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I thoroughly enjoyed this book--it was very fast-paced from beginning to end, and the story caught and held my attention from the start. I listened to the audiobook, which is engagingly narrated by Luke Daniels. A nice mix of characters and intrigue--an alien plot to take over the world--and a story which is often surprisingly nuanced. YA reading of very high calibre, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
 
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sdramsey | 11 outras críticas | Dec 14, 2020 |
When I first started this book, I was not sure what to think. But I had heard good things about Sarah Fine's writing so I kept reading. I was not disappointed.

SPOILERS AHEAD

This was a fantastic book! The beginning was slow and I kept thinking "is this book about wrestling/boxing?" which, frankly, did not interest me. However, it quickly changed and I was very glad.

So basically, humans are being wiped out but not all of them know it. The H2 have invaded Earth but most of them do not realize that they are not human now that a few generations have gone by. However, less than a quarter of the population is human.

Tate stole a piece of equipment from his father's lab but has no idea what it does, all he knows is that it either shows a blue or red light (or orange but we don't know what that color means yet). Then all of a sudden he's running for his life, fighting his teacher, trying to save his girlfriend, trying to save his dad, his dad dies, Tate and Christina are running for their lives, Tate reconnects with his mom, Christina gets shot, they go to a safe house which turns out to not be safe, they escape, they get the scanner back, and now they are on the run again. Now, add a ton more action to that and you will have the book.

While that description makes it seem very straight forward and simple, it's not. There are many twists and turns in this book which keep you on the edge of your seat and not wanting to put the book down for a minute.

Tate is a good kid and he is trying his best. He had no clue what his family truly was or that there were aliens. All he wanted was to make his dad proud of him and to make his girlfriend, Christina, happy.

I have so much empathy for Christina. At the beginning of the book, she was the ideal girl. Now she finds out that she is actually an alien and that, while Tate still loves her, his family doesn't want them together because they want to keep the family line "pure". Even after she has risked her life multiple times to save his, his mom doesn't completely accept her for something that she cannot control. Which is a common theme throughout history.

This is a very great book! It is engaging and adventurous. The characters are easy to understand and relate to. It was easy to understand and follow and was never boring, except for the very beginning in my opinion.

5 stars! Can't wait to read book 2!
 
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Michelle_Boyea | 11 outras críticas | Jun 7, 2019 |
Tate doesn’t get along with his very strict and demanding father who has him on a gruelling regime of workouts, learning and diet. In an act of rebellion he breaks into his dad’s science lab and steals something he doesn’t fully understand. Less than 24 hours later his father is dead, Tate has found out that his girlfriend is an alien and he’s questioning whether there is anyone on the planet he can trust with the scanner his dad died to protect.
Scan is fast paced, non stop action. It will fly off your shelves and will be equally enjoyed by male or female adolescents.½
 
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JRlibrary | 11 outras críticas | Aug 4, 2018 |
Completely in Tate's pov and begins with a defeat at a wrestling tournament semifinals with Tate unwilling to face his father's disappointment/anger. Tate wants to spend time with his girlfriend and scale back a little with the insane workout and education regimen that his father has him doing. A stupid mistake is what brings hell on earth. Tate goes into his father's lab, steals a piece of technology, and brings it to school. It's not long before Tate, his girlfriend, and his mother (whom he hasn't seen in quite some time) are on the run from people who want the scanner back. This book is extremely science-fiction-based, and I absolutely love this. Tate's father is a scientist, his mother is a scientist, and Tate himself is a science genius. The fast pace of the story, the way the plot kept moving and moving. No one part of the book was particularly slow or extremely fast - the overall pacing was excellent. Tate is intelligent, as well as loyal, cautious, and headstrong. The supporting characters - Christina, Mitra, George, and several others were very well developed. The overall issue of this book deals with aliens who look like humans. The human population is about one fourth of what it is right now, and the rest are aliens. However, most of the human-looking aliens on the Earth don't know that they're aliens. So that makes it difficult to completely hate the aliens - most of them have no idea that they are aliens. If you like science fiction novels, then I would highly recommend this book!
 
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Nightrune | 11 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2018 |
"Car chases, explosions and action galore—awesome."—Kirkus Reviews on Scan

At the cliffhanger ending of Scan, Tate loses the very thing he was fighting to protect, what his father had called the key to human survival. Tate doesn't have much time to worry about it because he needs to get away, to ensure he and Christina are safe. His father left him one last thing that can do just that—a safehouse, which turns out to be a clue to what's really threatening the planet. As Tate follows the clues his father left behind, he starts to uncover the truth, realizing he's up against an enemy he's only beginning to understand.

