Review: Inhuman by Kat Falls

02/09/2013 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

Review: Inhuman by Kat FallsInhuman by Kat Falls
Series: Fetch #1
Published: September 24th, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: ARC - NetGalley
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five-stars
Never let them tame you.
In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into bloodthirsty savages, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for violating the border is death.
Lane McEvoy can't imagine why anyone would risk it. She's grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she's curious about what's on the other side - but not that curious. Life in the west is safe and comfortable . . . just how she likes it.
But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization . . . and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.
Kat Falls brings you to the very edge of civilization and dares you to jump.

I am IN LOVE with Inhuman.  For reals.  The cover and description, as fascinating as they are, cannot do the book justice.  The only thing I’m upset about now is that, because I read the ARC copy, the book isn’t even out yet and the wait for book 2 is literally going to feel like forever.

 

For me, Inhuman gets five stars for originality, five stars for world-building, five stars for characterization, five stars for the storyline, five stars for the pacing…. well, you get the point.

The story itself?  It’s like a scary-ass bedtime story come to life – it definitely has a fairytale/quest feel to it.  It’s also absolutely fabulous. There’s humor and tension and suspense.   I was 100% engaged while reading it – and frustrated as hell when it ended, knowing I’d have to wait a year or so to pick up the next one.   It was a little more violent than I expect from YA novels, but very fitting to the story. The variety of mutated characters (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!) in the novel and the entire Feral Zone itself were surprisingly very convincing! Love, love, love this book!

At first, I was a little worried about reading yet another young adult love triangle.  It’s been done – and while I love a good love triangle, none of them really seem to bring anything new to the table anymore - and a lot seem to be missing that sigh-factor I look for in ANY book relationship.  Our heroine in Inhuman, Lane, feels a pull toward two different guys (and obviously, they do with her as well), and it all felt just so fresh and believable.  It wasn’t overdone and there wasn’t a ton of angsty-guilt and sighing.  I loved both Rafe and Everson, for different reasons.  I think it is pretty obvious where the story is going to end with the three of them – which is typical and totally fine with me, because the story itself and the way that it’s told are what’s important.  (Though, who knows?  Maybe author Kat Falls will surprise us all.)

Lane is a freaking doll.  She’s everything a young adult heroine should be – brave, sweet, smart and with a great cause. And no matter what happens TO her, she is still the impetus driving the story forward.  Inhuman is told from her first person POV and I thought that her voice was perfect.  This is a heroine and a young adult story that will appeal to teens and adults alike.

Bookshelf it?  Yes, yes and yes.

Fetch Series Reading Order

Inhuman, Book 1

Additional books yet to be released

 

five-stars

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