Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Review: Scan (Scan #1) by: Sarah Fine and Walter Jury

Release Date: May 1, 2014 from Putnam
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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."

My Thoughts:

This book surprised me. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but it also frustrated me more than I thought it would. It was a fun story that pretty much takes off immediately and it just keeps going. Seriously, it feels like the book never stops. There is no such thing as downtime and that really keeps you hooked to the pages. It also makes it feel like you are running a never ending marathon. I kept waiting for Tate to be some sort of safe but it never happened.

Tate is a good perspective to read from and I always enjoy switching it up with a guy’s point of view. I really liked Tate because he is simply a good guy. You can tell it with everything he does; from the big decisions to the tiny ones. He is just easy to like and get behind. He has been trained his whole life for some unknown responsibility and it hasn’t been easy. My heart truly broke for him because he clearly did not have a particularly nice or normal upbringing. But his upbringing did equip him to create explosives out of many things, so there’s that.

Then there is Christina who I also really loved. She was so strong and dealt so well with all the crazy. She was such a great support for Tate. I adored her. I really did. I always appreciate a strong character who is strong without question and has the crazy thrust upon them and just steps up to the plate and that was Christina.

Scan is full with a bunch of secondary characters and this was my biggest obstacle with the book. See, I hated every single character other than Tate and Christina. Like, I’m not even exaggerating or being dramatic. I hated them. I didn’t like their actions or condescension or the way they handled anything. I didn’t trust anyone or anything and just ugh. It can get a bit tiring when you can’t trust anyone.

Despite my hatred for characters, I did truly enjoy Scan. It was nonstop action and it really does grab your attention. You will root for Tate from the get go and it is very easy to get invested in his story. It was just enough sci-fi without being too much to comprehend. I love a well done sci-fi and that is exactly what Scan delivers. The story builds up and up and then the ending drops on a dime and has you begging for a sequel.

All in all, Scan is a great read for sci-fi fans and one you do not want to miss.


  1. It's always cool/interesting when you can really like a book despite the characters. Thanks for the review!

  2. Those running like a mad person through the whole book kinda stories are exhausting. But it sounds like it might be worth the work. :)

  3. I'm glad that you were able to enjoy this despite hating all the side characters, Teresa. I don't know...I love a great cast of characters, but I want to at least like them. :) Great review!

  4. The non-stop action and keeping your attention does sound like a positive, but if there were character issues, that is where I am more invested than world building issues, need for action, etc.

  5. Thank you for sharing info about this one, it looks interesting.

  6. I'm so happy you enjoyed this one, too -- in spite of the annoying secondary characters. And you nailed it -- it does make you feel like you've run a marathon! So action-packed! I just loved Tate and all his crazy inventions. I definitely want to pick up the sequel 'cause that ending was just mean. Wonderful review, love!

  7. I like reading from a male's POV every now and then as well. I also like the sound of his character and Christina. Does suck that the secondary characters were, well, characters you just couldn't enjoy at all. :( You have to have great secondary characters as well! The book does sound good, and I like the action-packedness!

    Lovely review!! *HUGSSSS*

  8. OOh, I've been wanted to read tihs!

  9. Its a shame that the secondary characters didn't work for you, but I am happy to see that you still loved the book ;)

    Great review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  10. Oh, hating all the characters? That sucks. But at least you liked the main ones, lol. I haven't heard much about this book, but I do like that cover, haha.


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