SCAN BLOG POST
Walter Jury divulges his inspiration for SCAN:
Grantland.com is a site I often frequent for pop culture news. They (including writer Andy Greenwald, of whom I'm a big fan) did a fantastic autopsy on the failure of COWBOYS & ALIENS to achieve success at the box office several summers ago. After reading that, and pondering the film, an idea popped into my head—what if aliens landed on Earth prior to the advent of modern technology, and they simply assimilated into our human species with nary a whisper of their existence?
From there, I began to imagine a boy who is raised and strictly trained by one of the families who know about this alien landing, but he is yet to be informed about his important family legacy. The story came together by melding the overall log line of aliens landing on earth before humans had the technology to realize what had happened and this young man's journey to learning about it.
One of my close friends and my closest colleague at work is uber-agent Joanna Volpe, who sold the DIVERGENT series, amongst many other literary treasures. I pitched this world and general concept to Joanna, who told me she thought it was high-concept, timely and would make a great book. I then pulled out the laptop in my spare time and began to work on what would ultimately end up being the book, SCAN!
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.
About co-authors Walter Jury and Sarah Fine:
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. 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.
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