Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399160653
  • 336 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • 12 and up


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 his school, killing his father 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 interspecies 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.


“A high-octane thriller…the cinematic approach and constant action make this a satisfying page-turner.”—Publishers Weekly

“A thriller at its core… Massive explosions, deadly shoot-outs, and harrowing escapes make this an exciting read for boys.”—VOYA

“Car chases, explosions and action galore—awesome.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The cliff-hanger ending will have readers clamoring for the next installment in this exciting series.”—Booklist

“A sci-fi book that reads as fast as a locomotive—and the action is just as nonstop. Be forewarned  before you begin to read—you won’t be able to put it down until the very last page.”—

“This novel demands a sequel… a good choice for teen readers seeking action and thrills.”—Library Media Connection
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