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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dark Inside (Book 1) by Jeyn Roberts

Genre: Fiction/YA/Apocalyptic/Thriller/Horror
Release: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 1, 2011)
Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
Buy the Book: Amazon

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.

Holy smokes! Its been awhile since I've read something YA and something apocalyptic and wow I just realized how I miss it. I was so lost and confused as the characters in the book. An earthquake with a magnitude of epic proportions rocked the whole world, naturally ALOT of people died, The West Coast was wiped out (maybe I should move?), electronic communications - non-existent and then people started killing people. Have you seen the movie, The Crazies? It reminds me greatly of that movie although this book clearly is not the cause of some bio-weapon that the military accidentally dropped. The reason on why? how? and who? unleased such form of disease is still not clear. Sure there were clues of supernatural force and some reference about how the former great civilizations died but there was no concrete answer from the author. I approve, why reveal the mystery so soon? Keep the readers hungry for more, it is a great strategy.

The premise and ambitious, I am sure some people already rolled their eyes and thought of the whole thing as ridiculous and decided that this book is not for them. But I have decided to see this series through and am dying for the release of book 2 this September. I do have an issue, is this really acceptable for a YA? For a 14 year old? be warned that the book have some serious violence and graphic scenes of people killing people. But after the James Holmes Dark Knight massacre, I am seriously rethinking everything that has to do with violence in film, books and video games.

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