Title: Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1)
Author: Jeyn Roberts
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover, 329 pages
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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 everyday 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 an intense and bloody thrill ride. This book is packed with heart stopping action from the very first page straight through to the last, you just can't put it down. With relatable characters and true to life scenarios this book scared the friggin pants off me. I was up all night, not reading, just trying to stop jumping at every stupid little noise. You know a story has impact when your wondering if your neighbors have turned into bloodthirsty killing machines.
The story has a 28 days later feel, but even scarier is the fact that the people in this version don't turn into mindless zombies. Jeyn Roberts' monster retain their problem solving skills, meaning no matter where you go, they'll find you. They can even trick you into thinking they haven't been affected and pounce when your back is turned. So how could I not be awed by the iron will her characters have and the hope they refuse to lose. Four teenagers who have lost everything, the whole world turned to chaos around them, and yet they still push forward searching for safety. This is literally the definition of me against the world.
If you haven't noticed already, I love this book. Everything about it. The people, the fast paced plot, the insanity that this could actually happen, the foreboding feeling that lingers while you read it. I've even wondered if maybe her theory about the fall of these ancient civilization is dead on. If you like dystopian you should definitely read this. It isn't post-apocalyptic, it IS the apocalypse, so definitely something you'd enjoy. Jeyn Roberts made a killer debut with this book and I am pining for more of her work. 5 out of 5, obviously.