Author: Kat Falls
Book: (Fetch, #1)
I won this book on goodreads and was a tiny bit disappointed that the author didn't sign the book. I'll deal with it though since I like the book that much. It kind of reminds me of a cross between Under the Never Sky and The Madman's Daughter. It was great! I was supposed to read this before it came out but since I was out of town I just now was able to finish it. D: Ooops!
Delaney (Lane) is just a girl who's father is never around. She dreams of seeing the Feral Zone but would never cross the line in fear of getting infected. When she's take from a party at her friend's house by Agents she knows her life is over. Once you are taken into quarantine you are a pariah for life even if you aren't infected by the Ferae which she knows she's not. They really brought her in because her father is a fetch (someone who goes into the Feral Zone to collect things for people who are willing to pay) but Lane didn't know he was. She knew what happened to the fetch if they were caught so Director Spurling gives her a chance to find her father and to get something for her in order to get their lives back. (It's that or death, basically) So she takes the chance and leaves the walls of Titan (700 ft. tall walls that protect the city) behind and goes in search of her father.
When Lane gets across the Last Bridge she runs into Rafe the thief from the base she has just escaped from. He's also the one who cut her arm with a knife and is now trying to kill a manimal that's only crime is being infected by Farae. Lane manages to save the creature who in turn thanks her and runs off before Rafe can kill him. Lane then has to save Rafe from a real monster from her father's stories but ends up down in the hole with Rafe. Will they make it out alive? Will Rafe save her? Duh!
They make it to the compound in the Feral Zone only to discover that her father isn't there. Everson (a guy she met on the military compound (super sexy!)) has come to take her back to safety. (Does he really think she'd just abandon her father?) So she, Everson, and Rafe go on a fetch to get what Director Spurling wanted so desperately. What could possibly go wrong?
Now the feral that Rafe was hunting is stalking Lane and they've taken on an manimal (second generation) named Cosmo and he's 8 years old. (so sweet!) They go to Chicago only to be captured and Lane discovers that the manimal she saved (aka the feral who almost killed her) is also the king. (I'm spoiling it aren't I? Well the synopsis should give a better description than it does!!!)
Will they all make it out alive? Will the feral rip out Lane's heart? Who will be left behind? What has happened to her dad? How will this book end?
I loved the ending but I'm dying to know what happened to the manimals (and a certain other character...) but I guess I'll just have to wait. I'm not a patient person which is why I have a hard time reading books or even getting started on a book. I have many faults but I'm glad I read this book because I really really enjoyed it! Hope you all agree! :D
About The Author
Kat came up with the idea for her debut novel, Dark Life (Scholastic Press, May 2010), during a writing exercise. Knowing that her 11-year-old son loved reading about the ocean, Wild West pioneers and, of course, the X-Men, she combined his interests and created a story premise that kept her up nights plotting and world-building.
Today, Dark Life has deals in eighteen international markets and is in development at Disney with the Gotham Group producing. Named an ABC New Voices pick for outstanding debuts of 2010, Dark Life was featured on The Today Show in July 2010 when it was selected by Al Roker for "Al's Book Club for Kids.” Dark Life has been nominated for eight state book awards and in 2011, Kat was awarded a Juvenile Literary Award by The Friends of American Writers'.
The sequel, Rip Tide, was released by Scholastic Press in August, 2011. Each book has been designated as "A Junior Library Guild Selection."
Currently, Kat is working on a YA scifi-adventure trilogy, Inhuman, acquired by Scholastic Press for publication beginning in September 2013.