Thursday, September 10, 2015

#Thursday Review - Burn by Walter Jury and Sarah Fine (Young Adult, Science Fiction)

Series: Scan # 2
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

At the cliffhanger ending of Scan, Tate loses the very thing he was fighting to protect, what his father had called the key to human survival. Tate doesn't have much time to worry about it because he needs to get away, to ensure he and Christina are safe. His father left him one last thing that can do just that—a safehouse, which turns out to be a clue to what's really threatening the planet. As Tate follows the clues his father left behind, he starts to uncover the truth, realizing he's up against an enemy he's only beginning to understand.

Burn is the sequel to Scan, and picks up exactly where the previous book left off. After suffering from a diabolical cliffhanger ending, and hoping that my library would hurry up and purchase Burn so I can see what happens next, I can honestly say that the wait was absolutely worth it. Burn may even be better than Scan in my humble opinion. It is filled with action, adventure, suspense, romance, bad ass characters, and new secondary characters who come together to fight a new evil. 

Tate Archer and his alien girlfriend Christina Scolina are on the run. Tate's father is dead thanks to events that he triggered in Scan. His own mother has been shot, and Tate has lost the Scanner to Race Lavin another H2 alien who has been on earth for the past 400 years. Tate and Christina continue to be hunted by both the The Fifty (those 50 families who are aware that aliens have been living on earth for 400 year) and The Core (lets call them human aliens, or H2's) to find out what other information Frederick Archer was working on at the time of his ill timed death.

This takes the couple from Virginia, to New York, and later to a secret base where Tate's father designed technology to expose a new threat to the planet. I think the most interesting aspect of Burn, is the revelation that there is a third party interested in what Frederick was working on. Fine calls them Sicarii and they may be the one thing that brings both humans and human based aliens (H2) together to save the planet. But, without the scanner, they can not be identified for what they are, and they are not unlike body snatchers.

I have to ask the question. Was this the end of the series? Or, will we have more of Tate, and Christina? Absolutely loved having Leo Thomas (new character/last member of his family) around in this story. Added a bit of background to Tate's father's thoughts about Tate and he was nearly as important to what happens as Tate or Christina. Loved how much of a badass both Christina and Mitra Archer-Shirazi (Tate's mother) were. Especially with the Archers, the SUV like weapon Tate's father designed to fight off alien invaders. Interesting to see how Tate's actions in Scan were forgiven even though he started the entire ball rolling and cost so many lives in the process. Good to see enemies like Tate and Race are able to put away their problems for the good of mankind.  

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