Title: Dark Inside (#1)
Author: Jeyn Roberts
On the Shelves: Young Adult> Post-Apocalyptic.
Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…and now us. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies. This is the world Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael are living in–or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is traveling the same road in a world gone mad. Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey into the heart of darkness–and to find each other and a place of safety (Goodreads 2014)
It isn’t that often you come across a book in the Young Adult section, which is so intense that many scenes have you sitting on the edge of your seat, and compulsively turning the pages. It’s even rarer when exactly the same thing happens again, when you are re-reading the book two years later, and you are still sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering what comes next- that is exactly what happened with this book. I will say the word “Intense” in this review a low, because it is the only way I can describe this book accurately.
Robert’s Dark Inside is set around the time when the apocalypse breaks out- and more importantly, what comes after the apocalypse. There is no warning, no weather signs, no hints. Suddenly, in the middle of an ordinary day, massive earthquakes occur all over the globe, wiping out hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions. Unfortunately, those who are killed by these incidents, happen to be the lucky ones.
Because the ones who are left behind have to survive what is coming. It becomes clear that something has infected humanity, although nobody knows what. It becomes a fight for survival as it becomes a rare thing to be “human”, and those who are human are hunted 24/7 by those who are infected, often tortured and killed. These beings are ones who heard voices weeks before the events, who knew something was coming, but kept it quiet because of their “hidden potential”. Huh, I guess there was a warning after all?
Fair warning, this book can be a little gory, for those of you with a weak stomach. But Roberts writes so well, that even if you don’t like gore, you will probably get sucked into this book. There are a couple of scenes where I was literally holding my breath, because it gets that intense. The scene where Clementine is hiding in the barn has me on edge every time.
I re-read this in preparation for finally reading the sequel “Rage within”, because I couldn’t remember the exact events of the book after two years but for those of you who enjoy post-apocalyptic or survival stories with strong, well-written characters and intense scenes, this is right up your street!