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Scan by Walter Jury and S.E. Fine

Posted by Caitie F on April 27, 2014

Title: Scan13451410
Author: Walter Jury and S.E. Fine
Hardcover: 336 pages
Pub Date: May 1, 2014
Publisher: Putnam
Rating: +++

Summary from pub:

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


If you are looking for a science fiction book with aliens and a lot of action, look no further. It felt like the action rarely stopped.

Which isn’t a bad thing. When I read the description of the book, my first thought was that I hoped it would be action-packed and not too much on the science of it all and that is what I got. It is a hard book to put down because you keep wondering how Tate and Christina are going to get out of their situation alive.

I also thought their relationship was interesting, but wish Christina has expressed her thoughts more. I mean, she just found out she was an alien and while it freaks her out a little, I would have liked to know more. They were both good characters, thought Tate’s father trained him to be a little too perfect. He could go into a convenience store and figure out how to make a device that would save them a little too easily. But, he was basically bred to be a genius who is perfect, so it didn’t bother me too much.

The best part about this book was the dynamic of both The Fifty and The Core. Everyone in The Fifty has different opinions of the best way to do things. Some look for a peaceful route that can save everyone. Some want to kill all the aliens, even the ones that don’t know what they are (which makes for the most edge-of-your-seat moment in the book). Some are in the middle. There are even aliens who have left The Core who see things differently from the “take all the power’ group. I will read the next book in the series just to see where all that goes

It wasn’t the best book, but it was good. It lost an extra star because it didn’t actually end. The last sentence was just a cliffhanger for the next book and that is one of my pet peeves.

Have you read any good science fiction lately?


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