Author: Jeyn Roberts
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published: 2nd September 2011(Macmillen)
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?
Dark Inside is a really creepy tale which has many similarities to a zombie story, except the 'monsters' aren't zombies at all. The world suffers from several massive earthquakes, resulting in a large proportion of the population going crazy. They're evil, violent killers and the book follows some of the survivors and how they deal with what is happening around them.
The narration of the book is really effective in making you feel like you're really there with the characters as they hide out and just try to survive, not knowing if any of the 'blaggers' are watching them, waiting to attack. The story switches between various different characters' view points which helps keep the story flowing and gives a wider view on what's happening in different places. The only slight issue I had with this was that to start with I had a little trouble remembering what had happened to who. A small gripe in an otherwise excellent book and certainly not enough to stop me from recommending it.