By Kat Falls
Expected Publication: September 2013
Length: 384 pages
Source: Supplied by publisher and Netgalley for Honest Review
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
This book really intrigued me, I loved the cover and the Synopsis reminded me a bit of The Island of Dr Moreau. America has mostly become Inhabitable after humans are infected with Animal DNA when a Rogue virus starts to mutate people a Corporation builds a wall to surround the healthy humans and keep the infected out.
Lane has been living a privileged life behind the wall, she is safe and happy but growing up her father told her stories of the savage zone of mutants and monsters which makes her curious about life outside the wall. Lane gets arrested when her father is caught crossing the wall and the only way to save his life is to cross the wall herself and find him to finish one last job.
Inhuman, is a great example of what mass hysteria can do, instead of fixing the virus and helping the infected the healthy locked the infected out with only a small number of people trying to find a cure and helping the people who are living in the savage zone.
I found Inhuman to be a great adventure story with undertones of morality and what humanity means, It is written as a Y.A but I would highly recommend it for any age.