Inhuman by Kat Falls
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Futuristic, Young Adult, US
The United States has been dealt a devastating biological disaster that has caused the abandonment of the area east of the Mississippi River. It is now called the Feral Zone because of the virus that turned millions of people into bloodthirsty savages. It is also now completely off-limits. Violating the border risks the punishment of death.
Lane McEvoy can’t imagine anyone wanting to risk going there. She grew up in the shadow of the wall that was put up to separate the two parts of the country. She has always been curious as to what the Feral Zone is like but not enough to chance death. Life in the West has always been comfortable and safe. That is just the way she likes it.
Lane gets a shock though when she finds out that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. She now has little choice but to follow. As Lane travels east she finds out just how unprepared she truly is. Civilization in the east is in complete ruins. Now she is going to find out if her humanity is her greatest strength or her greatest weakness.
This is a story that is very different from others in this genre. Once readers start they will find themselves engrossed in a world that comes to life from the pages of the book. It is also very hard to put down once the reader starts it. The world building is fascinating in how very different it is and yet in some respects it is still familiar to readers that know the areas mentioned. This is the start of a trilogy and will have readers wanting the other books right now to see what happens to each character. There is plenty of action and at no point does this book slow down. Reading how Lane gets out of different situations that she finds herself in is interesting. The story takes a few twists that will keep readers on their toes as they try to figure out just where this one is going to end up at. This is also a book that will have readers reading late into the night just to see what will happen next. This is one not to miss.
I give this one 5 red roses