Scan: Review + Giveaway

May 14, 2014 2014, 3 star books, giveaway, Kim, sarah fine, sci fi or futuristic 66 ★★★

Scan: Review + GiveawayScan by Sarah Fine, Walter Jury
Published by Putnam Children's on May 1, 2014
Genres: science fiction
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
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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 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.

So one way to succinctly summarize Scan is “Junior MacGyver vs. the Aliens.” Okay, there is more to it than that, but that is the basic gist. We follow the adventures of Tate Archer as he unwittingly unleashes a secret and powerful alien horde on his family. Kids these days!

For me, the strongest point of the book was the characterization. For being a MacGyver-level, 11 language speaking, hacker, chemistry genius, Tate comes off as a normal teenage boy. He makes some really dumb (but understandable) mistakes. Sometimes he says the wrong things to his girlfriend, Christina. Perhaps he was even too normal in some ways. At the very beginning of the book Tate’s POV is just so obnoxiously male. He berates himself for being “a pussy.” His thoughts and the way he looks at Christina occasionally rove toward “leer” territory, but is balanced by how much you can tell that Tate really loves her. He would sometimes think the most adoring and sweet things. The sort of words I imagine many teen girls would love to hear from their boyfriends. So I guess the weird thing I’m saying here is that I enjoyed his characterization but didn’t necessarily always like it. This is a small example of how I feel about the book at large, I suppose. There were aspects that I liked so much only for them to be weighted down by an unfavorable element.

I’m happy to report that Christina was great in her own right. Lacking the lifetime of training Tate has had, she proves more than capable to think quick and act bravely in some really terrifying situations. She was so emotionally strong as well. I know I wouldn’t be able to keep it together half as well after learning that aliens not only existed but were out to get me personally. Another great thing about her: she’s kickass and super feminine.  I also really appreciated the inclusion of Tate’s mom as part of the main trio. Moms in YA are just so often sort of these background characters (if they appear at all!) who are somewhat clueless or helpless in their children’s lives. I just thought it was so refreshing to see a mother character being independent, fierce, and fiercely intelligent. The ladies in this book were strong characters and forces to be reckoned with.

The action scenes are tense, bloody, high adrenaline shockers. I enjoyed them but I wanted more. The beginning and end contain nearly all of the action. A non-stop thrill ride this is not. In between there is a lot of telling not showing as various characters reveal (or refuse to reveal) key information about the alien invasion and the nature of the alien’s true designs on our planet. I had a sense of frustration as I felt like we spent the vast majority of the book listening to characters talk about the aliens but not really learning anything that advanced the plot. At the end of the book the main questions raised at the beginning are still unanswered. With a series, I feel like it’s important to keep the main mystery alive but scatter the story throughout with answers to smaller questions. Even answering the first book’s main mystery is fine if new questions are raised by the end of that book. It is possible my reading comprehension is failing me and we did receive these answers and I missed them.

Another thing is that when I think “alien thriller” I think of my aliens as more…well, alien. These aliens are genetically identical to humans and have been living and interbreeding among us for 400 years. They already outnumber actual humans and the vast, vast majority have no awareness that they aren’t actually human. There’s just a small core (actually called The Core) of aliens who are intent upon obtaining the Scanner and…committing presumably nefarious deeds? We don’t know why they want it and we don’t know the real important truth of what it does. There are no spaceships, no alien superpowers, and nothing else to really differentiate the aliens that you couldn’t just substitute with “Evil Corporate Entity”, “Evil Mastermind”, etc…They could be any human organization with bad intentions and a lot of power. I really wanted that sense of otherness and I didn’t get it.

I will say that I think this could very well be one of those books that in retrospect of Book 2 is some seriously brilliant set up. I do get the sense that there is a very big, perhaps explosive, reveal coming in future installments. We shall see.

