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by Kat Falls

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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


"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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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
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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"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

School Library Journal
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

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Scholastic, Inc.
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5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
HL700L (what's this?)
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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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Inhuman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
Inhuman was definitely one of the more interesting dystopians I've read in a while. It really gives a unique twist on the whole world-in-apocalypse type story. I've read quite a few of these where some disease or engineered, viral sickness has swept the world and devastated it, but nothing quite like this. So definite props for invention here. In this story, an engineered sickness has swept the world, yes, but it doesn't cause zombies or killing illnesses, but rather, it creates genetic mutations that turn people into a mixture of human and animal. There are multiple strands of this disease sweeping the world outside the wall, and the results are that people are mutating into a variety of animals. The same thing that made the story very inventive also made me a bit skeptical. I wasn't sure that I bought the whole concept that people could mutate into animals. However, that being said, for some reason I still liked it, despite my skepticism. The story was just so well done and the characters so engaging that I was able to suspend disbelief enough to really enjoy it. There was some very good character development in this book, especially on the part of Lane. This is a girl who has lived a very sheltered life behind the safety of the wall, taken care of by her father. So having her thrown into a situation where she must leave the protection of those walls and not have the benefit of her father's care and safety around her definitely caused her personality to shift and change. It was that change which made her a very interesting character. She gradually evolves into a more brave girl willing to put herself into danger and chase it even in order to save her father. I loved this about her. You could still see her vulnerabilities though... so she was a well-rounded character. I loved both of the guys in this story also. They are polar opposites. One is kind, brave, and sacrificing, and the other is cocky, brave, and mysterious. It was very difficult to come down on one side of the fence or the other when it came to these guys because they are both great, and they both interact differently with Lane. Their is potential romance with both. I'm really not sure who I would want her to be with in the end, but I have time to figure it out. This was a really great start to a new series. It ended with a cliffhanger that made me want to read on, so I'd definitely say this was a winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this up because it was in the nook's recommended if you liked Breathe. I was sceptical at first, but I'm glad I went for it. Dysotopian has been done to death almost, however, I think the author was able to give it a new POV. It's a well written book with good flow and a consistent readable voice. My only regret was buying it right after it was published (which I didn't notice until I finished). Now I get to wait at least a year until the sequel:( .
PrettyInFiction More than 1 year ago
Kat Falls gave me so much more than I was expecting in Inhuman. I knew I needed this book the moment I saw its beautiful cover, I thought it would a fun post apocalyptic read full of danger and (maybe) some sort of infected zombie-ish creatures, but what I got was an incredibly imaginative fantasy and an entertaining adventure. The plot of Inhuman isn't exactly what I'd call realistic, what with the talking half men/half animals and all. But this book has got some of the most entertaining dialogue I've read in a long time (thank you, Rafe), and it's realistic to the situation which keeps the crazy storyline grounded in reality, at least enough that it doesn't seem so far fetched while you're reading. Somehow Falls was able to write a story that, in the hands of any other writer, might have come off as ridiculous. The love interests (yes, there are TWO, but don't get your panties in a bunch about it) are both swoony enough that you won't know who you're rooting for. Everson commands your attention the moment he steps on the page, but then again, so does Rafe. These two boys are as different as different gets, yet they both really care about Lane. I love how, even though there's a love triangle, Falls set it up in a way that's less angsty and more fun. Both boys have different things to offer, but neither is exactly clamoring for Lane's love and attention. There are more important things going on, like finding a cure to a highly contagious plague or (if that's not enough to distract you from the romance) a vicious serial killer who's ripping people's hearts out. Despite those issues though, there's always room for some romance and that's exactly what Falls gives us. By the time this book is over you'll have switched teams quite a few times before finally throwing your hands in the air and letting the chips fall where they may. (And then you'll pull all those chips back to you and place them on one of those boys because Whoo! What an ending!) Inhuman might seem like any other post apocalyptic/dystopian at first glance, but once you pick it up you won't be able to turn away. With twists and turns, non-stop action, and a wonderfully written plot that ties everything together perfectly, Inhuman is a book you'll want to have gracing your shelves for years to come. I know I'll be in a state of book hangover until the sequel is released!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite! Kat Falls has amazing writing skills, through and through. I am blown away. This was absolutely astounding. I loved it! I'm going to be dying for a year for the sequel to come out!
sarah_says More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I wouldn't have picked this book up on a whim, that is why I am so grateful that I won an ARC of this novel because I absolutely love this book. Inhuman is post apocalyptic story about a virus that broke out, infecting and turning people into animals. A wall was built to keep those animal people closed off and away from the healthy people West of the wall, but as safe as our protagonist Lane has always been in the West, she was never happy. She always felt as if something was missing from her caged life, and everything starts to change the moment she has a chance to enter the other side. Reading the synopsis, I knew that this story was about a virus outbreak, and that it was going to be disturbing and saddening at the same time. While reading the novel, I realized that I was torn between disgust and compassion, both feelings hitting hard at the same time, and it's hard to decide which emotion was dominant over the other. Are animal people who are infected as bad as they seem, and are the clean humans as good as they seem; and vice versa. Although I did enjoy the suspense of this story, I really liked the fantasy aspect as well. The way the author describes these people was fascinating, like I can imagine myself in Lane's shoes, meeting these hybrid creatures and deciding whether I should be afraid or fascinated. There was also a lot of humor going on in this story as well, and as great as Lane is, I have to say it is the minor characters that really made this story. Anyone who has always secretly wanted to believe in mythical creatures and bedtime stories coming to life, will enjoy this book-but do keep in mind, that the creatures in this novel may not be as timid and kind as you would like..