Sneak by Evan Angler
Author: Evan Angler
Format: e-Book Galley
Source: Tommy Nelson via NetGalley
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Dates Read: December 1-12, 2012
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 and 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-this pages and warnings about the real meaning of the Mark really hold the Answer?
This book was obtained freely from the publisher, Tommy Nelson, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
One of my first thoughts about Sneak, having read Swipe over eight months ago, is that the book could have done with a little more review. I am used to having some of the events and characters of previous novels glossed over to some extent in series books. Particularly since it is targeted to a middle grade audience, I believe some overview would have been beneficial to enhance the reader’s understanding, familiarity, and comfort with what has happened so far and how that is affecting the beginning of the novel.
However, once I got back into the flow of things, I found myself really enjoying Sneak. When I first read Swipe, I hadn’t really picked up on the Christian connections. However, between Logan finding the bible in Sneak, the marked faces, and a friend’s casual comment about the series, I started to put it together. Sneak is still definitely enjoyable if you aren’t a Christian, or don’t know the stories very well. It is a well-played, solid dystopian novel that’s got enough thrills for young adults (and adults, if they choose), but clean enough for the younger set. However, when you consider the parallels with Revelation and the mark of the Beast, Sneak becomes even more clever. (Look at the cover! All the sets of the three numbers add up to six! The devil’s in the details :P)
Sneak picks up where Swipe left off, with Logan searching for leads on Acheron, the mysterious place which holds his sister. DOME is cracking down on the Markless harder and harder, enraged after the Dust and Logan slipped through their fingers. As threads of the stories of Logan, Erin, Hailey, Peck, and the other Dust intertwine, we discover more and more about DOME and how they really treat the Markless, the Marks, and a bit about how things were before. Angler weaves the political and religious themes through the characters and dystopian science fiction story with a deft hand, never feeling like he is forcing them on the reader.
I recommend this book to people of all ages who think they might want to pick it up. The series is well-crafted and clean enough for young readers. While there is violence, it is not particularly graphic. Any curses or slurs are manufactured for this futuristic world, so the language is clean. Also, the characters are mostly young (Logan had just turned thirteen). Overall, I feel that is very suited for a middle grade audience and up. Sneak continues an interesting story set forth by Swipe, and leaves a lot more excitement to come. I definitely look forward to the next installment!