Thursday, May 09, 2013

Review: Storm by Evan Angler

Title: Storm
Author: Evan Angler
Series: Swipe #3
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN13: 9781400321971
Format: Paperback, 266 pages
Genre: YA, dystopia, adventure, sci-fi
Source: blog tour
In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark allows citizen to shop, go to school, and even get medical care--without 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 nation--and the world--the weather is become less stable, and a storm is brewing that bigger than any of them could have ever imagined....
Storm is the continuation of the Swipe series, picking up where Sneak left off to continue telling the story of Logan and the DOME.

I actually began reading Storm without reading the previous two books, and while I felt like I fared perfectly fine by doing so, I do not suggest doing the same. Without knowledge of what happened previously, it was a bit difficult to keep up with a plotline and characters I do not know. I enjoyed Storm immensely without Swipe or Sneak, but I do suggest reading the previous two books in order to be kept up to date with whatever has happened so far.

Evan Angler has been commended many times over for the maturity of his young characters, and I can only say how right the other readers are. They're smart, and make intelligent decisions. They do not linger on mundane issues and don't make huge fanfare over little details. That's really quite refreshing, to be free of the drama in Storm, so if you'd like to read a book with characters who don't stir up too much drama, definitely check out Angler.

However, I did feel as if Angler's writing style came up short in certain areas. Simply put, there was too much telling and not enough showing. Angler did a great job in the way he "told" the story instead of "showing", but I think he make much more of an impact by "showing.

Conclusion? Great dystopia, good characters, possible improvement in writing style. Storm did not overwhelm me with utter amazement, but it's not a boring book either. It seems to be categorized as Christian fiction, but I didn't feel like I was being preached to in the duration of the book, and found many enjoyable elements in it. Dystopia fans, check it out if you want, but Storm is not a book that I will insist on you reading. I look forward to reading Angler's other works, but will not actively go hunt them down at various bookstores and the such.
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