Review: Inhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls
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Inhuman by Kat Falls
Series: Fetch #1
Published by: Scholastic Inc. on September 24, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA
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About the Book:
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 was a fantastic read, and the first book in a new series that I am now hooked on. Fair warning: if you dislike love triangles in which Boy A is a good guy, and Boy B is a bad boy who is extremely snarky/sarcastic, I wouldn’t suggest picking it up. If, however, you don’t mind this triangle, and you’re interested in a plot involving half of America being wiped out by a disease that turns people feral, full steam ahead!
Inhuman takes us to a futuristic America where a disease called Ferae has infected about half of the country. The disease infects humans with animal DNA and they take on animalistic characteristics. Eventually the infected become feral and they lose their humanity. A giant wall was built to separate the west side of the country with the east side, now known as the Feral Zone. Lane, our protagonist discovers that her father is actually a fetch, someone who illegally sneaks into the Feral Zone to retrieve items left on the other side of the wall during the exodus, items that people pay for him to retrieve. Now Lane must sneak to the other side of the wall to tell her father to do a fetch for someone who has the power to either have him shot on sight, or make his criminal record go away.
Lane was a girl I enjoyed reading about and following on her journey. She begins the story on the west side of the wall, going to school, doing her homework, free of all diseases. Even diseases that aren’t contagious are cause for isolation on the healthy side of the wall. It was entertaining to watch her grow as she journeys into the Feral Zone, in search of her father. She deals with monsters she had only heard about in bedtime stories, and she learns what it means to get dirty. She has a quirk where she tightens her ponytail holder to stay more focused because she believes she thinks clearer when her ponytail is tightened. This is a small detail mentioned towards the beginning of the novel, but it remains part of her personality. Every now and then throughout the rest of the novel, she tightens her ponytail, and you know she’s trying to remain focused, so I thought that keeping that really minor character detail in there was really cool.
Our other two main characters are Everson and Rafe, the two other points in our love triangle. Everson is a line guard, a branch of the military that keeps people outside of the Feral Zone, and the people who are already in the Feral Zone to stay there. He has been helping Dr. Solis, who also works for the country, by collecting infected blood of the different animals. Only when all of the strains of Ferae are collected can they begin to look for either a cure or a vaccine. I didn’t dislike Everson, he had his moments where I liked him and he had his moments where I forgot he was there. He is passionate about finding a cure for Ferae, which was nice because it gave him a goal, but he wasn’t necessarily my favorite.
Rafe is the “bad boy” character in the love triangle. He grew up in the Feral Zone and he offers to help Lane find her father. While he is helpful, he is also sarcastic, snarky, and has a tendency to make sexual comments, whereas Everson is the more conservative of the two. I tend to favor Rafe over Everson, because I enjoy sarcasm and I felt like he was a more real character having grown up in the mess that Ferae created. He hunts down rogue ferals and tries to keep the other humans in the Feral Zone safe.
This was a really enjoyable read for me and I plan on continuing the series. It was well written, interesting plot, and great characters. Overall, I’m giving Inhuman 5 out of 5 controllers. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series.