ice rushed in fragments and patches toward the run-down car. Peck weaved fast between frosty cracks and scattered debris, and the drone shrunk smaller in the window behind them. For miles, it seemed they were succeeding. But Peck couldn't avoid the road's obstacles forever. Coming off a tight swerve, their back right wheel caught an old blown-out tire, and Hailey yelled, "Hold on!" as the whole car lurched forward with a panicked force.
It spun faster than it could turn. Its back wheels came up alongside its front. The driver's side plowed ahead with an ear-piercing squeal of its tires, the left wheels leading the charge against an unforgiving road, front and back together hitting a street-wide crack, catching and stopping all at once. In one continuous motion, the passenger side reared up, getting ahead of itself, flipping end over end at a staggering speed. Metal on concrete. Glass shattering. Gravity shifting. The world rolled hopelessly outside. A car full of breathless screams.
They tumbled from the road.
In Beacon, the citywide protests had reached a stalemate.
For weeks, Markless had marched, and chanted, and camped out on the streets. For weeks, they'd demanded rights, representation, respect, all spurred on by the truth the Dust had revealed about flunkees and Acheron and the kids who were swiped.
DOME's darkest secrets were in full view now, its Markless prison finally identified, its once-covert IMP troops forced to line the streets, make arrests, curb unrest by any means necessary . . .
For years, the Markless in Beacon had stayed mostly underground. They'd lived below the surface, huddled into communities inside an abandoned nuclear fission reactor that rested below the city, coming up only to scrounge for food or catch a glimpse of daylight. Some of them had spoken up, sure; some of them had held signs, had shared thoughts with the Marked that passed by, or gave food, or dared to stop and stare. But never before had a Markless rocked the boat. Never before had any of them surfaced with the intention of challenging the system. For years, the Markless in Beacon had been silent.
No one was silent anymore. For the first time, Markless were fighting. They were Dust. And they were not afraid.
But for each huddle that made its way street side, for each Unmarked who yelled or blocked the road, a squadron of IMPS was lying in wait. And the IMPS were fighting back.
From his quiet spot on the sidewalk hundreds of feet above, Blake leaned over, carefully considering the showdown below him. In Beacon, a five-tier system of streets connected most City Center skyscrapers at forty-floor intervals, and currently, Blake stood at the edge of Tier Two, peering over the railing at the ground level below.
From here it looked like the top of an open box of crayons: dots of colors all pressed up against one another, each one a person, each one a Markless protester. Each one Dust.
Surrounding them, completing the crayon-box likeness, were barricades—rigid right angles of makeshift hurdles and fences, put in place by IMP forces and guarded by the IMPS themselves.
Blake sighed deeply, appreciating the brief reprieve from the noise and violence down below ... and yet Blake was on no break. He wasn't resting. He wasn't relaxing. He was preparing. And he knew the chaos would come to him soon enough.
In fact, he was counting on it.
"This one's filled with ketchup Meg swiped from the huddle, and this one here ..." Tyler held a balloon in each hand, and he raised the right one now. "Well, I'm honestly not quite sure what's in this one. Some sludge Rusty found in the gutter between Barrier Street and the power plant, I know that much. But beyond that ... I really couldn't tell ya. It's green, I think." Tyler frowned. "Sorta chartreuse-green."
"Chartreuse?" Jo stepped forward from behind Blake. "I wager a punch to the face that you have no idea what color chartreuse is."
"Sure I do. It's the color of what's in this balloon. You know, greeny sludge color."
"Look, will ya just drop the thing already so we can get on with this?"
"I'm trying to decide which to drop first. I'd rather see the gutter sludge splash ... but, see, I also kinda wanna save it."
"Tyler—" Jo motioned to grab the balloons herself, but Tyler ducked quickly out of the way.
"Okay, okay—gutter sludge it is."
Tyler leaned over the second-tier railing, forty stories up, his whole torso hanging off the side, feet dangling in the air just above the sidewalk, balancing himself precariously over the ledge. He closed one eye for aim, his tongue sticking out just slightly to the side, like a master in full concentration.
