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.
I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that a vast majority of YA fans found themselves falling in love with a lot of the dystopian literature hitting the stands in the past few years. So when I came across Walter Jury & Sarah Fine's upcoming release, Scan, I had to stop and see what it was all about. I was intrigued, curious and wondering if it was possible to actually be as good as the synopsis made it seem. I was hopeful as always and when I was approached to participate in the blog tour, I decided to dive right in.
While I knew to expect action and suspense...I'm not quite sure I was prepared for just how much this writing duo could actually pack into one installment...it just never slowed down. I'm never a fan of providing any kind of spoilers for the books I read because if I truly enjoy them, I wouldn't ever want to take that same enjoyment away from another reader. So this review proved hard for me to write, because there's just so much I want to say, and no way to say those things without feeling like I'd ruin it for the rest of you.
We are most definitely talking action and suspense, mysteries and secrets, frustrations and lessons learned. The characters are well developed and their predicaments prove to be HUGE! While Tate as the main character is obviously the central focal point throughout the novel, the supporting characters were equally well developed and had me becoming a fan of this writing duo's ability to have me attached to all my favorites instantly. I was constantly trying to read faster, sitting at the edge of my seat the entire time and repeatedly wondering just how much more these characters could possibly endure...or how much more I could endure as the reader.
This was the kind of sci-fi thriller I've been waiting for, and exactly the type of book to jump start my love for yet another series, and left me wanting nothing more than to fast forward through the calendar days until the next installment comes out. I really need to know what will come next for Tate and the others....the suspense had me the whole way through each and every page and apparently will keep me nervous and guessing until I can get my hands on the sequel! This is a writing duo that I will be following without a doubt far into the future.
About the Authors:
Walter Jury was born in London, has a background in the film industry, is a big fan of the New York Giants, and enthusiast of Jamba Juice's Protein Berry Workout smoothie only with soy, never whey. "Scan is his first book for teens. Oh, and under his real name, he's a producer of one of 2014's biggest blockbusters. Let's just say he "diverges" in his career from film to literature quite well.
Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the author (as Sarah Fine) of several young adult books, and when she's not writing she's working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now.