Updated: Aug 3
By Kat Falls
"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, while certainly not the most groundbreaking or masterfully written YA dystopian book of all time, is nonetheless a unique and entertaining read.
It’s premise of a disease spreading across the US (how topical) and creating genetic hybrids is definitely a very interesting one. The creative and creepy designs of the Hybrids for me particularly stand out. The freaky nightmarish fusions Kat Falls creates stick with you, as do the Manimals that live in the “savage” side of the US. Along with the creature descriptions, this book’s depictions of the destroyed cities are very vivid, especially the kingdom that Chicago has become and the destroyed roads that Lane takes to Moline. It’s got some pretty memorable and atmospheric action scenes and situations. The ending with the cage, the fight against the chimeras, and the ending fight com