"Third IMP from the corner," Tyler said. "The one with all those stupid extra badges. Don't think we've hit his squad before."
"Me neither," Blake said. "I say we go for it."
"Good game," Tyler said. So he grinned wide, and he let go of the balloon.
* * *
Blake, Tyler, Jo, Meg, Rusty, Shawn ... these kids were the Dust. The original Dust—Peck's Markless gang—before Peck left them all to head west. Blake, fourteen years old now, had become a bit of a ringleader in Peck's absence. Joanne, fifteen, used to be Peck's right-hand girl; now she was more the enforcer. Meg, thirteen, was autistic, rescued by the Dust last July after Peck realized she was at risk of flunking her upcoming Pledge. Rusty was an orphaned six-year-old, picked up by Blake back when DOME made its raid on the Dust's old home, Slog Row, last September. Shawn was the Dust's newest member, a Markless hacker from Beacon who fell in with the rest during their Acheron breakout a month ago. And Tyler ... well, Tyler was just a troublemaker. He grew up an orphan too, never knowing or fully comprehending life outside of Markless huddles. Then one year ago, right around the time when he could have Pledged, Tyler just sort of glommed on to the Dust for fun—and never left.
And until recently, there was Eddie, Tyler's best friend and now a painful hole in the Dust's once-inseparable group. Just a few weeks ago, Eddie was captured along with Logan and Joanne by DOME during the Dust's attempt to break Logan's sister, Lily, out of Acheron. Unlike the others, Eddie never escaped.
He was gone now.
Eddie was an IMP.
* * *
"Bull's-eye!" Tyler yelled. He jumped up and down as he did, pumping his fists in the air and soliciting high-fives from the rest of the group. "Did you see that?"
The balloon had hit with astonishing force, and the resulting scene down below was chaos, rapidly growing violent.
The IMP's first response, of course, had been to assume that the balloon had come from the crowd he was guarding. The sludge slathered his helmet and shoulders with a greasy green, his face smeared with goop and his uniform now looking something like pickle relish. Immediately, he'd spun around, eager for someone to hit or arrest or worse. But no obvious culprit had emerged.
Finally, the IMP's squad looked up. They stared in disbelief. They tapped their leader on the shoulder. "There," they seemed to say.
Forty stories above, Tyler stood in plain view, grinning, laughing, and waving happily as he tossed down the second balloon.
* * *
It took two and a half minutes for the IMPS to call in their underground backups and coordinate a response. This was longer than the Dust was expecting. So for about thirty seconds, Tyler was bored again.
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Table of Contents
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR............... ix
PROLOGUE THE REQUEST................ 1
ONE FIGHT OR FLIGHT................. 4
TWO CALL TO ORDER................... 28
THREE CONNOR GOODY TWO-SHOES........ 53
FOUR FORECAST.................... 87
FIVE GHOST TOWN.................... 118
SIX HAIL TO THE CHIEF............... 137
SEVEN SIBLING RIVALRY............... 162
EIGHT ON THE ROAD AGAIN............. 185
NINE STANDOFF.................... 204
TEN TRUMPET CALL.................... 218
ELEVEN CAPITOL STEPS................ 234
TWELVE ULTRANET.................... 251
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.................... 266
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This whole series is great. I wish they would make a major motion picture. The movie would be a sell out. Recommend this book to anyone. It is another great dystopia book with a twist. Anyone who loved Divergent or Hunger Games would love this series. But, be prepared for a surprise.
