"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

22 July 2014


Fine, Sarah. Scan. Putnam Children's, 2014.

Tate is frustrated with his father's expectations for him.  Tate has to get up at 4:30 every morning, learn to speak twenty different languages, eat a very carefully balanced meal, and excel in school. Tate's father always tells him that he'll explain why when it's the right time.  The right time never comes, though, and one decision soon changes everything in Tate's life. He will need to use every bit of his father's training just to stay alive.

This book was filled with action sequences, surprises, and technology that would make it a great Apocalyptic-esque film. I enjoyed the story until it became obvious that the author was stretching it to create at least a sequel, possibly an entire series.  Then it lost me. I did enjoy this book, though, and could easily recommend it to my students, especially those who are obsessed with the Special Forces divisions of the armed forces. 

Recommended for: teens, those who enjoy action/adventure
Red Flags: lots of violence
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

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