by Sarah Fine, Walter Jury
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Published: May 1st 2014 by Putnam Children's
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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 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.
“Can I help you, bud?” I ask, wanting badly to turn back to Christina and finish what I started before our other friends get here.
“Are you sure the guy who made those firecrackers out of Red Bull and chopsticks?” he blurts.
It was just a little prank, a concoction I whipped up to celebrate the first day of my junior year by creating a few lasting memories – and a lot of chaos. Now it’s been elevated to the status of legend and I’m being credited with creating explosives out of completely un-explosive materials, which is pretty cool, but not something I can brag about publicly. “Dude, I will neither confirm nor deny involvement in that incident.” I wink at him.
His face lights up like a sodium nitrate flame, and his voice squeaks as he says, “I heard you’re, like, some kind of modern-day MacGyver. You did the thing with the jet-propelled silly string in Ms. Ganswick’s office, too, didn’t you?”
Yeah, I did. Mix acrylic resin with sorbitan trifoliate and a shitload of propellant like dichlordifluoromethane – all conveniently heisted from my dad’s lab – and you have an excellent way to exact revenge on a teacher who gives you a C just because she doesn’t like your views on nuclear energy or whatnot.
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