From Goodreads: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.
You’re looking at a girl who can’t read a science fiction book without being half bored to death. I don’t know why! I just never seem to be able to concentrate enough to grasp what’s actually going on. I think sci-fi isn’t the genre that “clicks” with me.
However there was something about Scan that definitely clicked with me.
Tate’s father has always trained him to be “prepared”. Prepared for what, exactly? Tate never knew. Until the day his father is shot and Tate discovers that an alien invasion is taking place.
What I liked about this story is the fact that everything seemed so believable. There was nothing I couldn’t grasp, and it was honestly very interesting. The alien concept was so different than what I’m used to. You hear “alien” and think of creatures with giant heads and green skin. Here we get a whole different take on what “aliens” are.
Tate is a character that I really really liked. He was smart in every sense of the word, and yet he didn’t brag about it. He didn’t feel presumptuous when he said he could speak more than 10 languages. I really liked that about him. Tate is so imaginative and inventive when it comes to survival. He made a weapon out of oranges. ORANGES! I really loved every second where he would create new weapons and inventions in desperate situations.
“When you touch something, your skin leaves behind all sorts of stuff- amino acids, isoagglutinogen, potassium, and a bunch of other compounds. […] All it took to gather the fingerprint was a lightbulb, some foil, a bit of superglue, this strip of tape, and some vodka.”
I also really enjoyed his relationship with Christina. We finally see the relationship through his eyes. For once we don’t need to second guess what Tate’s real feelings are, because we know that he really cares for her. His relationship with Christina never seemed “in the way” of anything, which I also loved to see.
What I didn’t expect was to see such a well-developed relationship with his mother. It’s common in YA to see absentee parents, so when I actually saw Tate’s mother playing such a big part of the story, I was pleased. His relationship with her at first is really estranged. Once they start getting to know each other and actually speaking to each other and conveying how they feel, you could actually see a real mother-son bond forming. It was so nice! <3
This book is definitely action-packed and I really could not put it down until the very end. There were lots of twists, turns, and surprises that just left you in awe. I cannot wait for the next book, since this one left me with a really significant cliffhanger.
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