“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

Inhuman by Kat FallsInhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls
Goodreads – Sci-Fi YA – October 1st 2013 by Scholastic

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.

Thoughts: I absolutely loved Kat Falls’ Dark Life and was always rather sad that she didn’t get more attention. Seriously, people: it was a pretty great book. I’d been saving the follow-up to Dark Life for a rainy day, as I wasn’t sure when we’d hear from Kat again. Now I get to read it!

Inhuman is giving me lots of Pure (Julianna Baggott) vibes – which I totally love. Also, the idea of mutated human beings was a topic she explored really well in Dark Life, so I am sure she can pull it off again.

Not in love with the cover though!

Kay

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Kay's been blogging about urban fantasy, young adult and werewolves since 2009. She's a firm believer in the many uses of the towel, the science of deduction and other fandom in-jokes. To support her book-buying habit, Kay keeps up a day-job as a science journalist (so feel free to ask her about Physics).

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