Inhuman

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"This taut, unforgettable adventure is storytelling of the best sort." - Andrea Cremer, NYT Bestselling Author of NIGHTSHADE

Step into the Feral Zone, where the stakes are high, the romance is steamy, and the dangers are unlike anything you've ever seen. . . .

Lane McEvoy gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone she loves has crossed into the Feral Zone, the forbidden wilderness east of the Mississippi River. Few have dared set foot in the Zone since the ...

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Inhuman

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Overview


"This taut, unforgettable adventure is storytelling of the best sort." - Andrea Cremer, NYT Bestselling Author of NIGHTSHADE

Step into the Feral Zone, where the stakes are high, the romance is steamy, and the dangers are unlike anything you've ever seen. . . .

Lane McEvoy gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone she loves has crossed into the Feral Zone, the forbidden wilderness east of the Mississippi River. Few have dared set foot in the Zone since the devastating biological disaster that killed millions and left the survivors . . . changed. But now Lane has little choice. She travels east, 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.

In this bold and utterly original trilogy, acclaimed author Kat Falls brings you to the very edge of civilization and dares you to jump.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Readers will find themselves drawn into Lane's story through the author's consistent worldbuilding and striking turns of phrase. Lane is an appealing and credible protagonist; her progression from obsessive cleanliness to fearless engagement with the infected is subtle and believable. Sure to satisfy fans of the dystopian-romance genre and to gather new ones along the way." - KIRKUS, Starred Review

"The animal hybrids are sometimes intriguing and sometimes terrifying (like the half-bat half-piranha weevlings) but are always compelling. . . . This is a perfectly plotted, deliciously suspenseful journey through a lush, intriguing society in which nothing is quite as it seems." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Falls presents Lane as a competent, admirable heroine who more than holds her own. The setting holds great promise, and its dangers are quite entertaining. . . A solid start." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Recommended for readers looking for a thrilling, page-turning read." - VOYA

