Monday, December 12, 2011

Book Review: Dark Inside by: Jeyn Roberts

Goodreads Summary:

Four teenagers on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found. THE DARK INSIDE is a stunning, cinematic thriller: 28 DAYS LATER meets THE ROAD. 

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 worse is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, hooking on to weakness, turning the unwary into hunters, killers, crazies. 

Mason: His 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. Everyone he knows is killed. 

Aries: A school bus, an aftershock and a crash. Pulled out of the wreckage by a mysterious stranger, she’s about to discover a world changed forever.

Clementine: An emergency meeting at the town hall that descends into murderous chaos. Outside the rest of their community encircle with weapons. How can those you trust turn into savage strangers? 

Michael: A brutal road rage incident. When the police arrive on the scene they gun down the guilty and turn on the by-standing crowd. Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad?

My Review:

ReadingNook Rating: 4 out 5 stars

As soon as I heard the premise of this book, I knew I needed to read it. I love post-apocaliptic books, as well as dystopian and natural disaster storys, and this book was a culmination of all of that. An earthquake of epic proportions occurs, but the aftermath is where the real devasation begins, when people start turning into killing-machines that they name the baggers with black veins in their eyes that kill everyone in their paths.

This is not a pretty story at all, its graphic, at times a bit disturbing, but its fast-paced, action-packed, and extremely hard to put down. It's been compared to 28 days later, which is a zombie-movie that I LOVED, and I agree that it had that same kind of feel.

The story follows 4 different main characters, and while sometimes in the beginning I felt it a bit confusing as to what happened to who, it became a bit easier towards the middle of the story and pieced together nicely, and I do enjoy books that have multiple points of view because I feel like you can always find at least one character that you can relate too.

This book raises the age old question of humanity, and what us as humans are really capable of when put in an end-of-the-world, survival-of-the-fittest type scenerio. How far would people really go to survive or save those that are their worlds (family, friends, lovers, etc.)

If your looking for a fast-paced, page turner of a dystopian, you should give this book a try. It was promising, and was a great book, and just what I wanted to read at the time that I picked this book up.

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