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.
I open my door in the morning and find my breakfast on a tray. Meal Number Six. Two cups iron-fortified cereal, banana, eight ounces milk, eight ounces orange juice, blue vitamin pill. Also, a note from my dad saying he’ll be back from Chicago late tonight and a reminder that Chicão’s coming this afternoon to give me my first extra training session. Nothing about yesterday at all.
Nothing except the bottle of Advil he left sitting in the middle of the kitchen table, next to a glass of water.
It might be Sunday, and I might have been through hell yesterday, but that’s no excuse to slack off. I walk my aching leg to our workout room and don’t come out until I’ve punished myself adequately. It takes about five miles on the treadmill and an hour with the weights, thinking all the while about the family responsibility and what the hell he could possibly be talking about, coming up with absolutely nothing except a headache the size of Manhattan. Then the cleaning lady shows up to do her thing, filling the apartment with the scent of 2-butoxyethanol and sodium petroleum sulfonate – Windex and Pine-Sol – and making my already-pounding head feel like it’s going to detonate.
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