My favorite aspect of the plot was (suprise!) the romance between Tate and Christina. I actually really liked them as a couple. For as much as it maybe came across above as though I don’t like Tate, I was really impressed by his character growth toward the end of the story. Like I said, he says the wrong things sometimes but he truly means well. There’s not a lot of room for romance in this story but what there is is really sweet and effectively done. And there was a subtle but clearly intentional insistence on the importance of consent that was wonderful to see. I also just love that this is more of a “boy book” (though I loathe such distinctions) and yet it contains a romantic storyline that, while not the focus, is by no means relegated to the background. So much of what motivates Tate in this story is inextricably linked to his feelings for Christina. These two go through a lot both physically and emotionally and weather their issues better than many adults could. And it doesn’t seem even the least bit unrealistic (which is such a credit to authors). I’m rooting for them.

There is a lot to love here, it just didn’t quite grip me in the way I wanted it to. My reaction feels so personally specific, though. The action is great, the characters are relatable, the ladies are fierce (woo!) and there are some truly interesting themes touched upon of acceptance and bridging the gaps in misconception between the generations (and sometimes species!). We are really big fans of Sarah Fine here at The Midnight Garden (you must see this lovely feature she did with us last year on her favorite YA romantic scene!!!) I’m confident this would be a 4 star or higher read in the hands of the right reader. Fair warning! This one has a rather abrupt cliffhanger ending although, thankfully, I wouldn’t classify it as a “killer.”



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66 Responses to “Scan: Review + Giveaway”

  1. Jennina

    To be honest, I suck at science and science sucks for me, but I like reading science fiction. And I surely love reading books with male protagonists; it’s a nice break from all the other books I’m reading with female ones, but I’m glad a mother is given a bigger role to fill here, rather than just be a mother. Three out of five stars is neither good nor bad for me, and I hope I’d be the right reader for Scan. ;)

  2. Ariana

    sounds interesting! i’m trying to read more sci-fi books, and this one sounds like my type of book

  3. celeste c

    Because I’d love to read a sci-fi book and this book looks amazing!

  4. Katie F

    I’ve been wanting to get back to reading some sci-fi!

  5. Natasha

    I am excited to read Scan because I haven’t read many books featuring aliens.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Rashika

    I have to agree with you, I consider my aliens more ‘alien’. I don’t always mind the ‘they are similar to humans approach’ so long as it’s done well and as a huge fan of Sarah Fine, I am excited to see how she fares in this genre :D

    I am sad you didn’t enjoy this more though :(

    Lovely review, Kim!! :)

    • Kim

      *sigh* I just love those real *alien* aliens. (On a sidenote, WHY ISNT THE INFINITE SEA IN MY LIFE YET?! Arrrgh.) People do seem to really love Sarah Fine. Maybe I was too hard on this book? It was a totally fine read I just don’t have strong feelings on it. Here’s hoping you enjoy it more than I did, Rashika!
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  7. Eriele

    I love sci-fi novels, and well, reasonable aliens are good points to add in a story. And this is an ARC, so why not!

    • Kim

      Ohhh there are some seriously great YA alien books out there. I will recommend to you Andrea K. Host’s AND ALL THE STARS and THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey. Read ’em! Oh and this one too. :)
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  8. fishgirl182

    Thanks for the review. I didn’t know anything about this book. I loved MacGuyver and this really appeals to me. Glad to hear that there are some strong female characters in this, especially a mom. Let’s bring back parents into YA stories. While my own parents were not around all the time, the absentee parents syndrome in YA books often feels contrived to me.

    Thanks for the heads up about this one. I will keep an eye out for it.
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    • Kim

      Oh I’m so glad to bring this one to your attention! And right? The integral (and badass) mom character here was such a welcome component. I agree, I wish we had less absentee parent syndrome. I’m starting a “WHERE ARE THE YA PARENTS?” petition. :p
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    • Kim

      Oh you’re spot on! SCAN is all of those things! And if you’re especially looking for a story where the romance takes the backseat I am happy to inform that this story does oblige. When you ask me, though, a story can never have too much romance. :p
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  9. Mary G Loki

    Ive been on a Sci Fi kick lately. I just got done reading Sylo and Storm and I loved them! Scan reminds of them! :D

  10. sherry butcher

    love books with good characterization, women with character being independent and intelligent.

