Lane’s father is a fetch, and fetches get executed. To save her father, she needs to journey through the Feral Zone and to Chicago to complete a fetch, but she’s never been over the Wall and has nothing to go on but the fairy tales her father told her. Or were they fairy tales?
Note on ratings:
** Below average
*** Average. Not good or bad.
**** Above average
***** Above and beyond
Content: The book has quite a bit of violence. There are a few mentions of sex, but nothing really nasty. Lane tends to notice how hot guys are when they’re shirtless. I don’t recall any swearing, but I’m pretty desensitized to that.
Originality and world building: ****
The interaction between manimals, humans, and ferals was interesting. Overall, the worldbuilding felt pretty good, but the idea of a killer virus isn’t that original.
Characters and their Arcs: ****
It was interesting seeing Rafe get a little less wild and Lane stop using the hand sanitizer. Lane’s character flaw in the beginning seemed to be the fact that she was too nice. It’s foreshadowed with a kiss and comes back to bite her later on. Rafe has a sense of humor, which is pretty rare in dystopian.
Writing style and Pacing: *****
I couldn’t put this book down, and I was up way too late reading it because I lost track of time.
What I liked: Like I said, I couldn’t put the book down. I really like mutant animals and that kind of thing, so this book was more my flavor than some dystopian. It’s also refreshing not to have a sermon on global warming.
What I didn’t like: Lane kept mentioning how hot the guys were. Maybe I’m the only one, but to me, this gets old fast. I felt like Ty in Dark Life was more relatable than Lane, but Ty was a lot more relatable than most characters I read about.