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 read his books.
Twelve-year-old Logan Langly lives in a dystopian America where every citizen, on his or her 13th birthday, is compelled to get the Mark. With the Mark, which is scanned for everyday purchases, job applications, and use of public transportation, Logan will gain the advantages of citizenship. But unlike his classmates, Logan is nervous about the Mark: when his sister received hers five years earlier, she vanished. Sensing that all is not right in their world, Logan and classmate Erin begin an investigation into the Mark and all that it entails. Barrie Buckner's narration is intense, pulpy, and perfectly suited to Angler's dark novel. Buckner skillfully modulates his tone and cadence to create distinct voices for the characters. However, the narrator falters in his interpretation of young, female characters-something that proves problematic given Erin's significant role in the novel. And while this flaw may be distracting to some young listeners, it will likely not deter them from enjoying this compelling audio edition. Ages 8-up. A Thomas Nelson paperback. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gr 7-10-Evan Angler's futuristic novel (Thomas Nelson, 2012) is set in North America where everyone is struggling to recover from famine and global war. Logan Langly is about to turn 13, and he is not really looking forward to receiving the Mark, even though it is basically a rite of passage that most kids are anticipating. His reluctance stems from the fact that his sister previously left to get her Mark and never returned. The Mark, a tattoo that can be swiped, is a sign of independence. Those with the tattoo become citizens of the Union, and they are permitted to get jobs, use public transportation, receive medical care, and shop for themselves. Logan feels like he is being watched and followed. He becomes friends with Erin, the new girl in town, and they work together to find out the truth behind the Mark. Narrator Barrie Buckner does a great job of evoking the emotions of the three main characters and his reading helps to build suspense. Sure to be a hit with fans of dystopian fiction. Listeners will eagerly await the next title in the series.-Sheila Acosta, Ed Cody Public Library, San Antonio, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.