Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Review - Inhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls

Inhuman (Fetch, #1)Title: Inhuman
Author: Kat Falls
Series: 1st
Pages: 384
Published: September 24th 2013 by Scholastic 
ISBN: 9780545370998
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Description: 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 Give This ...

I knew I was going to read this one.  It sounded way to unique to ignore.  However, I will freely admit that I went into it a little wary.  I figured it how more potential to go either way than most books.  I was happy to find that I really enjoyed it.

Lane leaves a very sheltered life, even if she doesn't know it.  Her father leaves her for long stretches of time, but fails to tell her that he's a fetch.  When a higher up government official bring Lane in and tells her the truth, she's shocked to say the least.  But there's more...in order to keep her father from being imprisoned she must find him in the eastern part of the country and send him on a fetch.  A fetch that will send him deep into feral territory rumored to be ruled by mutant humans.    

I admired Lane because she never hesitates to help her father.  She sneaks in through that gate all alone.  She always seems to be just a few paces behind him though.  Soon it's evident that she's not going to catch him in time to complete the fetch.  So what's girl to do?  Well do it herself of course.  In this journey she learns far more about the current world she lives in than she ever thought possible.  These feral mutant humans aren't all she's been lead to be terrified of.  The government may be hiding the possibility of a cure (or at least a vaccine).  And sometimes, a true killer is more imbedded in our human nature no matter what we look like on the outside.

A thoroughly interesting tale.  I think this is one of those stories that different people latch on to different aspects of the story.  I found myself caught up in the animal mutations and what makes someone "human."   I found it fascinating to say the least.  I'll be eagerly awaiting the next one.  I want more of some of these characters!

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