17 November 2012

Review: Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1) by Jeyn Roberts

Published: 2 September 2011 by Macmillan

Pages: 368 (hardcover)

Genre/s: Young Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

Source: Own library

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Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs...and now us. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it's turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies. This is the world Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael are living in--or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is traveling the same road in a world gone mad. Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey into the heart of darkness--and to find each other and a place of safety.

My Thoughts

It took me about three hours to read Dark Inside - although I was tired, grumpy and a little hungover, I couldn't stop. This is the ultimate in 'one more chapter' reading.

Firstly, and most importantly, Dark Inside is not a zombie novel. It's a wonderful mix of paranormal post-apocalyptic action - from the first chapter I was completely hooked. Focused on four main characters with a cast of unforgettable secondary characters, it begins with a bang and just doesn't slow down, all the way through.

All four characters are incredibly different, but all either likable or easy to sympathise with. Aries is a strong female character with brains, Mason is the guilt-ridden survivor, Clementine is the ditz who survives despite her naive ideas and action and Michael is thrust into a world that grows increasingly dark by the minute but manages to keep his head above water. And then there's Nothing - the character that knows all about the dark, but doesn't reveal more than small glimpses of him, or her, self whilst keeping up with our un-merry little band of survivors.

Of the secondary characters I particularly loved Chickadee with her infectious energy and I loved to hate Colin. It takes a special character for me to hate them so much I'm hoping for their downfall.

The world-building grabbed me immediately - with terrifyingly real earthquakes, attacks on schools and small towns are just the beginning, as those people infected with 'the darkness' begin to hunt in packs, terrorising the few remaining humans who are are not infected. The descriptions of the earthquake and several other events are so terrifying in their reality I was literally on the edge of my sofa.

There's no faulting the pacing of Dark Inside. It is literally a rollercoaster that I didn't want to get off - so much that I went and bought the second book, Rage Within, when I was only halfway through Dark Inside, because I knew I wanted to have the next book ready.

If you love fast-paced books with excellent characterisation, where the secrets of the apocalypse are tantalisingly dangled in front of you, read Dark Inside. I can't believe I waited this long to read it!


  1. Wow! This sounds like a great it! I love the cover and after reading your review, I'd like to read the book. Great review! :D I love the "oh just one more chapter" books. :P

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  2. Oh wow! I bought this one a few months ago. Guess it means I seriously have to pick it up!

    Emma @Boekenzee

  3. Yesssssssssssssssssssss. SCORE! I can't believe I waited so long to experience it, too. SO GOOD!

  4. YAY! You've loved it. Me too! Although sometimes it was too cryptic for me. Awesome review, Kat! We all need to read book #2 now!

  5. Oh wow a 3 hour read, that's awesome. This sounds like one that sucks you in and spits you out at the end, which I totally love. I have never seen this cover for it, I like! Great review!

  6. Oh man, I guess I should read this. I've had an ARC since 2011 (oops), but it didn't look that great to me, honestly. Now that I know how quick and awesome it is, it needs to happen!



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