Review: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

November 6, 2011 Uncategorized 9

TitleDark Inside
Author:  Jeyn Roberts
Pub Date:  November 1, 2011
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Source:  Publisher

Description from Goodreads 

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.

Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  How do I thoroughly express how this book made me feel?  I can’t.  Dark Inside is one of those books that seriously got to me.  I wasn’t even going to read this book, and I am so glad I changed my mind at the last minute.  I started reading it around 11pm and could not stop until 2am. It was such an intense book, that my neck and shoulders were sore from being so tensed up.  I don’t think any zombie apocalypse can compare to something like this.  There is something so much more disturbing about regular people turning on one another and hunting their neighbors, friends, and families.

The story was told from five different point-of-views, and Roberts did this perfectly.  I actually prefer alternating POVs throughout a book, but only when it’s done well.  The five POVs are of Mason, Aries, Clementine, Michael, and the anonymous Nothing.  They don’t know each other, they are all in different areas of America and Canada, but they all experience the change that occurs.  And they all experience it in their own frightening way. They are some of the few who do not become violent, and must survive without getting killed by the people who are no longer themselves.  I liked all the main characters in their own unique way, but I kind of had a soft spot for Clementine.  She was on her own, with no one to watch her back for most of the time, but she never gave up.

Roberts did such a wonderful job of making me feel the constant fear and fatigue that the characters felt.  When I took a break from the book to get a drink, it was seriously hard to pull my mind from “being there.”  I think this is the first book in a long time that truly freaked me out.  And I read quite a bit of horror.  This …. this was more scary in a psychological way.  For me, anyway.  In my opinion, that’s what makes it so great.

I don’t even know what else to say about this book, except READ IT!  Dark Inside is no doubt one of my favorite books of 2011.

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9 Responses to “Review: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts”

  1. Rebecca

    Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I absolutely loved it as well and for all of the reasons you just mentioned. I agree with everything you just said in your review! Definitely an awesome review!

  2. Janiera

    Wow I need to put this on my to-read list. It sounds like it is really new and different from the ordinary zombie books. Thanks for the review it really made me want to read it.

  3. Ron C. Nieto

    Oh… this one sounds like my favorite kind of horror: the kind that you understand, the kind that could actually happen. I love this kind of exploration of human nature -actually, and this is my secret, I love hard fantasy so much precisely because it explores reactions and situations in a context far removed from the conventions that would otherwise condition the reactions…

    Ahem. Yes. Rambling. So… I'll definitely want to check this out for my next “psicological” read! Thanks for sharing

    Ron @ Stories of my life

  4. Missie

    Yikes! I don't know if I've be able to handle this book. It sounds pretty vicious! But if it was the type of story that was hard to put down, that says a lot.

    Awesome review!

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