Thursday, 12 August 2010

Book Review: Inhuman by Danielle Q. Lee

Title: Inhuman
Author: Danielle Q. Lee
Publisher: Aethereal Publishing
Release date: 5 July 2010
Source: Review copy provided by author
For more information visit Danielle Q. Lee's website

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!
Goodreads appetizer: With tuition fees looming, University student, Cassia Tiponi, offers herself as a guinea pig to the science department. After much poking and prodding by future doctors, a blood test reveals something startling... Cassia does not have human DNA. While being hunted by a dark faction of the govt., she must uncover the secrets surrounding her mysterious birth to discover who...and what...she is.

My thoughts: Wow.. I have read Inhuman last week and it still lingers with me. It is the kind of story that stays with you long after you have finished reading the book and put it back on the shelf. It is hard to find the words and do justice to the way Inhuman made me feel. Because isn't the ultimate goal of reading: to make us feel someway? Be it excitement, trepidation, thrill or joy, we read to experience these emotions. And Inhuman is certainly one novel which will take you on an extraordinary ride of emotional rollercoaster.

Inhuman is an emotionally unsettling, deep and moving novel. Danielle Lee's writing is exquisite. Through her narrator Cassia, the story flows freely and naturally, feeling more like a memoir with Cassia's honest and unguarded voice.

Cassia, Keanu and the other supporting characters are all interesting, well developed, flesh and blood characters. Cassia is a very sympathetic and reliable character the reader immediately identifies with her as she is such a typical, ordinary young girl. Her reactions and emotions are exactly as one would react were they in her shoes, and that is why the reader trusts Cassia's and her narration.

Though Inhuman is not a long novel, it is such a condensed, deep story that it packs more emotions and will elicit more reactions than most longer novels do.

The subtle philosophical/spiritual message is both unsettling and uplifting. Despite the gloomy and sad events in Inhuman, there is a beacon of hope that shines through and that elevates the novel from the dark despair it could fall down into. 

Verdict: An extraordinary read that will definitely provoke some thoughts and reflections. Beware though that it is not an easy read, there are scenes/mentions of rape, torture, mental and emotional abuse. The reason I haven't given it 5 stars is only becase it is an emotionally draining story and can't be re-read too often.

Plot: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Ending: 8/10
Writing: 9/10
Cover: 7/10

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