Book Review: Scan (Scan #1) by Sarah Fine & Walter Jury

Posted April 30, 2014 by Melissa in Book Review | 6 Comments

Title: Scan
Series: Scan #1
Authors: Sarah Fine & Walter Jury
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction |Thriller
Length: 336 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Childrens | Penguin
ISBN: 9780399160653
Publication Date: May 1st 2014
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-book, Audio
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Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

All Tate knows–like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid–may not be enough to save him as he’s plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that’s been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and his estranged mother, with powerful enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father’s invention and why so many are willing to kill for it. A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.

My Thoughts

The Good:

  • This well written book pulled me in and grabbed my attention from the first chapter and kept me reading late into the night.
  • The action was non stop. It never let up which made putting the book down near impossible.
  • The main character of Tate is completely believable.  A very smart and athletic teen who still makes inappropriate choices at times, but manages to handle an incredibly difficult situation with amazing aplomb.
  • The supporting characters are also key to Scan’s success. Christina especially shines as she selflessly stands by Tate’s side, despite not always being sure of where she stands with him.  She must be going through so much inner turmoil of her own, yet without her strength I doubt Tate would have lasted a day.
  • The MacGyver moments.  I loved Macgyver when I was a kid (Yes I am dating myself…lol) And there were just enough moments sprinkled throughout Scan when Tate pulls his own MacGyver moods to make me feel nostalgic.
  • This book is more than just action and aliens.  It makes one think: What does it mean to be human?

The Not So Good:

  • Love the cover, but I don’t quite feel that it represents this book as well as it should, perhaps it’s foreshadowing for things to come?
  • The Cliff Hanger! Now we need to wait until 2015 to see what happens!

Final Thoughts:

I whipped through this book in no time and enjoyed every minute.  An action packed science fiction read with a smidge of romance, a lot of courage and ingenuity, and some crazy survivalists, Scan is sure to appeal to a wide variety of reader and even some non readers.  And if you need a good palate cleanser in between other reads, Scan fits the bill perfectly.


Was It Worth My Time?

4.5 Timepieces

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