Saturday, June 1, 2013

Book Review: Storm by Evan Angler

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"In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark lets citizen 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 has become less stable and a storm is brewing that bigger than any of them could have ever imagined."

Storm by Evan Angler delivered everything I was anticipating-- and more! Throughout the entire novel there was non-stop action and intrigue. There were several different plot-lines happening at once but this didn't hamper the forward momentum of the book in any way. Evan Angler's strength is in his story lines; they're vibrant, unique, and suspenseful-- although, the character development tends to suffer damage. True, while I was reading I didn't really care about the lack of character development because the plot stole the show; but as I was thinking about the book a few weeks after I had finished it, I felt somewhat short-changed because I knew so little about the characters themselves. (I only mention this because I know some readers enjoy a character-driven story instead of a plot-driven story.)

I loved how Evan included himself-- and his first book Swipe-- into this book. The characters even discuss how Swipe differs from how things actually happened! At the end, we see Evan delivering some vital information to one of the characters-- how unique is that? It's kind of like reading an eye-witness account of the future:-)

Which brings me to the ending. Evan has done it again with his BANG! ending. Wow! So unanticipated and an even greater Bang! than the previous two books-- which is a pretty amazing feat! This third book has thoroughly convinced me that, as of right now, I am going to read every one of Evan's books. His plots are that good! And I do enjoy a nice young adult read every now and then.

With mentions of super-cool future technology, a glimpse of future America, an amazing plot-- not to mention that BANG! ending-- and a cliff hanger, Storm by Evan Angler is not a book to miss. I give it 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon.

** Thanks to TeamNovelTeen for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given**