Series: Fetch # 1
Published by Scholastic on September 24, 2013
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
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 is my third round of “Fun With Limericks,” a (hopefully) fun way of dealing with books I didn’t finish, or I finished, but for whatever reason, I felt I could not write a proper review. In the first go-round, I had a little fun with The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher and A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty. Next up was Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead.
Today, I bring you a limerick for Inhuman by Kat Falls. I actually did finish this book, even though the experience was quite unpleasant. It was easy to forget that this is a novel with a post-apocalyptic setting, because the protagonist seemed less concerned with survival than she was with looking pretty for the two meatheads who kept fighting for her attention. They were like animals fighting for the right to breed with the pack female, and there was nothing appealing about any of it.
There’s dialogue like the following. (Note that dialogue is from an uncorrected proof and may change at final publication.):
“You know I’m not really in love with you, right?”
“Of course,” I said quickly.
“Good. ‘Cause I’m not.”
“Glad we got that straight.”
The post-apocalyptic setting, populated by zombie-ish, mutated humans, was silly, not scary, and the unappealing main characters made this book painful to read.
I wonder how my hair looks today
What else should concern me when the world’s gone astray?
Mutant zombies want to kill
But I would rather have the thrill
Of two douchebags in a love triangle that’s all a cliche