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
Falls (Rip Tide) begins a trilogy set in a dystopian America, a generation after a hybridized virus killed or mutated millions. Survivors live west of the Mississippi, with a giant wall protecting them from the “Feral Zone” to the east. When 16-year-old Lane McEvoy’s father goes missing, she learns that he was a “fetch,” illegally journeying east to retrieve precious artwork and other items. A powerful official blackmails Lane into helping find her father; when she’s unsuccessful, she must complete his assignment herself. Accompanied by rule-breaking bad boy Rafe and handsome border guard Everson, Lane ventures into the Feral Zone, trying to survive the legacy of the Ferae Naturae virus, including animal crossbreeds and feral “manimals.” Despite the obligatory love triangle, Falls presents Lane as a competent, admirable heroine who more than holds her own. The setting holds great promise, and its dangers are quite entertaining: from the dreaded chimpacabra and piranha-bats to people infected by lion, tiger, or fox DNA, there’s lovely and bizarre imagery involved. A solid start, even when the book falls into familiar patterns for the genre. Ages 12–up. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
What if you find out that the bedtime stories that your father has told you about chimpacabras and manimals were all true. What if you grew up during a period when the ecosystem has a virus and it is wreaking so much havoc that a seven hundred foot tall wall has been erected to keep you safe. Annapolis "Anna" Brown lives in Davenport and has never known a time without the Ferae Naturae virus, which killed forty percent of the American population, leaving the eastern half of the country wild and unreachable. Eighteen years earlier a corporation named Titan created the "virus" to add animal hybrids to their mazes in theme parks. A fringe group invaded the labs and set these animals free only to realize that it was highly contagious. Anna's father travels all the time because he is an art collector, but then one day Anna is pulled from a party by guards in hazmat uniforms and told that her father has really been leading a double life. Her father, Ian McEvoy is a fetch. He is hired to retrieve items from the forbidden zone. The director of the biohazard defense department believes that Anna will be able to find her father for a special "fetch" of a personal nature. Anna is forced to travel into the feral zone where she meets Everson, a trustworthy, good looking line guard at Arsenal Island. She also comes across Rafe, a thief, handsome and adventurous, who has been raised by her father while he leads his double life. The three work together to reach Chicago to hunt down the directors "fetch." While a tiger/man serial killer has set his sights on Anna. An apocalyptic adventure tale that pays homage to The Island of Dr. Moreau. The final quarter of the book gets very violent but weaves a tale of a futuristic battleground. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
VOYA - Tanya Paglia
An amusement park attraction gone wrong gives way to a devastating virus that turns humans into feral "manimals." Delaney, Lane for short, has heard similar stories from her dad in the form of fairytales, but these "manimals" are not the cute and cuddly kind. Lane is safe as long as she stays confined behind the feral zone. Then, she finds out her dad is out there. He is a "fetch," a person who enters the zone to obtain priceless items, punishable by death. But Lane's dad is wanted for one last fetch that may save his life. On her quest to help him, Lane meets two boys; a soldier on a mission to find a cure, and an unruly boy who grew up in the zone and seems to know more about her and her dad than he lets on—and both boys are adorable. Who has time for romance, though, when you are fighting off cross-bred, rabid humans trying to infect you, all while living out your bedtime stories? Lane intends to risk her life to find out. This novel is reminiscent of H.G. Wells's The Island Of Dr. Moreau with a hint of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. The inhuman world that author Falls has shaped is both disturbing and fascinating. Falls's creatures are frighteningly beautiful as are the traits that distinguish them from human and animal, a very small distinction at times. This is recommended for readers looking for a thrilling, page-turning read. Reviewer: Tanya Paglia
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 8 Up—Years ago, genetic experimentation gone wrong unleashed the Ferae virus, which killed millions and mutated more into half-human, half-animal hybrids. Humanity fled west and built a wall along the Mississippi River. Sixteen-year-old Lane McEvoy has grown up in the West, but she's just found out that her father, who she thought was an art dealer, is actually a fetch, someone who illegally crosses the quarantine line to retrieve items from the East. She's blackmailed into breaching the wall and convincing him to do a job for a powerful government official, but when she can't locate him, she must perform the fetch herself with help from mysterious border guard Everson and infuriating mercenary Rafe. This first installation in a trilogy is well imagined, set in an original world whose convincing history, politics, and social norms come out naturally as the story unfolds. The animal hybrids are sometimes intriguing and sometimes terrifying (like the half-bat half-piranha weevlings) but are always compelling. While the love triangle is perhaps inevitable, Lane, Everson, and Rafe are believable, and new facets of their personalities are revealed over their journey. Although ethics in Lane's universe are, at first, clearly delineated, as she sees more of the world past the wall, her sense of what makes people human-and humane-evolves. This is a perfectly plotted, deliciously suspenseful journey through a lush, intriguing society in which nothing is quite as it seems.—Gretchen Kolderup, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-01
Falls' (Rip Tide, 2011, etc.) first novel for teens is the nail-biting start of a new trilogy. Nineteen years ago, the deadly Ferae Naturae ("of a wild nature") virus killed 40 percent of America's population. Now, 16 year-old Lane McEvoy lives a safe, sterile life in the shadow of the Titan, a 700-foot-tall wall that extends from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, separating the uninfected west from the Feral Zone to the east. Lane's life is turned upside down when the head of Biohazard Defense makes her an offer she can't afford to refuse. Director Spurling has evidence that Lane's father, Mack, is a "fetch," paid to retrieve valuables left behind during the exodus two decades before. Unless Lane locates her father so he can recover something the director has lost, Spurling will expose Mack's treason, and Lane will lose him to execution by firing squad. As she ventures into the Feral Zone, Lane picks up two unlikely allies: the enigmatic feral-hunter Rafe and the militant, by-the-book guard Everson. Readers will find themselves drawn into Lane's story through the author's consistent worldbuilding and striking turns of phrase. Lane is an appealing and credible protagonist; her progression from obsessive cleanliness to fearless engagement with the infected is subtle and believable. Sure to satisfy fans of the dystopian-romance genre and to gather new ones along the way. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545371018
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/31/2015
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,078,890
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Kat Falls is the author of Inhuman, Dark Life, and Rip Tide. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she holds an MFA in screenwriting from Northwestern University, where she now teaches. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.
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