Series: Dark Inside, #1
Author: Jeyn Roberts
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
I've had Dark Inside on my reading list for a while now, but I've been back and forth with if I should read this one. I do love me a good dystopian world to get lost in, I was; however, unsure if I would be able to really enjoy this one.
“I knew they would find me. I'm glowing in the moonlight.My darkness was too bright to hide forever. They'll find all of us eventually. They play the odds and they're up a thousand to one.”
I am very happy I finally picked this one up! The world was beyond scary (I'm not a fan of scary anything: movies, books, games etc.), but I do love a book that'll keep me on my toes and wrap me up in a suspenseful bubble. Dark Inside did all that and much more. The detail was gory and the violence of the world hypnotizing. I love when dystopian books don't sugarcoat the horror of a world gone mad and I felt that Roberts did do a great job at showing how toe-curling scary, frightening, and violent her world was. Though I do admit, I was pretty scared (made sure my doors were locked and my curtains closed) while reading this one.
The characters were very diverse and I loved that she gave so many perspectives. Each character had their own situations and their own experiences. I enjoyed watching how they each reacted to the world around them and what was happening. I felt that each one came off as real and I enjoyed watching their transitions throughout the book by the developing horrors of their world.
However, I did have a bit of a time keeping them all separated and not confuse them or their situations. I've always had a hard time when a handful of characters are introduced, but, like always, it didn't take long before I was able to keep them all "untangled" in my head. The book was also told in third person and I'm actually not a big fan of third person perspective. But I was able to get lost in the environment, the world, and the characters. I did wish that the book had more detail of what/how [it] was happening. I also wanted more action/movement of the characters. But that's all personal preference on my part.
I enjoyed the transitions between characters and I liked how Roberts handled each character and their reactions to the world (as I have mentioned). Again, I just loved the world that Roberts created though I want more as to why and how. I definitely can't wait to see what is going to happen next to the characters and the world. I do recommend this series to lovers of scary dystopians!“I knew they would find me. I'm glowing in the moonlight.My darkness was too bright to hide forever. They'll find all of us eventually. They play the odds and they're up a thousand to one.”