That cover is freaking gorgeous. Just had to point that out. This book was such an awesome, fast-paced read. I seriously adore Evan Angler’s writing style. It is divided up into chapters like most of the books, but each chapter is divided up into sections with a number. This is only one of the reasons why this book and the first two books of the Swipe series stands out from the other ya dystopian books. Another thing is that the author made himself as a character in Storm and made his series part of the story. I was really surprised and I thought it was really cool because I’ve never read a book that had something like that. This is a dystopian world where everyone is supposed to be Marked. The citizens goes through a process, and they receive this mark on their wrist that keeps track of their identity, enables them to attend school, etc.. There are those who are Markless; they choose to avoid and oppose being marked. Some of these Markless, marginalized people are The Dust. They’re kids/teenagers who strongly disagrees with being Marked. At the beginning of Storm, we are re-capped with the characters which I appreciated because I kind of forgot who were the characters and what their personalities were like. The story switched off to many different points of view just like the other books, but it wasn’t confusing. It was probably switched 5 times but it is written in 3rd person point of view except when the author spoke. I was a bit sad that the book focused more on the villains than the main characters. I really love the Dust, which are a bunch of Markless kids that formed a group to rebel against Chancellor Cylis, but in this book, the spotlight wasn’t really on them. The only thing I didn’t like was it wasn’t really as action packed as the first two books. Storm had a lot of dialogue scenes instead of the characters going on a quest like they did in Sneak. There were a few twists though especially with one of the characters which I enjoyed. It was full of details and just not enough action. That’s what kept me from rating it a four. What I really loved about this book, besides the writing style, is that there was hardly any romance. YES! Finally! A book that didn’t focus on romance! The only romance part I guess is when the MC, Logan, was blushing. That was it. So if you’re looking for a dystopian read that doesn’t have that much romance in it, then I would highly recommend you reading this book. If you’re up for a new read, then I recommend this series to you. I would say that this series isn’t “one of those dystopians”. It’s a fantastic and refreshing read.
Thunderstar ate a mouse
I love this series sooooo much!
Evan Angler in his new book "Storm" Book Three in The Swipe Series published by Thomas Nelson continues the adventures of Logan Langly. From the back cover: When the storm breaks, no one will be able to stop it. In a future the world is united under the power of a charismatic leader, and everyone gets "The Mark" at age thirteen. The Mark lets citizens shop, go to school, and even get medical care-without it, you're on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. But those that have refused are fighting back. Logan Langly is the unlikely leader of the Markless Revolution. He started out to find his sister Lily, who disappeared during her marking pledge, but now he's fighting for much more. With the threat of a chemically manufactured plague that will potentially kill millions and a drought that is nearing critical mass, someone has to step in. But when Lily appears with a special mission for Logan, it's difficult to know if he can trust her. And with the weather becoming more and more unstable, a storm is coming that will put everything Logan and the Markless have worked for at risk.... The battle continues. The Government is issuing the mark for the world to buy, sell and medical care. Without this mark it seems you are doomed and an enemy of the Government. If you read the Bible Book of Revelation then you know that receiving this mark puts you at odds with God. Logan skipped taking the mark and now he is being hunted and has become the leader of the rest that have not received the mark. Logan has been looking for his sister and has found out that Lily is one of the commanders in Chancellor Cylis' army. So now the question is can Logan trust his sister or is she a traitor to the Markless? "Storm" is definitely a thriller with everyone at risk. Mr. Angler has given us a thought-provoking fresh look at the Last Days of The Tribulation. "Storm" is great fun, filled with truth told in a convincing manner. And even though the target audience is the youth I believe the adults will enjoy it equally. I recommend this book highly and am already looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I’m Hooked! Ok, so I am so hooked on this series I cannot wait for the next one. Somehow, I thought that it was a trilogy and Storm would wrap it all up, but instead Angler ramped up the story and increased the suspense. Absolutely do not read this book out of order, you must read Swipe and Sneak first. While this book is based on Christian themes, there is absolutely no preaching because it is set so far in the future that religion has been deemed divisive and thus not allowed. Though the reading level of this book is 8-11 year olds, it is definitely geared more toward the understanding of teens. Most 8-10 year olds would not understand the under currents in the themes that run through the books. I recommend this to all YA readers looking for exciting books that portray a struggle of good against evil, but many older readers will enjoy them, too.
I absolutely LOVED this book , This is a great Dystopian series for young adults , it has a great plot with twists and turns on every page and I just love that Evan Angler added himself as a character at the end of the book, Can't wait for the next book!!!!
