Title: Rage Within (Dark Inside #2)
Author: Jeyn Roberts
On the Shelves: Young Adult> Post-Apocalyptic
In this apocalyptic sequel to Dark Inside’s “well-balanced, realistic suspense” (Kirkus Reviews), four teens continue the struggle for survival as they face a world gone mad.
Aries, Clementine, Mason and Michael have survived the first wave of the apocalypse that wiped out most of the world’s population, and turned many of the rest into murderous Baggers. Now, they’re hiding out in an abandoned house in Vancouver with a ragtag group of surviving teens, and trying to figure out their next move.
Aries is trying to lead, but it’s hard to be a leader when there are no easy answers, and every move feels wrong. Clementine is desperate to find her brother Heath, but it’s impossible to know where he’d be, even if he is still alive. Michael is still haunted by the memories of his actions during his harrowing struggle to survive. And Mason is struggling with something far worse: the fear that he may be a danger to his friends.
As the Baggers begin to create a new world order, Aries, Clementine, Mason and Michael will have to trust and rely on each other in order to survive? (Goodreads 2014)
My initial first reaction upon finishing this book involved going to the author’s page and seeing that, at this moment in time, there is no third book. GAH. While I suppose it is more realistic to give the series an open ending where anything can happen to those who have survived so far, it is very frustrating to not get the sense that at least the characters you grow attached to are safe and will live, but I guess that would never be true for a post-apocalyptic novel?
Rage Within picks up 3 months after the initial events in Dark Inside, however it first gives you an insight to three weeks before the quakes, which provides a better character insight as to how they were living before the events. The group are in Vancouver, mainly there looking for Clementine’s brother, Heath. And something more sinister is happening- the Baggers have formed some sort of order out of the chaos and are trawling around in white vans like the child catcher from chitty chitty bang bang claiming that all citizens should report to a specific area for “safety and guidance”- it isn’t fooling anybody. Well, not anybody in the group anyway. The plot of the sequel is very much like the first book: don’t trust anyone, don’t turn your back and don’t blink- oh wait, that’s doctor who. But you get the idea, everyone is out to get them and they have nowhere to hide.
I really enjoyed the characters in this series, even with the pointless love triangle (which, if I’m honest, I hardly paid any attention to, because I didn’t care.), the characters themselves are enjoyable and realistic. This is one of the best post-apocalyptic series I’ve read and I’m going to be staring at goodreads waiting for a potential third novel to be announced. Because I need answers!!