A riveting, fast-paced "we are not alone" adventure, Burn thrills to the very end.
 
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Clippers | Dec 21, 2017 |
What a fun read! When I heard I had won Scan in a giveaway, I was so excited. Scan is by two FANTASTIC authors: Sarah Fine, author of Sanctum, and Walter Jury who worked on Divergent! Thankfully, my expectations were met :)

Scan has an awesome main character. Tate is smart, talented, and still has faults like a normal teenage. His relationship with his father is strained, to say the least. Tate doesn't understand why his dad wants him to learn seemingly useless, but difficult, skills. Hmm... :)

Of course, there turn out to be aliens and lots of fun stuff!

Thankfully, this book was more of an action novel than a romance. However, I still loved that Tate has a girlfriend, Christina, and the two of them were awesome together. Scan showed a relationship that had already begun before the first pages, and was still intact in the end!

Also, I loved the cool plot. I won't say much, for fear of spoilers, but, well, the two authors waved together an amazing, action-packed story fraught with interesting questions for the readers. Like, what if you weren't human? What if you were, in fact, the enemy of humans? Also, we saw large cases of discrimination that made me frustrated!

One of my only complaints is that Scan isn't a book that will stick with you after reading. While the book is addicting and exciting while I was flipping pages, I promptly forgot about Tate's story once I put it down. There wasn't enough emotional investment I tell you!

Overall, Scan was a fun read that shouldn't be missed. I can't wait for the next book!

3.5/5 Stars
 
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Emily_Anne | 11 outras críticas | Aug 8, 2016 |
Perfect for fans of the I Am Number Four series
 
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EmilyRokicki | 11 outras críticas | Feb 26, 2016 |

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!

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.

A digital review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I also own a physical copy which I won in a giveaway
 
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mariannelee_0902 | 11 outras críticas | Jul 1, 2015 |
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!

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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mariannelee_0902 | 11 outras críticas | Jun 19, 2015 |
Tate Archer outruns armed government officials as he tries to keep his now dead father's strange invention out of the wrong hands, alien hands.
 
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ShellyPYA | 11 outras críticas | Dec 2, 2014 |
Scan felt like a really solid book from the beginning. I liked the writing, the plot and the characters. The book is definitely traditional Sci-Fi but it also is a thriller. It had good pacing and interesting storylines. As well as answering some questions but leaving others for the rest of the series.

I love the relationship between Tate and Christina because of two solid it is. From the beginning they are in things together. They have some bumps in the road but they work things out. I love that they are able to admit when they are wrong.

I really liked the plot of the novel. Aliens have invaded Earth but not suddenly. It’s actually been a while since they have been on the planet have integrated themselves with humans. In fact humans have become the minority because almost everyone has at least some alien blood in them. The humans that are pure have formed families. Kind of like their own little human mafia and therefore marry each other in order to keep the human race pure. Most people don’t even know that they are H2 (which is what they call the aliens) besides the families there is a ruling set of aliens that have taken over the government, police and so forth and what the integration to continue without a hitch.

Tate’s father has invented something important. A scanner that can tell what your genetic makeup is. Both sides want the device in order to use it to their own advantage. Which can be good or bad depending on what you believe in. Tate has to protect it and navigate whom he should trust.

I liked all the characters in Scan. Tate is trained from birth by his father in order to be survivor and fighter. He definitely has issues with his parents and his relationships with them because they kept him in the dark. Waiting for the right time to fill him in. Tate is smart and clever and uses Science as a weapon. I love how he can make things out of ordinary products. Using chemicals and how they react when mixed with one another. Christina is a pretty kick butt girl. She’s loyal and protective of Tate. She doesn’t have to go on this adventure with him but she does. She’s also really clever as well. Tate’s mom turns out to be pretty awesome and I even like the villains. All the characters are well developed and flushed out. Even ones we know for a short period of time.

I really like Scan and if you are looking for a good YA Sci-fi this is a great book to pick up. I’m looking forward to the second book to find out what happens next. We were left with a bit of cliffhanger at the end.
 
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JenWitch | 11 outras críticas | May 21, 2014 |
Flume Nominee 2015
 
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Clippers | 11 outras críticas | Dec 21, 2017 |
3.5 stars. Rtc.
 
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JennyJen | 11 outras críticas | Aug 14, 2014 |
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