“Attention YA dystopian fans! Ready for a slightly different teen heroine in a slightly different dystopian society? Inhuman by Kat Falls was a VERY pleasant surprise for me! Sure, we have a teen girl, raised in a sheltered environment who has a germ fetish and an almost endless supply of hand sanitizer, but that’s all explained! We also have two handsome guys, one the definitely the damaged good guy, one the definitely damaged bad boy, both strong, brave and interested in Lane. The best part of that triangle? It is NOT the main theme, it is alluded to occasionally, hinted at, and holds promise for future books in the series, but we are not inundated with angst!
Imagine mutations, called manimals in the early stages, because they are humans who have animal DNA. Some go feral, become wild, contagious and deadly. Many are raised for their “entertainment” value in some twisted pockets where humans survive. But, there is a group trying to find a cure of the virus and they are facing an uphill battle all the way. Uninfected humans live behind walls, isolated from harm, but someone has to go out into the wilds, they are called “fetches” and it is totally illegal, but some do it to help the infected, to try to save humanity, and Lane’s father is one of them. Of course she knows nothing about this until she is hauled in to a government facility and her father’s life is threatened if she does not get a message to him to do one last fetch. Finally, all of the survival course her father made her take will mean something to Lane as she braves the unknown beyond the walls to find her father. What she sees, experiences and learns will change her life forever as her search takes her to places out of nightmares and the bedtime stories her father used to tell her finally make sense.
Kat Falls has “The Gift” for writing and creating a world that wraps around you and challenges your imagination to picture each and every scene with perfect clarity! Each feral creature or Manimal are vividly described, and completely believable! Lane comes of age, and her inner strength is realized as the book progresses. Rafe is the bad boy you just know has so much to give, once you look beyond his snarky façade. Everson is the good boy with a damaged past that haunts him, drives him to “do what’s right,” no matter the cost. Together, these three are a force to be reckoned with, whether they realize it or not!
NOTE: Bonus excerpts of The Darkest Path by Jeff Hirsch and The Bar Code Prophecy by Suzanne Weyn were also provided and BOTH proved to be more great YA reading!
An ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Scholastic in exchange for my honest review!
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Series: Fetch, #1
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars
Available from: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
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