Team Novel Teen Blog Tour: Sneak by Evan Angler

Today Team Novel Teen is touring Sneak by Evan Angler, which is book two in the Swipe series. I like these books. Check out the book trailer for Sneak.

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And here is my book review:

Review by Jill Williamson

We last left Logan on the run. And this story picks up there. Logan is working his way across the country toward the city of Beacon, in hopes of finding his sister Lily, who disappeared five years ago when she went in to receive her mark. There seem to be many more points of view in this book, though maybe it just felt that way. But the story is starting to get more complicated as more of the mysterious government is revealed.

This is a fun series. I really enjoy the futuristic storyworld portrayed. So much fun cleverness. And I’m finding the bits and pieces of the plot that are being revealed quite fascinating. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the end.

I kept wishing for fewer and deeper points of view. For example, it felt weird to be in Erin’s head when she made an amazing discovery, then have to wait to learn what it was until the end of the book when she tells everyone. And there were so many point of view characters, when one of them got caught, I didn’t really care because I hadn’t been able to keep all those side characters straight anyway. I just wanted to stay with Logan, Erin, Dane, or Hailey. Peck was cool. Other than that, I wanted to skim to get back to the people I cared about. I didn’t mind Grandma’s point of view, but she was easy to differentiate from all those Dust peeps. And if there had been deeper points of view, I think we’d have experienced the faith elements in a stronger way. I want to know more about Logan and that Bible he found, but everything is happening off screen.

Regardless of all that, this is a very fun series for younger readers. If you haven’t read the first book, I suggest you start there. Book one was called Swipe, and it was fabulous! And I’m very much looking forward to book three.  

Age Range: 8 and up
Genre: dystopian/mystery/suspense
Part of a Series: book two in the Swipe series
Pages: 277
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: 2012
    

Books one and two of the Swipe series by Evan Angler are now available.

Swipe, book 1

Sneak, book 2

Visit Evan’s website for more information at http://www.evanangler.com/.

Team Novel Teen is a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other posts about Sneak by Evan Angler by clicking on the links below, and check out www.NovelTeen.com for more information about Team Novel Teen. 

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7 Responses to “Team Novel Teen Blog Tour: Sneak by Evan Angler”

  1. Usually myriad points of view and head hopping drives me a little crazy too, Jill. And I hear what you are saying, especially on what you said about Erin’s character, but in all honestly I thought it was brilliant to write it that way. I wanted to know more so I kept on reading…and isn’t that the job of an author anyway…to keep us hanging by threads whilst dangling over a bed of pins and needles?

    I actually expected that SNEAK would move towards that chaotic head hopping direction, however. I’ve found that most end times/apocalyptic/dystopian/ruined utopia type settings and stories have multiple points of view going on because of the direct correlation between the world’s chaos at hand and the many people who are all effected by said chaos. Ultimately, the many points of view all lead back to that original thread…the rebellion and choice of one young unmarked man…that was created by Logan Langly.

    So in other words, I actually appreciated the multiple points of view, even if they did seem not so in depth at times. I accepted that not every character could share their deepest most informative thoughts with us throughout the book because in a sense they were “on the run from DOME” too. Everything was vague and rushed at times because that is how the world of the American Union is, at least, that’s how it is in my eyes.

    I hope you don’t think I’m coming across as snotty or disagreeable! I just wanted to point out a different view on how head hopping can be used to an author’s advantage. It throws the reader into the chaos, and makes us experience their worlds from all angle.

  2. Jill Williamson says:

    That’s an interesting way of looking at it, Sarah. And it’s also interesting that it put you on pins and needles. I guess every reader is different.

    It had the opposite effect on me, and just didn’t hold my interest. I found myself wanting to skin and just read Logan and Erin. And I’m still not sure what happened to Hailey in the end. Wasn’t she with them? Where did she go?

    And I hope it’s clear that I still really enjoyed this story. I just didn’t like it as much as book one.

  3. Rachel says:

    Never thought about if there were less point of view character, we could have gone deeper into the Christian element. But I think this book did bring Christianity more to the forfront which I liked. Can’t wait till book 3!

  4. I started this book on Netgalley, but I haven’t finished it yet. However, the trailer made me want to dive back in. The Swipe and Sneak trailers are some of the best book trailers I’ve seen!

    Great review! Yeah, in Swipe there were alot of POV’s too. Like you said, I kind of like it better when there are fewer so you can go deeper into the character. But Peck’s point of view is in Sneak? I’ll have to go find that one! He was one of the most intriguing characters in the first book.

  5. Bren says:

    Love the review! Great post! 😀

  6. Meagan says:

    I love all the different opinions on what people like or don’t like with Sneak. I have to say I love when you can get inside the different characters heads.

    Thanks for the share! 🙂

  7. Jill Williamson says:

    Peck was in there a little, Jessica! 🙂

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