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Scan Hardcover – May 1, 2014
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-This well written book pulled me in and grabbed my attention from the first chapter and kept me reading late into the night.
-The action was non stop. It never let up which made putting the book down near impossible.
-The main character of Tate is completely believable. A very smart and athletic teen who still makes inappropriate choices at times, but manages to handle an incredibly difficult situation with amazing aplomb.
-The supporting characters are also key to Scan’s success. Christina especially shines as she selflessly stands by Tate’s side, despite not always being sure of where she stands with him. She must be going through so much inner turmoil of her own, yet without her strength I doubt Tate would have lasted a day.
-The MacGyver moments. I loved Macgyver when I was a kid (Yes I am dating myself…lol) And there were just enough moments sprinkled throughout Scan when Tate pulls his own MacGyver moods to make me feel nostalgic.
-This book is more than just action and aliens. It makes one think: What does it mean to be human?
The Not So Good:
-Love the cover, but I don’t quite feel that it represents this book as well as it should, perhaps it’s foreshadowing for things to come?
-The Cliff Hanger! Now we need to wait until 2015 to see what happens!
I whipped through this book in no time and enjoyed every minute. An action packed science fiction read with a smidge of romance, a lot of courage and ingenuity, and some crazy survivalists, Scan is sure to appeal to a wide variety of reader and even some non readers. And if you need a good palate cleanser in between other reads, Scan fits the bill perfectly.
NOTE: Review copy rcvd from publisher in exchange for this honest review.
That said, some issues I think the others might have missed. Some... inconsistencies...
1) It should be noted that if two creatures can interbreed, they are the same species, regardless of different genetics. Thus H1 and H2 are the same species.
2) There is a great deal of 'much ado about nothing' in this book. If the differences between H1 and H2 are so small that no one seems to be able to figure them out, then who cares? Why would they care? The book seems to be making some sort of wierd anti-racist point, but the whole issue in racism is that you CAN see some differences!
3) How do they figure out how many H1 and H2 are there? Taking statistics is difficult in the best of circumstances, but here we have two groups that are impossible to tell apart, but somebody is able to count them??
4) Assuming that the rest of the book is correct, there is a huge hole in the whole 'fifty families' ethos. In addition to promoting marriages among humans, they would also be strongly promoting having a lot of children. In this light the breakup of the father's marriage makes no sense, nor does the fact he only had the one child. Staying with, and having more children with, one's wife would be a prime goal, not some modern extra.
5) The genetics of the book don't work. I suppose this falls under the ageis of 'suspending disbelief', but the idea that every combination of H1 and H2 produce and H2 fails the genetic test. Even assuming that H1 is recessive, after a couple of generations the mixed genetic pairs would start throwing recessive recessive combinations.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really fun book that teens would like. I read it (even though I'm way older than the intended reader) because it looked interesting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rena
This book was just "okay". There is a lot of action in it, but the action scenes could be improved by adding more details to what is happening. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas C. Duensing
Hailed as "MacGyver meets War of the Worlds" which is an apt description. I would just add...with a touch of Transformers (except the Aliens are more human-like instead of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
All the other reviews are correct in that this book is very fast with lots of action. Yet it written for a teenager and ends as if the the writer completely lost interest. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bob W.
This book took me a long time to get to. I had it on my TBR list for what seemed like forever and decided I really should read this book since I really am interested in what's... Read morePublished 13 months ago by JennRenee
I bought this book to review it as a possible read for my grandchildren. While I bought it with them in mind, I very much enjoyed it myself. Good fast paced adventure. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Glenda Coleman
I wasn't really sure about this book, but decided to get it. I'm really glad I took the chance. The story flows well, the characters are believable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by RW