I’m a big fan of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction and it’s even better when I find both in the same books so Storm and its predecessors are right up my alley. It also doesn’t hurt that Evan Angler is a good writer and reading his work is no hardship. Besides being a more than decent writer, he knows what’s important in a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel. Plot and character development are crucial to good fiction but not necessarily equally, depending on the story. As examples, a good romance depends more on character than plot but a mystery really needs both. The element that’s so critical to speculative fiction, especially dystopian and post-apocalyptic, is worldbuilding, because the story revolves around a society or world that’s very different from our own. Evan Angler does his worldbuilding so well that I felt I was right there with Logan and everyone else. It should be no surprise that the Swipe series relies heavily on the biblical Book of Revelations; readers who avoid Christian fiction can still take pleasure in this, first because it’s a terrific action adventure tale but also because the author has a pretty subtle hand with the religious connections. It’s interesting to compare what goes on in this book and the others in the series with changes in our own world such as the global economy that could easily evolve into one world currency and, eventually, one world government. Taking things a step further, the author does not neglect the plot, which is full of twists and turns, nor the people we want to know. I already liked Logan and some of the others and now I’m really intrigued by Lily. I also appreciate the fact that both boys and girls are pivotal. Some readers don’t like cliffhangers but I do, particularly with this kind of story. I’ve always felt that a cliffhanger can leave a reader with something to think about. After all, if we get all the answers in one book, how would we get excited about a series? Mr. Angler started out with a really strong tale in Swipe, then Sneak, and he hasn’t let us down with Storm.
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. This book wasn’t as action-packed as the first book in The Swipe Series. However, it was still exciting and a great addition to the series. It is probably on par with Sneak. We are once again with Logan, Erin, the Dust, and Lily Langley. Each of them play very different but necessary roles in this book. We hear more about Lamson and Cylis. A new character is introduced, Connor Goodman. At first, I didn’t quite understand why we were reading about Connor and his parents. But it soon became apparent, then it became extremely apparent. There were quite a few twists that I didn’t see coming. I would say more but I really don’t want to spoil it. It’s not often that I quote from a book that I have read but my favorite line in Storm comes from an unlikely Dust ally. “Dust,…. Start planning. We’re going on a field trip.” I’m not going to tell you who said it because that would be a spoiler of sorts. But if you have read Swipe and Sneak then you will understand why this made me chuckle out loud. One thing that I really liked was that Mr. Angler added himself and Swipe as characters in Storm. That was a great surprise and added a new dimension to the story that I hadn’t expected. When I was explaining it to my husband, I said it kind of reminded me of The Neverending Story in that the author is also a character in the book. It’s not exactly like The Neverending Story but it brought that to my mind. If you’ve seen (or read) The Neverending Story, then you will probably understand what I mean. The ending left me hanging and wanting more. I can’t wait until the fourth book comes out. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this series. Read Swipe and Sneak first. I will also have my kids read this series when they get old enough. Will I read it again: I will probably reread this entire series once my kids are ready to read it. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
If you’ve never read any previous titles in the Swipe series, allow me to elaborate on the awesomeness that is Evan Angler’s latest book. Storm continues the non-stop action that I loved in Swipe and Sneak. The apocalypse gets scarier, the plot gets sicker, life gets hopelesser, plus we finally get some insight into Logan’s sister! (Who is totally the awesomest character in the whole thing, Mr. Angler if you’re listening…I really need more about Lily!) Side note: If you, like me, were over “mark of the beast” Christian apocalyptic fiction halfway through “Left Behind,” don’t let it deter you from this fabulous series! Angler takes it to a whole new level. Don’t miss this exciting series!
4.5 Stars 'Storm' is the thrilling third installment in a Christian young adult dystopian series that deals with a group of kids known as the Dust - those that are Markless. The Mark was implemented by the government as a way to keep a trace on the people, but it also allows them their citizen rights. Those without the Mark are outcasts from society and even get arrested just for not having the Mark. Enter in our main character, Logan Langely, who is a member of the Dust, and has recently escaped the clutches of the elusive Archeron prison - a place where they brainwash the Markless into soldiers for their cause. Inside, Logan found his long lost older sister, Lily, only to discover she had conformed to their ways. After learning about Trumpet - a disease that the Union had made to keep the Markless "under control" - Logan and his friends have to race to find a cure - and fast. Because one of their own, a Marked girl named Erin, has just shown the first signs of infection - and time is running out. Growing up going to church, I have always heard stories and sermons dealing with the "End Times." The Antichrist, the Mark of the Beast - so all of this is familiar to me. That might be part of the reason that I am so engaged in this series. It was all eerily 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, especially if you've read the first two installments to the series. 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 and his friends who rise up against the new government and takes on the seemingly impossible task of stopping them from killing thousands of people. I found the entire story to be a page-turner and I was completely hooked from the first paragraph up until the very end. The novel ends with another 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. This is one of those series that seems to only get better with each installment, which can't be said of many series out there. 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.
