Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
(Excerpt from Goodreads) 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?
We start the story with a huge earthquake on the west coast that frees a darkness that makes the evil thoughts in people come to light. Most people turn into crazed, murderous people that came to be called Baggers. The few people that remain themselves are most likely killed by the Baggers although a few have managed to survive.
The story follows four teenagers; Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael. After Mason’s mother dies he is afraid of the emptiness and rage in him. He decides to go to Vancouver where he was happy at one time. Aries meets Daniel and is warned that things are going to get worse. She gets a group of kids from school together and they try to survive the Baggers.
Clementines parents are killed and she decides to make the journey west to Seattle where her brother is attending college. And Michael survives with a businessman after the police prove that they cannot maintain the peace.
I really liked this story. I was hooked from page one, couldn’t put it down, and finished it in one day. I like how people are portrayed in an apocalyptic world. Although they are affected by the darkness, they are portrayed, as many people would act normally. I also like how the survivors have to do what needs to be done to survive, it’s not murder it’s survival. I liked how the book ended yet it has the possibility of having additional books.
If you like apocalyptic stories, you will like this. Although the characters are around seventeen years of age, it will appeal to everyone. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this book for free from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab in exchange for an honest review.