Review: Inhuman by Kat Falls

Publisher:  Scholastic, Inc.

Genre: YA, futuristic, post-apocalyptic

Series: Fetch

Pages: 384, Hardcover

Release Date: September 24th, 2013

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 Summary from Netgalley:

Beauty versus beasts.

In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi River has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into bloodthirsty savages, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for violating the border is death.

Lane McEvoy can’t imagine why anyone would risk it. She’s grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she’s naturally curious about what’s on the other side – but she’s not that curious. Life in the west is safe, comfortable . . . sterile. Which is just how she likes it.

But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, risking life and limb and her very DNA, 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.

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coffee to goCoffee To Go: I absolutely LOVED this book. It’s original, it has a hint of didacticism, and it will keep your eyes glued to its pages. I highly recommend that you go buy it—and soon! If you’ve read another young adult book like this one, let me know. The plagued world in which Lane lives is none like I’ve ever read. And I’ve read quite a few books.

Characters—

Lane: She’s a bit of a germaphobe. It adds some serious comic relief to the story, which is good. I like that she doesn’t just take everything people say to her with a grain of salt and she looks for the best in people. Lane realky believes in humanity and I find that super inspiring. I liked her as a protagonist a lot. She’s quick on her feet, too.

Rafe: He starts the novel as a HUGE jerk. I’m not saying he ends the novel as a deep, tortured, beautiful soul or anything, but the reader does get to see a huge change in his demeanor. I really cared about him by the end. He’s pretty precious. Besides the fact that, like I said, he’s a huge jerk. Sometimes, I was like, “Rafe, are we in a post-apocalyptic type world or are we in junior high?” But…*sigh*…the story wouldn’t be the same without him.

Everson: He’s pretty much perfect at everything. And he’s good. A perfect foil for Rafe. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt safe around him…and I’m just the reader! I absolutely loved him!

The World—

So basically the entire United States winds up on the West side of an enormous wall that splits the entire country in half and keeps out feral, a horrible disease that mutates humans into animals. Oh, and it mutates people at different rates, so you never know when the disease will overtake someone’s brain, stripping them of their self-control. Talk about blurring the lines of humanity. If you’ve read Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy, you know about the Wilds. I feel like this story is about all of legends about the Wilds coming true. Kat Falls creates a savage, survival of the fittest, is-this-even-possible, type of world. I can’t say much else for fear of spilling a spoiler, but just WAIT until you get to Chicago! It gets crazy!

The Themes—

Definition of humanity/Moral dilemmas

Friendship/Family

Definition of civilization

Final Thoughts—

Hmm…Rafe is hot. Ever is dreamy. Both of them can kick serious butt. Yes, there’s a love triangle. No, it does not take away from the story. I’m so thankful that Lane isn’t the type of girl to get caught up in that mess. She’s pretty busy trying to save her father (No spoilers here; you find out in the first chapter or two). Inhuman is filled with action, dramatic irony, a crazy plot twist or two, and, best of all, it made me think! Not deep, existential questions, but questions about right and wrong, good and evil. I can’t wait to see how Kat Falls continues Lane’s story in Fetch #2!

Memorable Quotes—

“Safe and happy don’t always go together.”

“It’s the beast that kills. When I’m human again, the beast’s sins will not be mine.”

 

***This review was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

Writing on Wednesdays: A Novice in Poetry

writing and coffee

For my creative writing class, I find myself embarking on a journey into the massive and terrifying depths of poetry. Beware, esteemed readers, that my poetry here is…I’m not sure whether there is a name for it. Novice? Senseless? Creepy? Either way, I admire you for stopping to take a closer look at it.  Prose is most definitely my strong suit compared to poetry.

This poem is part of a response to a chapter entitled “Lying to Tell the Truth” from Susan Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy, the poetry book we are using in class. The chapter encourages the poet to seek after exaggerations, to “lie” in order to convey emotional truth. Remember: I do not post these to receive professional criticism or anything; I have a pretty hard Writing teacher for that. Besides that, any thoughts, questions, comments, etc are welcomed! P.S. the formatting isn’t entirely correct on the blog compared to my Word document.

A tame savage,

I beat upon my chest

Frantic rhythms of hushed distress

As peaceful as a silent scream

As tormented as a sleeping infant.

I beat upon the walls of my skin

A lonely litany of turmoil within.

My heart.

My heart beats.

My heartbeats

Inside my chest,

Inside my skin—

They respond.

They remind.

I am

Alive.

tame.

savage.

peaceful.

tormented.

Alive.

Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled TEEN

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Series:  Lux #4

Pages: 400

Release Date: August 27th, 2013

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Summary from Goodreads:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

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coffee to goCoffee To Go: Love, love, loved it! Readers can expect more depth in relationships and higher stakes. Aliens just got real in this riveting novel—if you want more Daemon, here he is! I devoured Origin.

ENSUE GUSHING:

So…I can gladly say that Jennifer blew my very high expectations out of the water. First of all, we get Daemon’s snarky, funny, and tender viewpoint for about half of the book. We can check alternating Daemon/Katy POVs off of the “awesomeness” list. And those plot twists! I was shocked by almost all of them. This book is nearly impossible to put down. The depth of Daemon and Katy’s relationship is beautiful. I mean, their kisses were kind of perfect too…*swoon*

I really like how Jennifer touches on some deeper topics, such as the definition of humanity and humane treatment, etc. without making the book feel too heavy. Origin brought forth a wealth of emotions from me: I laughed out loud, I rolled my eyes, and I cried—there was a point in the book (I will not say where) that I knelt on my knees so upset that I could not breathe normally.

Another little fun tidbit for those of you who have read Obsession, I definitely squealed when Hunter made an appearance. I was all like, “I know him! OMG Daemon, he’s a good guy!” and basically had a fangirl freakout. I do have an issue with one thing: Jennifer writes too slowly. The cliffhanger she leaves you with is absolutely torturous. Why Opposition isn’t out until almost a year, I do not know. I need it. Like, now.

If you even moderately liked any of the other Lux books, you will love this one. I think that this is her best one yet—it takes the readers higher and lower and farther than any of Katy and Daemon’s previous adventures. Do yourself a favor and start reading it already. If you need to start the entire series, go get Obsidian and get on this train!

Memorable Quotes—

“I don’t expect a normal life. I just expect a life with you.” –Kat

“I’ll burn down the world to save her.” –Daemon

“Sometimes words were cheap. They could be powerful, but in those rare occasions like now, words meant nothing.”

This thing called life.

I know my blog title sounded deep and reflective, but is (sadly) does not reflect this post.

Long story short, my life has been absolute chaos for the last week or two. Hence no blog posts. I have about five mostly written reviews waiting on the finishing touches, which I know makes me awful. I promise I will be posting more recent books and reviews soon! Stay with me, guys. The night is almost over. Well…the fortnight. Gosh, I am CORNY. 

I will be posting my reviews of Sarah J. Maas’ Crown of Midnight and Daisy Whitney’s Starry Nights within the week. I am super excited about them!

I shall leave you with one of my favorite quotes: “Okay? Okay.” from John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

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