Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Review: Inhuman by Kat Falls

Inhuman (Fetch #1)
Author:  Kat Falls
Publisher:  Scholastic, 384 pages
Publication Date:  September 24, 2013

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.


Review:
This book hooked me from the very beginning.  The world-building is fantastic and it actually felt realistic with the science/medicine aspect of it.  Lane has led a very sheltered life so when she has to go over the wall to save a loved one, she's in for a rude awakening.  She's likable and relatable and some people may have a problem with her being so naive and somewhat helpless, but that was realistic given she's just a sixteen year old girl whose lived with all of the creature comforts.  Basically, she's normal.  

I loved the way the story unfolded with Lane going on a journey exploring the other half of the country and learning what's really been going on all her life.  Plenty of action and twists and turns.

Of course there's a love triangle, but this one is actually a true one.  What I mean by that is that usually you have the clear love interest and then you have the other guy.  He's there to keep the couple apart, to cause trouble, or for absolutely no reason at all.  Although some people may be rooting for him, you know the girl will not end up with him.  Here, I actually don't know who I would choose for Lane and I don't know who Lane is going to choose.  Rafe is rough and a bit jerky, but there's just something about him.  And then there's Everson.  Loved him.  Strong and caring, just a good guy.  I don't think there's a clear winner at this point.  And what happens to Rafe...could see it coming a bit but didn't make it any less devastating.  And what he says to Lane, about lying...my heart broke for him.  

So, even though there's the dreaded love triangle, I didn't mind it.  And the author actually has a sense of humor about it.

"Not that I care what you do," Rafe went on as he lazed against the counter.  "You being who you are, I have taken myself out of this triangle."

"What triangle?"

"Come on.  One girl, two guys.  Oh, he's so smart and strong," Rafe said in a falsetto while pressing his clasped hands to his cheek.  "But he's so hot.  Anguish, anguish."

I crossed my arms.  "And which one of those is you?"

"Yeah, you're right.  I fit both."

To sum up, well-fleshed out characters, unique and interesting world-building, fast-paced adventure.  I really enjoyed it.


Posted by:  Pam

11 comments:

  1. Haha, I like it when an author makes fun of things :) makes it less serious. I'm not a huge fan of most love-triangles, but this doesn't sound too bad!

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    1. I don't mind love triangles if they're done well. And I loved that the author made fun of them. ~Pam

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  2. I've been curious about this one, but feel like I may be burned out a bit on dystopians, so decided to wait on it for awhile. Now I want to read it right this second. Lol. Thanks for the awesome quote! It made me laugh and made me want to read this book. Rafe sounds swoony. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be Team Rafe. What is it with me and the bad, damaged men? Going to see if my library has this now. :)

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    1. I've definitely been reading other types of books to balance out the dystopian because I feel the same way. And I thought that was a pretty funny quote. Hope you enjoy it! ~Pam

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  3. I want to read it JUST because of your quote. I actually have the ARC, but like Rebecca have been burnt out on dystopians. However, I'll be moving it up in the list of books to read now.

    Thanks for the review :)

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    1. I just laughed when I read it so I thought I would include it. Hope you enjoy it! ~Pam

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  4. I have been seeing this a lot and have been really curious about it, I love a good dystopian. This actually sounds even better than I though and I like that the author has a sense of humour! Will definitely be getting this one! Great review.

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    1. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to find out what happens next. These series are killing me! ~Pam

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  5. I am so happy to see that you reviewed this! I absolutely adore this book! I am glad someone else does too!:) great review!!

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    1. I definitely enjoyed it and glad you agree! ~Pam

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  6. haha love the quotes! I feel like I might be bothered by this naive, helpless girl but I should probably cut YA characters some slack. This sounds like a pretty exciting dystopian!

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