A review copy was provided for an honest review. Storm is another great read in the Swipe series. I had thought this would be the last but I was happily surprised to find out that there will be more—after that ending the next is sure to be interesting! While I enjoyed Storm, Sneak is still my favorite novel of all the books so far. I liked the deepening of each character and the race against stopping the figurative and literal oncoming storm. It doesn't let up on the action as it moves forward, and there are plenty of plot twists that can attest to it. Things couldn't look more grim and yet somehow they are, and every time a problem is solved a newer even bigger one is created. Again, I loved seeing all the old faces and the additional viewpoint of new characters - especially Lily's. There is a huge amount of deception going on which was fun to see play out since Logan is already so mistrustful. This entire series takes a lot of thought-provoking ideas and transforms it into a realistic (although futuristic) way of life and how it would be if the Mark were brought into effect. Storm takes a bigger look at its government where two leaders rule: Chancellor Cylis and Lamson - both who believe they are doing what's best for the world but the people are uprising. It's a totally unique and captivating story where teenagers have started a war and they are all fighting for the same thing—freedom. Logan is inspiring and inciting a revolution and in doing so he's bringing down all the walls of the government and they are taking even more extreme measures to ensure their way of life remains including controlling the weather and bring about storms. Nothing is as it seems as you dig deeper and deeper into the story and that's what makes it worth reading. With the mark you're given the rights of being a citizen but without it you're left in the dust to die. As a result of being Marked the government has unleashed a virus into their own systems—a deadly biological weapon meant to stop the Markless. The only problem is that instead of stopping them and becoming immune themselves they're the ones dying. Under a one world government society is finally realizing it's not peace the leaders are after—it's power. Logan Langly and his friends are searching for the cure to deadly epidemic that's killing those who are Marked. All while trying to stop Chancellor Cylis' army in hopes to win their freedom once and for all. Storm had a lot of character building and plot advancement going on which was cool. Although it felt like a filler novel that seems to be working toward a larger picture it's still a fantastic installment. It's a reading journey worth taking as Storm continues the struggle between the government and it's people. Everyone trying to reach the same goal but by using different methods—good and bad. I'm already wishing the next book was written and released because I can't wait for it. This is an epic middle-grade read with a story that makes a lot of great points as well as effectively entertaining you. Mature young-adults will surely love this series!
STORM, an apocalyptic story for children, follows anything but the usual patterns for the monotonous end of the world tales and most adults may find it interesting because of this. Although it does contain adults in the storyline, the main characters are a group of children and teenagers. Once of the things I enjoyed most in this story, is the the author uses children and portrays them in mature ways, while allowing them to retain their youth. Each has his own identity, but that identity is more mature than what you see in todays society. At times I found myself forgetting the characters were in fact children as opposed to a bunch of twenty somthings. The story is realistic with its descriptors of society and environment, yet it offers situations and items possible in todays world. Ideas in the story, such as the plague, delivery devices and transportation, are developed allowing for a childs unique way of seeing the world. At the same time, these are unique and suprisingly workable when it comes to the story. The reader goes through it without realizing they've come to the end of the story and finds themselves wanting to read more. This book is one in a series, but can be read with understanding as the author makes a synopsis of previous books at the start. Although an end of the world tale, the author doesn't emphasize the religous portion so as to make it unbelievable or to alienate readers. However to me, as a Christian, this story was clearly based on the end of days in the Bible.
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 Zondervan, 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 Worthy2Read.wordpress.com
Is this the 3rd or 4th book in the series