  11. Pili

    Hmmmm, I’ve heard so many good things about Sara Fine’s books and still haven’t read any! I must remedy that!
    I love to hear that the females in this book were fierce and kick arse, that and you saying the main character is Junior McGyver?? Totally sold me to the book! (I was obsessed with McGyver when I was younger!!).
    Great review, Kim!
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    • Kim

      Ha people seem to really be liking my Junior MacGyver tagline! I didn’t know it would be such a convincer. :p But am glad! Yeah, the gals here are great. I think you’d like this one, Pili!
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  12. Katie @ Spirit of Children's Literature

    Love your review of this, and I’m intrigued by the premise. I loved The 5th Wave, and for some reason, I am now wanting to grab any alien books I can. I also like that the mother character in this story is strong and independent, as you wrote, and it’s refreshing to hear about such a character!
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    • Kim

      I looooove alien books (and The Fifth Wave!) but this is a bit different from typical alien books. The aliens here are less alien than I prefer though ymmv. I could HUG this book for having such a wonderful, integral, and kickass mother. Definitely something I wish we saw more of in YA.
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  13. Thomas

    Wonderful and detailed review as always! I’d want to win this book for some of the smaller things you mentioned: a strong, fierce mother and a romance that emphasizes the importance of consent. Of course I love great characterization as well, so that would be a huge plus too.
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    • Kim

      Aren’t you the actual sweetest! <3 What wonderful reasons to want to win. Those were my favorite things about this book as well. It sounds like you would love this one. Good luck, Thomas!
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  14. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    I had mixed feelings about this book, honestly! I gave it a 3 too…buuuut, I felt like the entire premise was a tad cliche and unbelievable. I mean, Tate took that scanner thingy to SCHOOL?! Say WHAT. And all that time they spent with the country hicks seemed like it was there for killing time. I did like how awesome Christina was and how she wasn’t just a pretty face. Niiiice.
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    • Kim

      I get what you mean but I thought that the point of this one isn’t to be taken too seriously. Just go along on the fun alien chase with Junior MacGyver, you know? Yes, it was super dumb of Tate to bring the scanner to school but teenagers are dumb (sorry, teens. adults are dumb too…just in different ways) and would do things like that. And plot had to be kicked off somehow. I sure feel bad for Tate, really. He inadvertently caused all of this destruction (and his dad’s death!) from one stupid mistake. Yeah, the middle part did drag, though. We get it. They’re inbred human supremacists hanging out in the woods. Why does this take up the entire middle portion of the book? The Christina awesomeness made up for it, though. She really was great. :)
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  15. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I feel like, theoretically, I should love this novel. I’m always drawn to well-developed romance, combined with strong characterization, but the fact that this book failed to completely draw you in speaks volumes. I’ve been facing that issue with Sarah Fine’s recent work as well, so while I haven’t yet made up my mind whether or not this is for me, your review has given me a lot to think about, Kim. Thanks!
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    • Kim

      I do seem to be in the minority on this one, though, Keertana. Mostly all other reviews for this one are glowing! Oh no! What is wrong with me?! This really is a fun little book. Just don’t take it too seriously and it’s perfectly enjoyable. Tate is a little too perfect at getting out of tough situations but it’s so fun and entertaining to see what he comes up with. Just go with it, I say. The middle is a bit draggy but I think the other strengths in the book make up for it for the most part. Well, I’m glad I could be helpful! :)
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  16. Larissa

    I have read Sarah Fine’s Guards of the Shadow lands series and completely adore it so far. That’s why I’m quite excited to try Scan and see if my enjoyment of it is at the same level. Still, I find sci-fi in YA quite a hard genre to be done well. In YA it depends to not be well developed enough for me, or the romance takes over the storyline.

