Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster.
Pages: 336.
Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it’s our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everday people into hunters, killers, crazies.

Mason's mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she’s about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the bystanding crowd.

Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness – but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.

Dark Inside is, simply put, one of the most messed up books I have ever read. But I mean this in the best way possible. It's chocked full of horrifying brutality, gruesome violence and lots and lots of depression, but I still found this novel freakishly entertaining.

There are no zombies in this book. I feel like that's a big misconception surrounding this title. What happens to the people in this book is almost exactly like the movie The Crazies; regular people turn into monstrous, murdering machines. It's oddly strange and terrifying to have humanity be the villain and it made this book so, so scary. I wish the relation to the earthquakes and the reasoning as to why everything was happening was a bit clearer. It seemed to be touched on occasionally, but I don't recall ever getting a clear explanation.

I was a bit concerned about how I'd feel about the alternating point of views between five characters. It bothered me at one point because I found myself only caring about one of the characters but I had to trudge through all of these other stories as well. As I continued to read, that annoyance went away completely. And once the characters unite, I feel like the entire novel comes together.

Overall, Dark Inside is a fast-paced, terrifying thrill ride of murder and adventure that will keep you awake into the long hours of the night. (Simon & Schuster had the right idea about that. Have some coffee handy because it will scare you hyper!) I definitely recommend this to those in the mood for something edgy, thrilling and intense!

Other reviews for Dark Inside:
Dark Side of the Covers.
Dark Readers.


  1. Edgy, thrilling and intense is just what I'm looking for. This book is scaring me a bit since it sounds so scary but I want it even more now. Thanks for the great review :)

  2. This sounds fantastic. I wasn't sure at first because the cover puts me off of it a little, but I'll definitely make sure to pick it up soon now.

  3. 5 POVs? That's an impressive feat. Nice to hear it's well done. Definitely checking it out.

  4. I went to her book launch in Vancouver (http://angelhorn.com/2011/11/04/jeyn-roberts-dark-inside/) She seemed so NORMAL! I'm scared to read this book.

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