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Review: Inhuman by Kat Falls

InhumanTitle: Inhuman

Author: Kat Falls

GenreYA Dystopian

Series: Fetch (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 054537099X (Scholastic)

ISBN-13: 978-0545370998 (Scholastic)

Reviewed by:  Bridget

Synopsis:

In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy

Quick & Dirty: Action-packed dystopian novel filled with great characters, sweet romance, and suspenseful moments. This is a must read for all YA Dystopian fans, it will not disappoint!

Opening Sentence: Now that I was actually on the roof of the skyscraper, I was having second thoughts.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

It is the year 2026 in America and life as we know it no longer exists. 18 years ago there was a virus unleashed that killed millions and left many more mutated with animal parts.  Now there is a huge wall that separates east from the west and it’s forbidden to cross the wall for any reason, in fear that you will bring the contamination back. The punishment for breaking the law is very harsh and most people wouldn’t dream of breaking it. But rules are always meant to be broken and walls are meant to be climbed.

Sixteen-year-old Delaney McEvoy grew up on the right side of the wall, but she has always wondered what was on the other side. She has always thought her father was a respected art collector, but it turns out he is a Fetch (someone that retrieves lost items from the Savage Zone for a price.) This is a very dangerous occupation, but the payout is well worth it until he gets caught. Now in order to save her father’s life, Lane agrees to complete his last job. She will have to go deep into the Savage Zone, and risk not only her life but her perfect human DNA as well.

Lane was not your average pretty girl from the other side of the wall. Growing up her father made her take all sorts of survival and self defense classes. Once Lane finds herself in the Savage Zone she doesn’t freak out or freeze up like most people would. Sure, she is scared, but her instincts kick in and she is able to take care of herself. I loved that Lane wasn’t a damsel in distress and had to wait around for someone to rescue her. She’s not opposed to getting all the help she can, but she can also fend for herself. Lane is also a very determined young woman, and she doesn’t let distractions (like two totally hot boys) get in the way of helping her father in any way she can. She also has a very tender heart and instead of treating all the mutated humans like animals, she treats them with respect and kindness. Lane was very easy to like and I loved her story. I can’t wait to see what is in store for her in the next book.

Now for the two very hot boys! First, I want to say that yes there is a love triangle, but honestly the romance is not a big part of this story. It is very subtle and all it does is add just another small layer of tension to make the story even better. So for people that get annoyed by love triangles this should not be a problem at all because it is such a small part of the plot and I don’t think it will bother you.

First up you have Emerson, who is a guard at the wall. He is only a few years older than Lane and is instantly kind to her. He has a heart of gold and his life goal is to help find a cure for the virus that has affected so many people’s lives. He was raised inside the wall just like Lane so they both know what it is like to be sheltered. I just thought Emerson was adorable and very sweet. He is a stable person and he doesn’t waver when it comes to the important things. I admired his strength and determination to his cause. His relationship with Lane is friendly because they have a common goal, but there is also a small attraction there.

Next there is the undeniably gorgeous Rafe. He grew up in the savage zone and he hunts the mutated humans that have gone feral. His life has been full of heartache and loss, but that is just the way it is on the other side of the wall. He has this sense of confidence that is both endearing and irritating at the same time. He is a relentless tease and loves to put everyone on edge. But he is also a great guy that tries to do the right thing. I love the way he interacted with Lane. They are obviously attracted to each other, but they both know that feelings are a big distraction they can’t afford to have right now. I love Rafe and I am totally rooting for him to end up with Lane.

Inhuman was just a fantastic read that I couldn’t put down. From the first page, I was totally engrossed into the world and I fell completely in love with the cast of characters. It is hard to put into words how much I truly enjoyed this book. I had seen a few good reviews floating around about it lately, and when I realized I had a copy that needed to be reviewed, I picked it up. I am so glad that I did because this book is full of action, romance, and suspense, all set in a savage futuristic world. I found that every time I had to put this book down to take care of my everyday life things, I was constantly thinking about it and wanting to see what happened next. The pages came to life while I was reading them with Fall’s descriptive and engaging writing style. The plot had a few twists that helped keep me intrigued the whole way through the book. The ending was done perfectly where I felt satisfied, yet wanting so much more. The second book in this series comes out later this year and it is one of my most anticipated 2014 releases now. I would highly recommend this book to fans of YA Dystopian novels, it’s a must read.

Notable Scene:

I had to see the fugitive’s face. What if that was my dad down there? I spotted him crouching behind a rock outcropping halfway up the slope. Below him, the two guards swept the riverbank with flashlights. The bushes off to my left rustled. The third guard was closing in fast.

I tucked the badge into the front of my vest and scurried along the ridgeline until I was directly above the fugitive. I waited for him to do something — to make a run up the hill. But the seconds ticked by and he remained as still as an animal caught in a blinding glare. The guards below gave up on the riverbank and turned their high-powered flashlights onto the hill, inching their way up. I couldn’t wait any longer. Scooting a little ways down the slope, I whispered, “Hey.”

The fugitive didn’t move.

“Hey,” I said a little louder.

He whipped around at the noise and rose, but I couldn’t see his face. He didn’t come any closer. As I considered creeping down farther, he tipped back his head as if sniffing the wind. When he turned his attention to me again, I caught a flash of his eyes in the moonlight — yellow and bestial — and knew then, beyond all doubt, the man was not my father.

I wasn’t even sure he was human.

Fetch Series:

1. Inhuman

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FTC Advisory: Scholastic provided me with a copy of Inhuman. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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