    I’m glad the characterization of Tate was overall well done. I do dislike it when there’s a teenage boy narration in YA and the voice seems inauthentic. I also like the sound of the idea that Christina is not only emotionally strong but also feminine. Lol I definitely have some feelings around characters and I feel like a lot tend to become the same “strong” individual. By that I mean sarcastic, physically capable and badass. So it’s nice to see that Christina can bring her femininity and also be emotionally strong. Wow, it’s also not everyday that you see a mother being featured in YA without the stereotypical cluelessness attached.

    The fact that the action in this one was good when present is encouraging. The issue arises when it only is featured in the ending and the beginning though. Personally I dislike it when the middle drags on, or when the middle just seems like a big stretch of nothing that will lead to the inevitable ending. It’s also annoying that a lot of the questions weren’t answered >.< When books do that I honestly feel cheated. Like I read 365 pages to find out..??? Nothing. Okay. The whole alien situation also seems odd to me too O.o For me when alien's are involved in a story it's too add a feeling of unearthliness. They should easily be differentiated from the humans. In Scan it sounds like they just blend in.

    Wow the romance actually does sound like something I could get behind. Lol and if you couldn't tell I'm fairly critical of romance in YA :P The fact that there was a focus on the importance of consent is wonderful. It's such a prevalent and important concept, I'm so glad that Scan showcases it. I'm also glad to hear that Tate goes through some great character development.

    Great review Kim (: Lol your reviews are also so well written and I feel like I have to write a response to everything in them. So I apologize for this crazy long comment
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    • Kim

      Oh, Larissa, *never* apologize for long comments! I love your comments! I am over the moon that you think my reviews are well written! Thank you! I often feel like they are a large blob pile of incoherency. So thank you. :p

      I hear such great things about Sarah Fine’s other books but I haven’t read any yet. I’m *really* looking forward to this year’s OF METAL AND WISHES release. She also has an adult PNR coming out this year (I think) and I can’t wait to check that out as well.

      I can tell you that for sure, here, the romance does not take over. Not one bit. It’s always running subtly in the background. There are only a few scenes that are out and out romantic (not much time for romance when you’re on the run from aliens!) but they are so very sweet. And it is WONDERFUL that consent is presented to clearly and unambiguously. I could love this book for that alone.

      And Christina was so great! She was super girly but able to get the trio out of some really tight spots and she held up so well under all this shock and violence. It was so refreshing that she wasn’t just the typical badass, like you said, and that the mom (the mom!!!) was also amazing. Major points for that. :) And also major points for

      Yeah, I’d say what really kept me from enjoying this one more is that the middle section seemed to drag a little. It was interesting to meet the characters in that section and to see the more extreme reactions that humans have to the presence of aliens but it didn’t add too much from the story and just went on too long. It was basically a very long set up to the action at the end. And yes, the aliens just blend in here. We don’t know enough about their ultimate goals, what the Scanner actually does, what anyone is truly after…it was frustrating to feel so left in the dark. But it is enjoyable overall. I’d reach for this one when I wanted a fun, “guy flick”, sci-fi action read.
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  17. Kate I.

    Imagine if aliens did walk among us. I am creeped out by the idea that people I know, people in my inner circle — people I *love* — might not be human (although it would explain a LOT). MacGyver was one of my favorite shows, and I’d love to read how young Tate, his mom, and Christina fight their enemies (how do they tell who is friend or foe?) in the first installment of this new series, all while grieving the death of Tate’s dad. Sweet romance, kick-butt female characters (one a mom!), intense action scenes … sound as though there’s a lot to like!

    • Kim

      Oh just imagine! That would be super creepy indeed. But if my best friend was unknowingly an alien and we found out but ultimately nothing was different…well, nothing would really be different, you know? She wouldn’t be part of some alien cabal to overthrow humanity. She’d be practically as human as me. So that’s sort of where my dissatisfaction with the alienness in this story lies. And basically “foe” is anyone who is chasing them. Humans could be chasing them! There’s no real difference between the humans and aliens.

