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Book Review: Inhuman by Kat Falls

Kat Fall’s Inhuman is action-packed and left me on the edge of my seat. Dystopians and love triangles for all!

Book Review: Book Review: Inhuman by Kat Falls

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Title & Author: Inhuman by Kat Falls

Genre: YA Fantasy – Dystopia, Science Fiction

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Series: Fetch #1

Publisher: Scholastic

How I Got the Book: ARC via Netgalley


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.”

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Wall

Delaney Park’s story was a cross between The Madman’s Daughter and The Wizard of Oz. It had the mutants and “manimals” (man-animals) of The Madman’s Daughter and the adventure in a new, strange world aspect from The Wizard of Oz.

Plus, Delaney (Lane), a regular teenager who’s a bit obsessed with hand-sanitizer, has the added element of time. The clock’s ticking, and she has to venture out of her safe side of the wall into the Savage Zone, a place where people who contracted a deadly plague are left to die or survive and become something…else.

Immediately, I was sucked into Inhuman. It’s got A LOT going on. At some points it really seemed like Lane was constantly jumping from one impossible situation to the next, but I didn’t complain. It was exciting and adventurous. Because so many things happened right after the other, it’s like you can’t catch up so you just have to keep reading. Phew, what a ride.

The only thing that put me off a little were the manimals. Although I think the idea of mutants – and creative mutants at that – is fun, it almost made the story feel childish or cartoon-y. It’s hard to take a scene seriously when you’re imagining someone with tusks coming out of their face or a tiger tail protruding from their rear. That’s just a personal hang-up though and not something that was introduced in Inhuman.

Other than that, the world-building was great. The setting of the Savage Zone was thrilling – a no-man’s land of outlandish creatures and uncivilized people who could cause harm. And, the actual backstory of how the wall was erected and people died was believable with hidden depth that will definitely be explored in future books.

Surprise Love Triangle

I was blindsided by the love triangle in Inhuman. Totally did not see it coming. Yet…I didn’t hate it. In fact, it was kind of great. It’s the classic good boy, bad boy dilemma. Although I do wish more YA books would stay away from this oft-used plot device, I usually fall for it.

Team Rafe or Team Everson? I can’t decide. Torture, pure torture.

Speaking of pain, the ending of Inhuman was slightly cliffhangerish, but I’ll take it!!


This book was a solid dystopia. It was complete with a running-against-the-clock mission, confusing love options and cartoonish (to me) mutants. Inhuman is a fun, fast-paced read.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Kayla

    I’m team Rafe all the way! I really enjoyed this book (didn’t love it, but still enjoyed it) – and that cliffhanger! Ughhhh

  • Jen

    Team Rafe!! That scene with the Queen? Awww!!

  • Anastasia

    Team Rafe!!!!!!!