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Title: Scan (Scan #1)
Walter Jury and S.E. Fine used a lot of familiar SciFi concepts and wove them together to form the book that is Scan. Aliens are living among humans on earth without any distinctions on appearances. Secret organizations work hard to preserve their respective races. A special device is coveted by many to the point of killing. There’s a lot of running away and fighting. I think what sets Scan apart from other similar books is the attention to detail given by the authors. How does humanity survive if most aren’t even aware who’s human and who’s not? It’s very interesting to find how the knowledgeable humans worked and adapted to this world filled with aliens. I was also impressed by Tate’s abilities.
Tate Archer was an ass for most of the book. He was very disrespectful and tactless towards a lot of people. I hated how he sometimes acted towards his girlfriend and parents. He was basically the reason the conflict even started. But Tate is also talented and brilliant. His father prepared him well after all. I like how he used mundane day-to-day items to create defensive weapons and survival devices. I’m really bad at science though so I’m not sure if the facts are all plausible. Tate’s parents were really great characters that had more underneath their cold and calculated expressions. It’s too bad it wasn’t so easily apparent to Tate that it cause him to lash out against them. And it irked me that they wouldn’t answer all of his questions easily. I know they’re trying to protect their son, but I think it wasn’t much help to him, especially during the dire situation. I still liked them though.
This book is a big reminder of why I have been avoiding books in a series recently – CLIFFHANGERS. And this book just came out so I’m assuming the wait for the next one will be quite long. I personally don’t like it when books leave a lot of things hanging. Scan has a lot of secrets that could make or break this series, depending on how the sequels would turn out. I guess all we could do is wait.
OVERALL, Scan doesn’t have a lot to offer in terms of plot, but the world building just might entice its readers. Tate is abruptly sucked into conflicts that would surely test his wit and skills, slowly discovering secrets that have been kept for many years. It was action-packed and entertaining. I think this series still has a long way to go though, and I’m quite curious as to where it is headed. If the facts in this book are correct, I bet that chemistry or science lovers would enjoy this novel.
- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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