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 savage beast-men, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for crossing 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 curious about what’s on the other side – but not that curious. Life in the west is safe, comfortable . . . sanitized. 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.
Inhuman was chosen for the American Booksellers Association’s 2013-2014 Kids’ Winter Indie Next List, which features the top 10 children’s titles for the winter publishing season organized by age group. All Next List picks are based on nominations from independent booksellers across the country. “This futuristic tale begins amidst a zombie-like apocalypse that has rocked the United States. People aren’t turning into zombies as we know them, but rather gradually take on animal characteristics until they become feral and lose their humanity completely. Delaney Park has grown up on the side of a massive wall that keeps the remaining uninfected humans safe from the feral beasts, but when she finds herself on the other side of the wall, she realizes that some of these ‘beasts’ may be more human than anyone knows.” —Madison Butler, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo, WA
Kirkus (starred review), August 14, 2013 Falls’ first novel for teens is the nail-biting start of a new trilogy. Nineteen years ago, the deadly Ferae Naturae (“of a wild nature”) virus killed 40 percent of America’s population. Now, 16 year-old Lane McEvoy lives a safe, sterile life in the shadow of the Titan, a 700-foot-tall wall that extends from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, separating the uninfected west from the Feral Zone to the east. Lane’s life is turned upside down when the head of Biohazard Defense makes her an offer she can’t afford to refuse. Director Spurling has evidence that Lane’s father, Mack, is a “fetch,” paid to retrieve valuables left behind during the exodus two decades before. Unless Lane locates her father so he can recover something the director has lost, Spurling will expose Mack’s treason, and Lane will lose him to execution by firing squad. As she ventures into the Feral Zone, Lane picks up two unlikely allies: the enigmatic feral-hunter Rafe and the militant, by-the-book guard Everson. Readers will find themselves drawn into Lane’s story through the author’s consistent worldbuilding and striking turns of phrase. Lane is an appealing and credible protagonist; her progression from obsessive cleanliness to fearless engagement with the infected is subtle and believable. Sure to satisfy fans of the dystopian-romance genre and to gather new ones along the way.
The oceans rose up, swallowing up the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor: the Dark Life.
Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea, helping his family farm the ocean floor. But when outlaws attack his homestead, Ty finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her brother, Ty ventures into the frontier’s rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to the Dark Life . . . secrets that threaten to destroy everything.
In her debut novel, Kat Falls has created a breathtaking world where the deep can be dangerous, the darkness can be deadly, and sometimes it takes extraordinary power to survive.
Read the first chapter of Dark Life here
And an exclusive bonus chapter found only in the audio book here!
Dark Life was nominated for the following state book awards:
Florida’s Sunshine State Young Reader Award
Georgia’s Children’s Book Award
Illinois’ Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award
Minnesota’s Maud Hart Lovelace Award
Missouri’s Truman Readers Award
Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award
Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award
South Carolina’s Junior Book Award
Utah’s Beehive Book Award
Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
The sequel to the acclaimed subsea adventure DARK LIFE.
Ty has always known that the ocean is a dangerous place. Every time he swims beyond the borders of his family’s subsea farm, he’s prepared to face all manner of aquatic predators-sharks, squid, killer whales . . . What Ty isn’t prepared to find in the deep is an entire township chained to a sunken submarine, its inhabitants condemned to an icy underwater grave. It’s only the first clue to a mystery that has claimed hundreds of lives and stands to claim two more — lives very precious to Ty and his Topsider ally, Gemma.
Now in a desperate race against the clock, Ty and Gemma find themselves in conflict with outlaws, Seaguard officers, and the savage, trident-wielding surfs — plus a menagerie of the most deadly creatures the ocean has to offer.
Kat Falls brings to life the mysteries, marvels, and monsters of the deep in this fast-paced and inventive action-adventure.
Read the first chapter here!
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