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.
I really enjoyed Inhuman. At a time when we’re being saturated with zombie fiction, Kat Falls manages to give us something that’s just as nasty, but different enough to be slightly more realistic. It kind of reminded me of two of my favourite movies, 28 Days Later/ 28 Weeks Later as the horror was all down to a virus rather than the undead (it does tend to get lumped into the zombie movie category and really shouldn’t be)
The world she lays out to the reader is both compelling, and a little disconcerting, I’ve quite often said that this is the kind of end of the world that could actually happen. Lane is a cool protagonist and has a strong story arc and character development throughout the book. I also completely agree with her hand sanitizer issues! Germs, germs everywhere and all that! Although, she certainly doesn’t beat The Hunger Game’s Katniss in the survival skills stakes.
From a writer’s perspective, it does have the A-typical love triangle that we’ve come to expect for YA fiction, which made it slightly cliché for me, however the fact that one of them (Rafe) comes across as a bit of a knob for most of the book, separates it nicely from the likes of Twilight.
The book was fast paced, which kept me reading well into the wee hours of the night, and it’s pretty obvious that this will be a series. I’ve seen a couple of different front covers online, but the one I like most I’ve put with the post (they probably differ depend on country)
Overall I’ve give Inhuman 4 out 5 stars, bring on book 2 Kat!