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire book i enjoyed hearing about how the humans looked in an animalistic veiw. Kat was able to bring the characters to life and make you love them so that if one was cut off you would be left with tears in your eyes and hoping that there were enough pages for the character to be brought back. The world that was created was made with so much fear, hate, disgust, love and so much beauty it was extraordinary! The fact the main character was tempted in the end to become a creature she feared just out of love was heart breaking and had you silently yelling at the character to go after him. Better than the Hunger Game, Divergent, World War Z, and any other zombie movie ever.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I knew I was going to read this one. It sounded way to unique to ignore. However, I will freely admit that I went into it a little wary. I figured it how more potential to go either way than most books. I was happy to find that I really enjoyed it. Lane leaves a very sheltered life, even if she doesn't know it. Her father leaves her for long stretches of time, but fails to tell her that he's a fetch. When a higher up government official bring Lane in and tells her the truth, she's shocked to say the least. But there's more...in order to keep her father from being imprisoned she must find him in the eastern part of the country and send him on a fetch. A fetch that will send him deep into feral territory rumored to be ruled by mutant humans. I admired Lane because she never hesitates to help her father. She sneaks in through that gate all alone. She always seems to be just a few paces behind him though. Soon it's evident that she's not going to catch him in time to complete the fetch. So what's girl to do? Well do it herself of course. In this journey she learns far more about the current world she lives in than she ever thought possible. These feral mutant humans aren't all she's been lead to be terrified of. The government may be hiding the possibility of a cure (or at least a vaccine). And sometimes, a true killer is more imbedded in our human nature no matter what we look like on the outside. A thoroughly interesting tale. I think this is one of those stories that different people latch on to different aspects of the story. I found myself caught up in the animal mutations and what makes someone "human." I found it fascinating to say the least. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next one. I want more of some of these characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was by far one of the best books i've read. I wasn't expecting too much for this book, but WOW. It was spectacular! There was action, romance, and even a little thriller. Some parts were heartbreaking, others heart-wrenching from anticipation and fear. I was truly scared for Lane at some moments and almost couldnt read the rest (but i had to find out!). The main character Lane is very caring and i loved her more and more. The two guys... can i just say yes please! Everson was my favorite at first, but as i learned more about Rafe i fell in love. He may be wild and a "bad boy" type, but he has a whole other side to him that i loved. He is absolutely one of the sweetest, most adorable characters i have seen. Everson annoyed me at the end (i wont spoil it though). This was a really cool version of a dystopian novel because i have never heard of one with half human half animals. I'll admit, i was very skeptical at first, but it was perfect. Some "manimals" i found adorable and some i found absolutely terrifying (the tiger freaked me out). Anyway, if you are debating whether to buy this, BUY IT RIGHT NOW! you will NOT regret it. I am anticipating the next book, due to the TERRIBLE cliffhanger! It is so sad! This book is definitly in my top 10, maybe even top 5(which is saying something, since i read ALOT). You neeeeeed to buy this right now! It it worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inhuman grabbed me from the first page, and I read it in two sittings. This book was terrific and I can't wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book and was full of suspens,but a twist ending if you love action That will leave you reading. !,
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
A Dystopia story that can give you nightmares... just joking but after all the Zombie apocalypse movies on a dark and stormy night, i did have the creeps going out to get my child after a late night football game. This story has the potential of Rip Tide and Dark life, with the  mutation children and adults through a virus, that has at least three stages, a high fever, mutation, and the final feral stage. A great premise about how society would adapt to change, to danger, and how corporations maybe the downfall of society. As great mental awareness and a coming of age story this book looks into our ideals, and prejudice in a new and shocking way... It may be dark for the young reader, but those children who have read all the Harry Potters, all the Hunger Games, or the Testing will find this a great addition to their shelves. 
Anonymous 9 months ago
Love 'em books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read for those who love dystopia novels but are tired of the cookie cutter blue print of a power hunger society trying to control the ordinary man. This book offers a dystopian-type world, but with a very real threat on the other side. The characters are well built and the conflict is a good balance of the main characters choices and seemingly natural consequence. There were also a few unexpected twists that I didn't see coming. I read alot, and this is the first book review I've ever done. I definitely recommend this book. It breaks the mold!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great read. Nothing like I've read before. Makes your imagination turn I high. Enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an adult and really enjoyed this teen dystopia book, could hardly put it down. Looking for a sequel?.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for Part II to come out!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inhuman is a very interesting take on a dystopian story! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Would definitely reccommend for a short read!
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What a great imagination the author has. Loved this book can't wait for the second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read captivating a little hard to get into but definitely worth the read can't wait for the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many suprises and thrills and so much suspense all woven into a perfecg novel. Well worth 1.99!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inhuma is a fast paced adventure book with the perfect amount of romance, comedy, and thrill mixed in. Hoping and praying for a second book because wow what an ending! If you are contemplating buying this book- buy it right now. You will not regret it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I have to say is when is the next one coming out?
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I really loved this and i hope she writes another one. :)(: