Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Inhuman: Review


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.


Inhuman is probably one of the weirdest books I've read in a long time. Mutation is all over America, except they're not turning into zombies. No, something even weirder and less apocalyptic. Animal-human hybrids. Even chimpacabra exists. This is very cute and funny but also really weird. I mean, animals? And there are fifty strains of this kind of disease? That sounds equally awesome and strange. This is not a problem though.

One of two problems I have with this book is the loss of focus of the plot. Yes, quite a lot happen in the book, and I appreciate that. It's fast-paced and action-packed. It's quite an adventure for Lane and I feel like her character has grown in quite a short time without awkwardness. There are some very exciting characters and I enjoy the humor of the book. However, her major purpose of going to the Savage Zone is lost for quite some time in the book. This is a little annoying, considering there are two major plots existing in the same timeline but one is abandoned.

The other problem is that there's a lack of explanation of some pretty big bombs that the author has dropped on us. Next time you drop some surprising stuff on us, make sure it's not linked to the characters too much that it seems forced, okay? Not that I don't like close links between enemy and friend, but this is just unnatural. Other than these two problems though, the book is entertaining and fun. It won't hurt to try it out.

Rating: 7/10

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