      Still, this is a lot of fun and I enjoyed the character growth (particularly Tate’s) through the novel. Sounds like you would love it! Hope you do!
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  18. Xanetia

    Thanks for this giveaway! The book sounds so interesting to me that I can’t wait to have it in my hands. So please, Goddesses of fortune, let it be mine :D

  19. Kate @ Ex Libris

    I’m with you on the aliens. This sounds like a really great, fun sci-fi, though. I’ll have to check it out because I think my nieces and nephews would be all over this one….
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    • Kim

      Oh definitely! This is a fun little sci-fi that I think younger teens would especially enjoy. And I think this is best enjoyed in general if you just go along with the story and don’t worry about the premise being “unreal.” The main character really is almost too good to be true, but honestly, who cares? It’s fun! I just went with it and am glad for it.
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  20. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    I’ve had my eye on this one so happy to see a pretty good review for it. I think I get you about the MC’s character–hopefully it doesn’t bother me too much. Sounds like it shouldn’t though, especially being warned. I sort of wish the aliens were more alien-ish, haha. Great review and thank you for the chance to win!
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    • Kim

      Yeah, he just seemed so typically male. Or what I imagine boys are like. It was definitely a distinctive narration. Maybe I’m just too used to girl POV? I don’t know. Most of the reviews for this one are great so I think I’m just being an oddball here. You probably won’t have a problem~! And perhaps Book 2 will have creepier aliens. *Crosses fingers*
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  21. Carina Olsen

    Amazing review Kim :D I’m glad you enjoyed this book; despite not fully loving it. <3 Ack. The romance is sweet? THAT is the best. Sigh. I am dying to read this book because I love the cover. And I think it sounds pretty awesome. And now.. reading your review, it sounds even more awesome :) And omg. Thank you for making the giveaway international. <3 You guys are the best :D
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    • Kim

      Thank you so much, Carina! I did like it. I honestly did. I feel bad sometimes that three star reviews maybe don’t seem so great. To me a 3 star is a definite “I liked it.” Poor little “I liked its” will just get overshadowed by those “really likes” and “loves” now, won’t they? I love your enthusiasm for this book! I’m sure it won’t let you down. :) And it is our pleasure to offer this internationally. :D Good luck!

  22. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I like the sound of this mother! I definitely like seeing parents in YA play more than just background roles. And I get what you mean about wanting a sense of ‘otherness’ in the aliens – based on what you’ve said, I know I’d probably feel the same. I’m really curious about this though, especially as I’ve enjoyed Sarah Fine’s writing in the past. Thanks for the helpful review! :)
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    • Kim

      Yes! A bad-ass mom character is always a welcome addition in my book. I get that YA is for teens so probably the last thing they want to read are dumb parents crashing in on the story. But I have a real soft spot for parents playing integral roles in YA. Especially moms.

      Ha I keep wondering if I am the only one who had this problem with the aliens. None of the other reviews I’ve seen have mentioned this so perhaps it’s just me! Sadly, I haven’t read any of Sarah Fine’s other work so am not too helpful in offering a comparison as to how much I think you would like this one. I am super interested to see what you think, though. I will be sure to stalk your GR/blog for any updates/opinions. :D

  23. Wendy Darling

    I’m only a few chapters in, but quite enjoying the book so far–I’m glad to see that you liked it, too! I get what you mean about wanting more though, and I think I generally prefer my aliens to be more alien as well. But I’m glad you enjoyed it overall, and I’m looking forward to finishing this one when I get out of this terrible slump I’m in.

    • Kim

      Oh, how do we get you out of this dreadful slump, Wendy! Your slump distresses me.

