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Inhuman (Fetch, #1) - Kat Falls Book InfoKindle Edition, 384 pagesExpected publication: September 24th 2013 by Scholastic Inc.original title InhumanASIN B00B9FX5ESedition language Englishseries Fetch #1Source:Netgalley EARCBook Buy LinksAMAZONB&NBOOK SYNOPSISIn 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 plant life 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.Description from NetgalleyBeauty versus beasts.In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi River 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 naturally curious about what's on the other side - but she's not that curious. Life in the west is safe, comfortable . . . sterile. Which is 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, risking life and limb and her very DNA, 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.My ThoughtsLife in 2026 is very different for the humans who inhabit a world that has been devastated, it's population decimated by manmade viral infection and has a clearly defined area that is considered to be not only contamination free but is specifically designed to keep it's fully human citizens protected as well as isolated from their mutant neighbors.Having known nothing else for her entire 16 years of existence but a sheltered life within the confines of the Titan wall Lane McEvoy is not prepared when she first encounters manlike creatures with animal characteristics and features while she is searching for her father. However in the tradition of those who have come before her in conquering their fear of the unknown Lane soon realizes that, unlike what she has been taught to expect, there are some manimals who have retained their humanity and in fact they are safer for her to interact with than some of the actual full blooded humans that she comes in contact with.This is a story that encompasses a world that has been truly torn asunder, mother nature is taking over where mankind has fallen prey to the viral infection and no longer strives to tame her advance. The creatures that inhabit the new world that has arisen from the devastation of the old one are both fascinating and repellant, the trials that Lane must undertake are perilous and require her not only to be physically alert but keep her mentally aware at all times as well. There are some lighter moments within the tale that include specific moments where Lane allows herself to succumb to the beauty surrounding her as she journeys through the Savage Zone and even a few moments where she connects with her new companions Rafe and Everson. The two young men are as different as night and day, one a dedicated soldier whose one driving ambition is to help the doctor searching for a cure to the virus that has caused so much damage and the other a scoundrel whose only real ambition seems to be to keep his own skin intact while also profiting by dispatching problem rogue mutants for anyone who can meet his price.As events unfold the reader is learning about what is happening right along with Lane, intensifying the experiences and putting you in the heart of the action making the sights; smells; sounds come alive allowing us to experience it all through Lane's eyes. For me this was a nice blend of action and moments of pondering what course should be followed to allow for the best outcome for Lane and her father, these actions and reactions made the story not only more realistically believable but gave readers so much more insight into Lane herself.To the most humane human, may she restore humanity to those who had it ripped from them. Lane you are my new heroine in a dystopian world that makes Dr Moreau's island look like a tame paradise in comparison.I truly look forward to continuing this series at some point in the future as it has every element that I hoped for in a book plus a few surprises along the way that made it even better than what was expecting upon reading it's descriptions.[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]