His father is dead. His mother was shot. The scanner was taken.
Tate Archer is in big trouble. The H2 alien race that has mixed with humans for eons, leaving only the 50 First families (pure human) has it, and he knows it is all his fault. So much was left unsaid between him and his father – about emotions not shown, and technology and secrets not shared. His father must have thought they had more time. He now understands what he has been training for all his life – this confrontation.
But there is a new anomaly in the mix. We know about the true humans, the minority, that scan blue. We know about the H2s, the alien race, most of whom do not know they are not human, that scan red. But now there are one or two that scan orange.
What does that mean?
Nothing good, I promise. And I can’t tell you.
What I can give you is this: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Tate needs help from the last person he ever thought about asking. As a matter of fact, he’d like to kill that person with his bare hands.
Burn, penned by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury, is the continuation of Tate Archer’s story that began with Scan. That story saw rebellious Tate sneak into his Dad’s lab, and take a scanner to school, causing a crazy and dangerous chase for him, his mother, and Christina, his H2 girlfriend. Scan ended on a helluva cliffhanger. Burn gives us a satisfying reward as a conclusion.
This one might even be better than the first novel. It is non-stop action from start to finish, intermingled with science and technology (albeit science fiction-y) solutions. I mentioned this in the last review, but this will be a really exciting (and profitable) YA series to screen project. I’m surprised I haven’t heard buzz about it yet, especially since Walter Jury is the pen name of Divergent producer, Pouya Shabazian. This is right up his alley.
I have to think that they will keep writing about these characters, because of the endless conflict possibilities in this world they have created.
Sarah Fine and Walter Jury – please give us more!
G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group Press release:
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 safe house, 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.
A riveting, fast-paced “we are not alone” adventure, Burn thrills to the very end.