      Even though I know you like the intense creep factor with your aliens (as I do), I think you will enjoy this one quite a lot! I’d say one of the keys to really enjoying this is not worrying about how “realistic” it is that this kid is such a super perfect MacGyver Lite. It’s supposed to be a fun, sci-fi ride and worrying about that is taking things a bit too seriously, I think. Aliens! Action! Touching Moments! You’ll like it. :)

    • Kim

      Oh thank you so very much, Jaime. That means a lot to me. And I’m so glad you’re excited to read the book now! It sounds like this is right up your alley. This romance is a little bit different than in most books, I think, since Tate and Christina are already in a relationship so there’s no build up (which is what I really love) But the portrayal and strengthening of their existing relationship is really lovely.

  24. Mary @ BookSwarm

    LOL! “Junior MacGyver vs. the Aliens.” I’m okay with that. Really. And, yes, I usually think of my aliens as more alien. They might look human-ish but there’s something different. (Actually, some of this plot reminds me of the SyFy show “Helix” — you really should check it out if you haven’t seen it!) This is on my shelf…I need to read it and see what I think.
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    • Kim

      Haha no seriously! It is actually Junior MacGyver vs the Aliens. This kid can rig all sorts of household items into explosives, speak in code, hack into super secret science labs…it is pretty fun, honestly.

      I have not even heard of Helix (how? I have a TV addiction!) but I will have to check it out! Ohhh I see Amazon Instant has the first season. I’m on it. :)

      You’ll have to let me know what you end yp thinking about this one. Perhaps you’ll tell me all about it at BEA. :D

      • Mary @ BookSwarm

        YAY!! *does BEA happy dance* And I want to know what you think of Helix, if you wind up watching it!! (I think the creepy music is one of my favorite parts. And just ignore the fact that they’ve somehow build a building that goes something like 87 levels into the ice cap. Or that their snow cats and snowmobiles start no matter how long they’ve been sitting out in sub-zero temps. It is SyFy, after all.)
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  25. erinf1

    Thanks for the very thoughtful and thorough review! I’ve actually read some other pretty positive reviews for this and it was already on my wishlist. I love your tagline “Junior MacGyver vs. the Aliens” :)

    • Kim

      Haha why thank you! :p Yes, I am certain I am just being the odd duck here with not like it *quite* as much as everyone else. This keeps happening to me lately. Ack, what is going on?! Well, I hope that you just love it when you get to it!

  26. starryeyedjen

    I’m a huge fan of Sarah Fine, and though I haven’t seen too much about this new collaboration, I’m pleased to see that you enjoyed it for the most part. I think sometimes aliens that resemble us (i.e. those in The 5th Wave) can be even creepier, but sometimes they just seem off-putting (like those in Alienated). Sounds like THESE aliens lie somewhere in between, and I can’t wait to find out more about them.
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    • Wendy Darling

      sometimes they just seem off-putting (like those in Alienated).

      JEN. You must be one of the few people we know who didn’t enjoy that book either! Grrr, smirky boy aliens.

    • Kim

      I haven’t read anything else by Sarah Fine (yet) but I did genuinely enjoy this. That extra element of “something special” just wasn’t there for me. It could very well be the case that it’s just me and no fault of the books.

      You know, I was actually thinking a good deal about The 5th Wave (which I *loved*) as I was writing about how something was off for me with the aliens here. Why was it so different? I think it worked in The 5th Wave in a way that it didn’t here (for me) because, well, in the 5th Wave 99% of humans are already dead so there’s that ever present pervasive sense of dread and terror in Cassie’s survival. We’ve seen the unrelenting and brutal alienness of those aliens. This book reads more like an action movie where some dude is trying to get away from Bad Guys with shady motives. I think also the fact that they’ve been living with us in peace, and most people don’t even know they are aliens, for 400 years takes away from the tension. There are two small groups of aliens and humans who are fighting each other. Everyone else is oblivious and there’s no seeming harm being done. I hesitated to bring The 5th Wave up in my review, though, since they are just such different books with different goals in their storytelling. The comparison didn’t seem fair.

      But you’re spot on. These aliens fall right between the terror and creep factor of T5W and the downright silly and nonsensical ones in Alienated. Ha, glad to see you’re in our black sheep re: Alienated!