Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Review: Inhuman by Kat Falls

Title: Inhuman
Author: Kat Falls
Publisher: Scholastic
Publish Date: September 24th, 2013

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.

Kat Falls gave me so much more than I was expecting in Inhuman. I knew I needed this book the moment I saw its beautiful cover, I thought it would a fun post apocalyptic read full of danger and (maybe) some sort of infected zombie-ish creatures, but what I got was an incredibly imaginative fantasy and an entertaining adventure.

The plot of Inhuman isn't exactly what I'd call realistic, what with the talking half men/half animals and all. But this book has got some of the most entertaining dialogue I've read in a long time (thank you, Rafe), and it's realistic to the situation which keeps the crazy storyline grounded in reality, at least enough that it doesn't seem so far fetched while you're reading. Somehow Falls was able to write a story that, in the hands of any other writer, might have come off as ridiculous.

The love interests (yes, there are TWO, but don't get your panties in a bunch about it) are both swoony enough that you won't know who you're rooting for. Everson commands your attention the moment he steps on the page, but then again, so does Rafe. These two boys are as different as different gets, yet they both really care about Lane. I love how, even though there's a love triangle, Falls set it up in a way that's less angsty and more fun. Both boys have different things to offer, but neither is exactly clamoring for Lane's love and attention. There are more important things going on, like finding a cure to a highly contagious plague or (if that's not enough to distract you from the romance) a vicious serial killer who's ripping people's hearts out.

Despite those issues though, there's always room for some romance and that's exactly what Falls gives us. By the time this book is over you'll have switched teams quite a few times before finally throwing your hands in the air and letting the chips fall where they may. (And then you'll pull all those chips back to you and place them on one of those boys because Whoo! What an ending!)

Inhuman might seem like any other post apocalyptic/dystopian at first glance, but once you pick it up you won't be able to turn away. With twists and turns, non-stop action, and a wonderfully written plot that ties everything together perfectly, Inhuman is a book you'll want to have gracing your shelves for years to come. I know I'll be in a state of book hangover until the sequel is released!

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  1. Oh this sounds so different from what I was expecting. And half men/half animals is as realistic as a sparkling vampire so... I can do paranormal. It also sounds like the love triangle is one I could stand which is so rare! Glad you liked it, Jesse I was not sure if I should pick this one up or not but I think I will! :)

  2. Wow -- this sounds really good. I'm not completely opposed to love triangles if they make sense in the context of the story. Great review!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. Gosh, this IS different sounding. I have seen the cover about, but your posting ...half men/half animals. Intrigued!!!

    Mich :D


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