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Monday, 10 September 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Sneak by Evan Angler

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 At the Other End:

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, bot 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?




 Check out my review of Swipe. Book 1 in the Swipe Series by Evan Angler

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Author Bio...
Evan lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon.
Swipe is his first book. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about it, and you didn't hear anything from 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've read his book.




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Wonderfully Familiar

Imagine this; it's wonderfully familiar.

I was fifteen. I'd been living with the Unmarked Beacon community for nearly three years, when a friend of mine asked me if I might be willing to help his Markless grandmother, Libby, move out of her home (she'd owned it outright since before the Unity, so DOME hadn't kicked her out yet...but she was aging quickly these days and my friend figured it time for Libby to start spending her days with our huddle). I'd agreed, of course, and a few days later he and I made our way to one of Beacon's nicer suburbs, to Libby's home, a little ways out from the Beacon hill.

Summer had peaked mid-August that year, and right smack in the worst of it I found myself in Libby's cluttered basement sorting through and systematically throwing out those piles of pre-Unity paper that fewer and fewer people still have. You can picture it, maybe, compartmentalized into mildewed boxes taped extra on the bottom and stacked to the ceiling. Within them, a few folders separating grocery receipts from high school diplomas, and other such treasures. Most of the boxes down there had never been touched, and the papers in them stuck together, stiff and yellowed. It's the same story behind any suburban basement, perhaps, but I would suggest that Libby was exceptional in her combined ability to both retain and neglect.

So I sat on that cement floor, sipping on a nanodrink and unwrapping a sandwich, wishing that the central air conditioning circulated in the basement. Upstairs, I could hear Libby watching "The Markscanned Price is Right" while my friend sorted her things upstairs into "must-keep" and "everything else." One or the other of them was heating some leftovers in the microwave; the smell of reheated tomato sauce wafted gently into the basement. I was just glad to be out of the city.

Now, an afternoon had passed since my friend and I began this monumental exercise in discretion-throwing out everything we could while still making sure to keep the most important things intact-and, having reached the summit of Libby's cardboard mountain range downstairs, I had long since acclimated to the nostalgia of it all and expected to find nothing else worth saving. My friend's childhood drawings discarded by the box. His sister's third grade book reports, gone. And on and on.

Except, in the corner, weathered and coated with silvery dust icing, was this one box. The faded pencil scrawled along the side only barely read "News," but it was enough to justify a rummage.

A black spider walked from the box and skittered inquisitively when I brushed him away. I dug beneath his web into treasures underneath. The smell of it all was cold and distant, and the papers so old they looked made of leather. What were they? What was this?

While sifting through the pages, I realized, slowly, that these were local newspapers-important once-and kept by Libby all this time.

These days, news comes to us in sound bytes and headlines. It comes so fast we can't keep up, and it's gone so fast that we hardly know what we've missed.

But what I found in these old papers...shocked me.

Stories of wars, beginning and ending, that had been whitewashed entirely by DOME. Stories of a great space race, of man walking on the moon...stories of elections, and triumphs, and losses. Stories of monuments built, and of towers that fell...stories of great people who had died, and of heirs who'd been born...all of it...lost to history.

For the first time, I realized what the American Union had given up in the years since the Total War.
We still had democracy, sure-we still voted for Parliament (provided we had the Mark), and we still had politics and we still had debates...

Ostensibly, we even still had freedom of the press.

None of those ideals had changed.

And yet, all of it had changed.

These days, our news is owned by enormous conglomerates. Everything-from what we see on television to what we read on our tablets-is all owned by the same handful of moguls. Even those of us who think ourselves well versed in the news, who read as many varied sources as we can...we're still only getting one person's side of the story. The views of the men on top trickle all the way down...

It isn't General Lamson or Chancellor Cylis who controls what we read-sure, that's true-but our information is still in the hands of only a few individuals. What they want us to know, we know. What they want us to forget, we forget. The parts of history that are inconvenient...slip away. And what remains is spun to fit the narrative that's left.

Looking through Libby's old local newspapers, I understood for the first time how important the press is to the health of a society. Democracy is based on the idea that people can choose for themselves what they want their politics to be. But how can we choose without context? How can we choose based on partial facts? And I couldn't help but feel that the problems I saw in our American Union would never go away, would never improve...until the press got better first.

I held on to that box. I held on to those papers. We have them with us, to this day, in our makeshift Markless library back in Beacon.

I read them. I remind myself. I thank Libby every day for not letting me forget.

~ Evan Angler




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Want more of the tour? Check out these stops:

September 10:
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com – Promo Post
Young Adult Book Reviews - www.yafictionbookreviews.blogspot.com - Review
Behind A Million And One Pages - http://behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.com – Promo Post ( <-- You Are Here)
Books With Marshmallows  - http://books-alltheway.blogspot.com/ - Review
Books and Coffee with Creamer - www.booksandcoffeewithcreamer.blogspot.com - Review

September 11:
WinterHaven Books - http://winterhavenbooks.blogspot.com/ - Review
A Dream Within A Dream   - http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com  -Review
Every Free Chance Book Reviews  - http://everyfreechancebookreviews.blogspot.com/ - Review
Bound 2 Astound - http://bound2astound.blogspot.com   - Promo Post
Leisure Reads - http://www.leisurereads.com – Promo Post
Comfort Books - http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post  
Nomi's Paranormal Palace   - http://nomisparanormalpalace.blogspot.com.au/ - Review

September 12:
Living Fictitiously - www.living-fictitiously.blogspot.com - Review
Read-A-holicZ - http://read-a-holicz.blogspot.com - Review
A Diary Of A Book Addict - http://adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.com/ - Review        
Whoopeeyoo - http://whoopeeyoo.com - Review
Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm - http://fayeflamereviews.blogspot.com - Review
Bookmarkbelles - www.bookmarkbelles.com – Review

September 13:
Alluring Reads - Http://www.alluringreads.com - Review
Willing to See Less - http://willingtoseeless.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post
Imaginary Reads - http://imaginaryreads.blogspot.com    - Review
Read Between the Lines – http://Readbetweenthelinesbookclub.blogspot.com – Promo Post
Book Nerd Canada - http://booknerd.ca - Review
Abbey Ann's Bookland - http://abbeyannsbookland.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post
Read and Repeat - www.readandrepeat.co.uk - Review
Epilogue - www.epiloguereview.blogspot.com - Review
Blog of a Bookaholic - www.blogofabookaholic.blogspot.com - Review
Howling Books and Design - http://howlingbooksanddesign.blogspot.com/ - Review

September 14:
Captivated Reading - http://captivatedreading.com - Review
Chapter by Chapter - http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com - Review
Understanding Shae's Story - http://understandingshaestory.blogspot.com/ - Review
Turning the Pages - http://www.angelafristoe.blogspot.com - Review
Claire Reads  - http://clairelouisereads.blogspot.com.au/  - Review
Books With Bite - http://www.bookswithbite.net   - Review
These Flying Pages - http://theseflyingpages.blogspot.com/ - Review
These Words Tell A Story... - www.michelle-pickett.com/blog - Review

September 15:
BookSpark - http://book-spark.blogspot.com/ - Review
The Haunted Rose - www.thehauntedrose.blogspot.com - Review         
Ed and Em's Reviews - http://edandemreviews.blogspot.com/ - Review
Literary Getaway - http://literarygetaway.blogspot.com/ - Review
Several Books At Once – http://severalbooksatonce.blogspot.com - Review
Bookworm in Love - http://bookworminlove.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post
JennReneeRead – http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com – Promo Post




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