November 22, 2013

Title: Inhuman

Series: Fetch, Book One

Author: Kat Falls

Published: September 24, 2013

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 384

Source: NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 11/22/2013): 4.01

  • Christina thought this title was so unique! It goes on her second shelf.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

[This was actually a promotional galley provided by Scholastic with an Inhuman galley and sampler chapters from The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch and The Bar Code Prophecy (Bar Code series, book 3) by Suzanne Weyn. I'll only be focusing on Inhuman in this review, though.]

♥ Initial Thoughts and Rating: 4 solid stars! I believe Inhuman was an envisioned novel with a good execution of its plot. I think that a vast majority of this book’s potential was realized through an interesting storyline, likable characters, and a fun new setting. With twists and turns that kept me guessing along the way, I couldn’t fly through the pages fast enough.

The Lowdown: There’s really not a lot that I can say here about the plot because I feel like there’s a lot of twists that I don’t want to spoil. Basically all you really need to know is that at one point, a deadly virus was released and killed off a vast majority of the population. In an effort to save as much as the populace as possible, a huge wall was erected by the Titan corporation- the company responsible for the virus in the first place- in certain cities that were known as Quarantine Zones. Our heroine and narrator, Lane, has lived a life of ease in the West, protected by the ferals that live just beyond the zone. After a certain circumstance and a bit of  a betrayal lands her on the wrong side of the wall, she has learn to rely on her survival instincts and two different boys to help her navigate the Savage Zone and hopefully save her father’s life.

♥ My Thoughts: I really enjoyed escaping into this wild dystopian novel that Kat Falls has given us. I liked the premise and how the virus could mutate both animals and humans, but even more because it went further by making the mutation only animalistic in nature; so, there were cross-species of animals and humans that adapted/evolved with animal features and instincts. I imagine I’m making it sound more complicated than it really is, but Ms. Falls never made it overly convoluted– meaning I never felt confused by any of the scientific reasoning, and I was able to suspend enough believe to follow along with the backstory as it was given to us. All in all, it was a nice play on the usual zombie apocalypse stories that are out there now. Something new and easily imaginable, and I appreciated its uniqueness.

Even better, I ended up really liking all the characters. Our heroine, Delaney “Lane” Park, was strong, but still showed moments of vulnerability and had flaws, which made  her character all the more believable to me. One of the heroes, Everson, is a young military man set to guard the border between the feral zone and the West. He has a kind heart, protective nature, and a very driven reason to find the cure to eradicate the Ferae virus. Completely his opposite is Rafe, a young man from the Savage Zone. He’s arrogant, lethal, and only cares about numero uno, himself. This unlikely trio comes together in the end, and it was fun getting to watch their personalities and priorities grow, shift, and realign. I also liked the fact that while this “love triangle” was present, it was very much the side storyline in this novel. It wasn’t shoved in my face or nauseating, and the progression of how each of their relationships slowly evolved was believable.

There were only a few hangups for me with this book, and that was the reason this isn’t rated 4.5/5 stars. One was that the pacing was a little slower at the beginning, and took a few chapters for me to really settle into the book. Another was that some of the scientific reasoning made me quirk a brow occasionally. However, once I was able to just shut my brain up, and just roll with the punches, it became really entertaining. My last little issue was Rafe, and how at some instances in the novel he really straddled the line between being cocky and just being crude. But, for the most part, I really enjoyed his character, and this little issue alone made his character development even better.

♥ Rec It? Yes, I would. If you like adventurous tales with a lot of action, a little gore, and fun characters, I’m sure you’d enjoy Inhuman. After that ending, I definitely plan on checking out the next novel in this series.

A very special thanks to Scholastic and NetGalley for providing an early copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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