Review: “Inhuman” (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls

Quando ho iniziato questo libro, ricordo di aver pensato “potrebbe essere lo script per un buon film”, mi piaceva e le premesse erano molto interessanti, poi a causa degli impegni universitari ho dovuto metterlo da parte per un po’. Tuttavia ora che ormai l’ho finito non posso di certo stupirmi del fatto che una casa editrice come la Scholastic (che aveva pubblicato in America l’intera serie di “The Hunger Games”) abbia deciso di pubblicare anche questo. “Inhuman” è uscito il 24 Settembre nelle librerie americane ed è una buona premessa per una serie che sono curiosa di continuare.
P.s. Ogni volta che ho iniziato questa recensione, qualcuno mi ha interrotto, non so se si tratta di un segno del destino! *LOL*

When I started this book, I remember thinking “This could be the script for a good movie”, I liked it and the premise was very interesting, but, because of university commitments, I had to put it aside for a while. However now that I’ve finished it, I can certainly amaze me that a publisher like Scholastic (who had published in America the entire series of “The Hunger Games”) has decided to publish this as well. “Inhuman” was released on September 24th in American bookstores and it is a good premise for a series that I’m curious to continue.
P.s. Every time I started this review, someone interrupted me, I do not know if this is a sign of destiny! *LOL*

Title: Inhuman (Fetch #1)
Author: Kat Falls
Date of Publication: September 24th 2013
Language: English
Source: NetGalley E-ARC
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia.

In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Feral 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 Feral 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 Feral 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.

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The sixteen year old Delaney “Lane” Park spent a fairly quiet life in the western part of America protected by the Wall. Yet her life is soon turned upside down by the discovery that her father, the man of whom thinks she knows everything, is actually a “Fetch”. But what is a “Fetch”? It is a traveler (probably infected) who go often in the “Feral Zone”, the part of America is now infected with a terrible virus that seems to have exterminated all. The certainties of Lane are destined to shattered soon one by one, when she discovers that beyond the wall there is a lot more than she can imagine.
When she will be obliged to travel in the dangerous “Feral Zone” to save the life of her father, she will not hesitate for even a moment, and she will dive into an adventure for which she had already been prepared.

Lane is a very strong girl, both mentally and physically. She is presented almost like a videogame heroine when she moves along the “Feral Zone” with a machete, but more often she will be saved by those who accompany her. In fact, in her journey she will be “accompanied” by two guys who, for different, but similar, reasons, will help in her mission. On the one hand we there is Emerson, the soldier good and kind, who does not believe that she must venture into a dangerous world she does not know; on the other Rafe, the monster hunter, handsome and arrogant, who always puts her in danger. They are both hiding a past that has changed them and made them the person they are today, and some of these “lost” memories are related to Lane.

As for the virus, I found very interesting the choice of the mutation in animals and this theme is also fairly new in the dystopian novels. The world in which Lane immerse herself will be formed by men, who for the most part look animalistic, but they are not always dangerous. Just as the mutation is different, according to the person who transmits, so has several phases (each with an unspecified duration that varies from person to person): before becoming a Feral (the most dangerous and aggressive type), a man is only a “Manimal”, who is already part animal, but still have a human control. And the protagonist will be able to come into contact with both phases of this dangerous virus.

In conclusion, “Inhuman” is a good first novel in a series that will show you a future much more animalistic and raw than you might imagine.

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