Scan by Walter Jury and S.E. Fine [Review and Giveaway]

Putnam Children | ARC, 336 pages
May 1st, 2014
Young Adult | Science Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Tate has lived his life on a strict regiment under the careful watch of his father; so strict, that it’s as though he lives in a military barracks instead of the place that he calls home. He’s always known that he’s being trained for something; he just didn’t know what. He’d silently rebelled by reciprocating his father’s coldness. Through his minute rebellion, he found a way to break in to his father’s heavily secured study where he stores high grade weapons of his invention. It was during one of his break-ins that he finds a hand-held device that would serve as a catalyst for a discovery of an alien invasion years in the making.

For hundreds of years, these aliens have lived amongst us; undetected and indecipherable. As the invasion continues on over the years, the human population is quickly and subtly being eradicated. That’s what a group of “pure” humans are trying to protect. Aside from working to conserve the remaining known human population, they are also trying to find ways to take Earth back. But with so many of them perfectly concealed, and entrenched in numerous government agencies, the group is practically a dying breed. This is when Tate learns about his role and what he needed to do to keep the fight alive. And with the help of his estranged mother and his girlfriend, they will do what’s needed to be done to keep “them” from obtaining a technology that is sure to exterminate human civilization.

The tag team writers of Walter Jury and Sarah Fine penned a Sci-Fi book palatable enough for non-readers like me. It was action from the get go that did not relent until the end. With a tagline like “Mac Gyver meets War of the Worlds”, this book was impossible to resist – and it did not disappoint either. For the romance reader in all of us, this book presents one that is not really forbidden but dangerous for all parties involve. I’m curious to see where it’s headed, but from what I’ve read  so far, it looks to be a bumpy ride.

Tate made a very convincing boy-genius. I appreciated the fact that his intelligence did not all came from text book; at least, the authors didn’t make it seem so. He was book smart, street smart, and yes, smart aleck. He was emotional when it calls for it, fierce and explosive. I enjoyed his point of view. There’s still a lot to be gleaned about the invaders, but nothing is at seems. I feel like a huge twist is in the offing, and I’m really excited to find out.

All in all, this initial offering to what proved to be “Sci-Fi for the masses”, is undeniably solid. A true page-turner in all sense of the word, it features (somewhat) realistic characters and truly engrossing plot.

Thanks to Alexa of Collections and Beth of BookittyBlog for lending me their ARC. Check out their reviews as well. 🙂

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  • I love sci-fi, and I love this cover, and I’m happy to see your positive review. Alien invasions make me very, very happy.

  • It’s so great to know that this book did not disappoint. Tate sounds interesting, and I’m glad it’s a male protagonist this time. Let’s see if this sci-fi is one I’ll like. 🙂

  • thx u for hosting ^^

  • Rachel Spring

    Ooh, I absolutely LOVE these types of sci fi books. A page turner, great characters, an engrossing plot, plus a cover that makes me want to reach for it? Count me in, for sure! This actually has been on my TBR list for a while now, but I haven’t read a review for it before now, and I am just all kinds of excited!! Tate sounds great (haha, I rhymed) and I truly can’t wait to read this one. I’m excited to hear about him going against his horrible sounding father and teaming up with his girlfriend and estranged mother to be a part of a rebellion! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

    • Thanks, Rachel. Good luck with the contest. I hope you’ll be able to read it soon. 🙂

  • This one sounds really good! And the cover is eye-catching and I actually might picked this one up 🙂

    Happy Reading!

    • Enjoy, Patrick. 🙂 How could anyone say no to a young Mc Gyver? Lol.

  • I have to admit that I kind of like my sci-fi to be sci-fi “lite”. My brain can only brain so much science-y stuff before it shuts down. I wish it wasn’t so, but alas. This sounds pretty good. I love a smart and a smart aleck protagonist, so I may give this one a try. Great review!

    • My brain functions the same way, Natalie. It can only handle too much Scientific jargon or it takes off to far away places. Lol. This book was surprisingly easy to follow. Anyway, I hope you’ll give it a try.

  • Sounds like a great sci-fi book, it’s mostly been overlooked by the book blogging community so I’m glad you provided us with your thoughts. Lovely review Joy!

    • Aw. Thanks, Jeann. And it’s quite unfortunate since it really is an awesome book.

  • Christy

    I just realized that this by the same author who wrote Sanctum. Huh. I never even really paid attention to this book, but I’m curious now that I know that.

    • Yes! If you love Sanctum, there’s a chance you might just enjoy this one as well. I hope you’ll like it. 🙂

  • Sounds interesting, especially since you say it’s “palatable to non-readers”. 🙂 Thanks for review!

    • Thanks, Victoria. It’s what made it even more enjoyable, to be honest. I didn’t have to think too hard, or use my imagination too much. 😉

  • His balance of smart and emotional when needed, making him a great addition to what sounds like a great start to series

  • I love science-fiction, so I’m thrilled to see this was an engaging debut into the genre. Fantastic review – I can’t wait to get my hands on this now! 🙂

    • Thanks, Keertana. I hope you’ll have the chance to read it soon. 🙂

  • I am a huge fan of sci fi! this book sounds amazing!!

  • I am not a huge sci fi fan but this does sound really interesting!

    • I’m not a huge fan either, but this one was very engrossing. You’ll hardly notice it was a Sci-fi piece. 🙂

  • Oh I’ve not heard of this book before Joy, but I’m glad that it provided a solid read for you, also Tate sounds like a character that I would hugely like! Thanks for putting this book on my radar lovely!

    • No problem, Jasprit. I hope you’ll love it. 😉

  • I’ve been waiting so long to read this scifi piece. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • No problem! Make sure you check out Alexa’s and Beth’s reviews as well. 🙂 Thanks for the comment love. 🙂