Review: Inhuman by Kat Falls
Series: Fetch #1
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Expected Publication: September 24, 2013
Copy Provided By: Netgalley
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.
Inhuman, wow, simply put this book was brilliant. From the moment I started reading Inhuman I knew I was walking into a special world. The characters, the writing, the plot everything was perfect. I can confidently say that if you only read one book this year make it this one. You will not be disappointed.
One of my favorite things about Inhuman was how unique the virus itself was. Not only was it fascinating that it turned people into animal-human hybrids but also because it can be manipulated in the wrong hands so easily as is proven later on in the book.
Another thing I loved about Inhuman were the characters. Lane is such a kindhearted soul that I was afraid she'd turn into a weepy mess every time something remotely scary happened. However, I found myself pleasantly surprised by her character. Lane transformed from a scared little rabbit in the beginning into a fierce tigress at the end. Her character growth was amazing and I cannot wait to see how her perception of life in the west changes after all she's seen and done in the savage zone. I also really loved Rafe and Ev. Usually I'm not a fan of love triangles but this one is done so perfectly that I might need to change my stance on them. While I'm definitely leaning more towards TeamRafe, I still think TeamEv has a chance to woo me over. I'm really torn between the two. Lastly, I really loved the character Cosmo. My heart broke for him and his situation. He was such a tragic character and yet, I was really hoping for him to have a happily ever after with Lane, Ev and Rafe. I don't know if it's just me but Cosmo brought back all the emotions I had for a certain house elf many years ago. He strongly reminded me of Dobby and I think that is partly why I loved him so.
The last thing I want to mention is the amazing world building. I usually am left feeling deprived but I was satisfied with the information received in this book. Kat Falls set the stage for this crazy, savage world perfectly. I sort of imagined The West as being Minas Tirith all formidable, prisitine and protected and the Savage Zone being Wonderland. Except this Wonderland is filled with mutant beasts who want to rip your heart out and bats that will devour every bit of you leaving nothing behind but bone.
Overall, I really can't say anything bad about this book. Inhuman was as close to a perfect Dystopian as I've ever read. The only very tiny issue I have is that I now must wait til next year for the sequel! As I mentioned above if you read only one book this year best make it this one. It really is that darn good! With that being said, I will be rating Inhuman by Kat Falls ★★★★★.
*Copy provided by Netgalley for review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any which way for providing them.
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