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Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

June 16th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: November 1, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Series: Book #1 in the Dark Inside series

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

Reading the synopsis this sounded like a great book and I couldn’t wait to find out what this ancient evil was.  The execution was somewhat lacking for me as the story is told from the POVs of four different characters.  Granted it’s been a few weeks since I’ve read this but even while reading a lot of the characters blended together.  I had to remind myself which one had the dead mother and which one ran when his companions most needed (or was that the same guy?).  For the girls I know one gets peed on while hiding from the crazies and the other one insists on making friends with a creepy guy who obviously knows more than he reveals.

Each POV had some scenes that were interesting in that they were a lot darker than I had been expecting but a lot of it was predictable.  Slight spoiler here but nothing really important…at one point one of the characters meets an old man on crunches wandering around in a city full of killers and yet let’s his guard down and goes with him to his apartment.  As I was reading I kept thinking “seriously?  Are you that dumb?!”.  Of course it almost gets him killed.

Other parts didn’t really make much sense like at one point some of the characters make it to a dorm where an apparently normal guy is living there like nothing’s gone wrong.  He mentions the people who have gone crazy and on a murdering rampage have come through to grab people but left him alone.  I think it’s supposed to be this guy has the potential to be evil but isn’t quite there yet?

When the four characters finally meet it seems so random and forced that it just didn’t work for me.  There are a lot of unanswered questions in the end that have me curious to read the next book but it’s not at the top of my list.

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