We last left Logan Langly 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.
I really enjoy the futuristic story world portrayed in this series. It’s very clever and fun. 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 with the Markless and the Marked. In this book we discover more of the Unmarked River (similar to the Underground Railroad) of believers who help other believers find freedom via a system of symbols. Logan is given a Bible, which he reads off screen. They head to Beacon to rescue Logan’s sister and must work together to do so.
There were many more points of view in this book than in the first. It got a little frustrating for me. I just wanted to stay with Logan, Erin, Dane, or Hailey. For example, it felt weird to be in Erin’s head when she made an amazing discovery but not to know what that discovery was, then have to wait until the end of the book for Erin to reveal it to everyone. Some consider this a technique of telling a mystery story, though.
Regardless, 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.
Rated PG: There is some name calling, fighting, and some people are brainwashed, medically, in an underground lab. Our heroes don’t hesitate to break the “law,” though they’re trying to fight the corrupt government. They’ll steal, hack, and lie if they need to.
Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!
Jill is a novelist, dreamer, book reviewer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to a love of books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy Award. Her latest book, Replication, is a young adult science fiction story from Zondervan. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children. Visit Jill online at www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.