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.
Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the author of several young adult books, and when she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist.
Walter Jury was born in London and has a background in the film industry. He is a big enthusiast of Jamba Juice’s Protein Berry Workout smoothie, only with soy, never whey.
Walter Jury talks about the aliens and villains in his novel, the “H2”:
To discuss our villains, it’s important to mention our world. Actually, it is very easy to discuss the world of SCAN. Simply put, it’s the Earth we currently inhabit. Nothing is awry, nothing has changed. That is what makes our villains, the aliens known as H2, so fascinating. They are, by all outward appearances, as human as anyone else. In fact, most H2 have no clue that they have any alien genealogy. But all H2s, including those who are bred from humans and H2, have alien blood. The H2 in our book come in two different categories—(1) the folks who are living their everyday lives with no idea about their alien background and (2) the H2 who have learned about, or been trained in, the history of their species and have responsibilities to ensure its survival.
For example, we get to know Tate’s girlfriend, Christina, quite well throughout the journey. Christina had no idea of her alien blood nor did she have any idea about the history of the species she came from. She falls into the first category of H2—living her everyday life without realizing that her alien ancestors landed on Earth. It is actually irrelevant to her—she is human for all she knows.
Race Lavin, who is amongst our antagonists, is on the flip side of the coin. He is not only informed of his alien background, but he is trained and responsible for upholding the world’s structural bearings, set in place generations earlier when the H2 first landed on Earth. This level of knowledge and responsibility is what best defines the types of H2 we encounter in SCAN.