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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Dark Inside #1
Young Adult
Pages: 329
Genre: Apocalyptic, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Format: Online Novel
Source: Pulse It

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.

*I received this novel as a digital read from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

There are people whom I know or that I have seen that bash YA books for being "to morbid" or "to violent" or "to dark" or "kids shouldn't read this because the content is too mature for teenagers." Well, if you're someone who's like that then just leave this review because Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts was a fantastic novel of teenagers going through the drastic change as humanity crumbles before them like the earthquakes that rock the plant.

The pace of the book drew me in from the start. Ms. Roberts brings the action to the first chapter and keeps pumping every cent of it through to the remaining pages. You watch five teens strip from their clothes of normalcy and step into a world of survival where humanity is put to the test. Everything about this premise just excited me; the characters survival kept my eyes glued to my computer screen, and the mystery of who Nothing is during his scenes of the book. I have my own inferences but I am dying to find out.

Dark Inside doesn't cover up anything, what you read is what you get. Graphic details disgusting scenes, raw emotions. These things I enjoy in YA novels, to see the other sides of characters, a more prominent and realistic view to the fight of human nature and humanity. The adoration I had towards this novel was somewhat like what I had to Mike Mullin's Ashfall, another novel that should be check out. The intensity sparked through the characters showed a hidden side to YA literature.

Dark Inside is definitely a novel worthy of being purchased for anyone that happens to be a fan of Mike Mullin or just adventure involving paranormal induced humans destroying everything on God's green Earth. Either way, you're likely to enjoy the world that Jeyn Roberts had created.

First Line: I'm standing at the edge of existence.

Story: S

Cover: A