Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: Scan

Scan by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury
Publication Date: May 1st, 2014
Publisher: PenguinTeen
Source: Won from a Giveaway
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. 

Even with all he knows like how to defend himself with useful tools made out of bubblegum, Tate fears he’s still inadequate.  With the help of his girlfriend and estranged mother, all Tate can really do is keep moving and ensure his father’s invention stays out of the hands of his pursuers and that his father didn’t die in vain.   A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.
What a fun read! When I heard I had won Scan in a giveaway, I was so excited. Scan is by two FANTASTIC authors: Sarah Fine, author of Sanctum, and Walter Jury who worked on Divergent. Plus, aliens! Thankfully, my expectations were met :)

Scan has an awesome main character. Tate is smart, talented, and still has faults like a normal teenage. His relationship with his father is strained, to say the least. Tate doesn't understand why his dad wants him to learn seemingly useless, but difficult, skills. Hmm... 

Of course, there turns out to be aliens and lots of fun stuff!

Thankfully, this book was more of an action novel than a romance. However, I still loved that Tate has a girlfriend, Christina, and the two of them were awesome together. Scan showed a relationship that had already begun before the first pages, and was still intact in the end!

Also, I loved the cool plot. I won't say much, for fear of spoilers, but, well, the two authors waved together an amazing, action-packed story fraught with interesting questions for the readers. Like, what if you weren't human? What if you were, in fact, the enemy of humans? Also, we saw large cases of discrimination that made me frustrated! 

One of my only complaints is that Scan isn't a book that will stick with you after reading. While the book is addicting and exciting while I was flipping pages, I promptly forgot about Tate's story once I put it down. There wasn't enough emotional investment I tell you!

Overall, Scan was a fun read that shouldn't be missed. I can't wait for the next book! 

3.5/5 Stars (Rounded to 4)

Thanks for reading the review!!! 
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