In the novel Inhuman, the primary civilization is the United States of America, or at least half of it. The half of the US east of the Mississippi has been decimated by a pandemic. Everyone that wasn’t infected evacuated to the West, leaving the East barren, and a huge wall now runs along the Mississippi keeping the uninfected West separated from the infected East. At least that’s what the government of the West tells its inhabitants, and what it teaches to its students. One of those students, Delaney Park McEvoy or Lane, who was born in the West after the evacuation, has been taught this all of her life.
Lane has lived a sheltered life with her father, an art dealer, but she is curious about the land on the other side of wall. That’s why Lane and her friends attempt to see over the wall using a remote control helicopter. When their experiment fails, they all head to a party that is later crashed by Biohazard Defense agents. Lane is taken away and charged with being infected. Soon she discovers that the barren East just might not be so barren and what Lane discovers there is both terrifying and a challenge to her humanity.
With Inhuman, author Kat Falls has created an exciting and gripping story. This fantasy novel is wholly appropriate for her young adult audience, with a good mix of suspense, action, and teen romance. Falls’ storytelling allows her world of “guards”, “fetches” and “manimals” to slowly and compellingly unfold. Lane’s journey isn’t rushed, and the continued surprises reward the reader and make this a hard book to put down.
The title is appropriate for ages 12 and up. It is currently available in hardcover and as an eBook. Other books by Kat Falls include Dark Life and Riptide.
***A promotional copy of this title was provided for review purposes only***