Review: Rage Within by Jeyn Robertson September 14th, 2012
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Aries, Clementine, Michael, and Mason 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 fellow teen survivors, 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, assuming he’s alive. Michael is 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, these four teens will have to trust and rely on each other in order to survive.
You can read my review for Dark Inside HERE.
Why?! Why did the book have to end?!
This series is like crack for me. I crave the next book, I’m on an unbelievable high while reading it, I crash and get depressed when I finish it, and then the cycle starts all over. This can’t be healthy. I don’t care, though. I NEED more! Rage Within was my number one most anticipated book of 2012. Oh boy, was it worth the agony of waiting.
Okay, so I’ve wrote and rewrote this review a number of times, but it never seemed right. I want to tell you so much, yet I don’t want to spoil anything. I could seriously talk for days about this book, and how amazingly effed up it is. Days later I still often think about it. I’m even reluctant to start a new book because I don’t want to lose the feelings I have from Rage Within. That sounds weird, but it’s true.
Rage Within starts three weeks before the apocalypse, giving a glimpse into some of the incidents that led up to the earthquakes. It’s a small section, but it still has quite an impact. Then the book jumps back to three months after the apocalypse, where the remaining “normal” people are trying to survive, and avoid being killed by Baggers. Rage Within wasn’t as creepy as Dark Inside, but it was still high on the creep-o-meter. It’s starting to get harder to tell who to trust in the new world, and the Baggers are getting organized. They are just as psycho as ever, but it was interesting to get a little more insight on them and their agenda.
The majority of the story is still told from the perspectives of Aries, Clementine, Mason, Michael, and the Nothing. I know I said this about Dark Inside, but it goes for this book, too… this is how alternating point-of-views should be done. Roberts does an excellent job with this, and I’m even more appreciative of her skills after reading too many books that just don’t pull it off well.
In addition to the five main characters mentioned above, there are some new secondary characters introduced in this book. The one that really steals the show is Raj, a hilarious chemistry student. He comes across as a little annoying at first, but it doesn’t take long to completely adore the guy. Not to mention his chemistry knowledge comes in quite handy. Of course, there are losses. Lots of losses. That’s one of the great things about this series, no one is safe in the new world, and that takes a major toll on peoples’ psyche.