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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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.
Inhuman by Kat Falls is a fast paced, action packed novel that will thrill many readers to come. I went into this book without any expectations at all however I was pleasantly surprised in the end.
One of novel’s strongest points is its premise. From the very beginning, it immediately grabbed my attention and it certainly did not disappoint as the story progressed. The effects of mutation from the fictional, man-made virus were both chilling and fascinating to read about. In a way, the infected victims remind me of zombies as they can become psychotic and extremely aggressive under the virus’s influence. Certain individual aspects of the story may seem quite derivative and similar to other works in the post-apocalyptic/science fiction genre however in this case, the whole book was definitely worth more than the sum of its parts. Fall’s world-building was impeccable and credible as I could not find any loopholes or faults in its set up. Everything basically made sense, with all the intricate details falling nicely into their place. If a catastrophic plague hits the world one day with the victims exhibiting animal-like symptoms, it would not be too far from this story.
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An electronic advance reading copy was provided by the publisher. This did not influence my opinion in any way.