- My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
- Genre: Teen Suspense Fiction
- Part of a Series: yes, Book 1 of "Swipe Series"
- Publication year: 2012
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson
The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It's almost Logan Langly's 13th birthday and he knows that he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn't been able to shake the feeling that he's being watched. Not since his sister went to go get her mark five years ago . . . and never came back. When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers?
I grabbed this book as I was still looking for new books to include in the teen section at our church library. It was described as an "alternative to the Hunger Games." I found it interesting and somewhat engaging as a look at a future world where everyone is barcoded and conforming to one united religion/worldview. I think it's definitely thought-provoking, but wasn't quite the level of action and attention-grabbing that I was hoping for. Not at the same level with the book it's being compared to, but that's never fair, in my opinion, to compare one author's work to another.