Monday, January 7, 2013

Sneak (Swipe #2), by Evan Angler

Barnes & Noble

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?

There are two things I didn't realize about this book when I requested it from NetGalley:

1. It is the second book in a trilogy
2. It's Christian Fiction

The first problem was easy to solve: I simply read reviews of and spoilers about Swipe, the preceding book.

The second problem was a bit harder to deal with. Because I? Am an Atheist. How on earth was I going to be able to read and fairly review a book that I disagreed with on the most basic level? If it weren't for the fact that it's a galley, I wouldn't have given it a chance. I also have a personal challenge to read books that are outside of my comfort zone. And it's hard to get much more uncomfortable than this.

So imagine my surprise when I ended up really liking Sneak! Some of the references to Christianity irked me, but that wasn't exactly a shocker. I was actually more annoyed about all of these thirteen-year-old kids acting like adults. I read a lot of YA fiction, and some of the situations in this book just didn't ring true.

I would highly recommend this book to young Christian teens. Especially boys. It's a great plot with minimal violence, à la Percy Jackson. Just with a religious, rather than a mythological, spin.

Oh, and the way that Angler created Hell? Awesome.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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