Dark Inside

Dark Inside

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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 more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everday people into hunters, killers, crazies.

Mason's 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, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she's about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the bystanding crowd.

Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness - but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 150 x 213 x 29mm | 413g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 144242351X
  • 9781442423510
  • 754,847

Review quote

Roberts...masterfully [keeps] suspense high as the teens search for food, clothing and hiding places while fighting off attacks. The simple details of survival, such as living without electricity and refrigeration, fascinate as much as the fight scenes. Overall, a spirit of optimism wins through the post-apocalyptic despair. The four separate threads share enough common elements that, although distinct, they merge into a coherent narrative. Well-balanced, realistic suspense.--Kirkus Reviews
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Rating details

8,904 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 35% (3,138)
4 34% (3,012)
3 21% (1,895)
2 7% (581)
1 3% (278)

Our customer reviews

The world has had enough. It wants to rid the earth of humans. One day an earthquake rips across the world and causes mass casualties. The enemy in this book is not vampires, werewolves, or ghosts. It is the people themselves. The Evil that creeps into each and every person’s mind causes normal human beings to rip and tear their own flesh and blood. Each chapter is dedicated to four Canadian teenagers: Michael, Clementine, Aries and Mason. We follow along as each character is torn between being normal and being evil. I practically devoured it in one sitting! There’s a lot of action, and a lot of moral questions I found myself asking: What if this happened to me right now? Would I be the leader that would help the other survivors? Would I be as strong as these characters fighting to the death to stay sane and to stay alive? I loved every bit of it and I quite enjoyed reading about Canadian cities for once. Trust me, if you enjoy any post-apocalyptic novel, you’ll love Dark Inside.show more
by Giselle SM
I'm a first-time reviewer, so I'm sorry if this review is really crappy. Anyway, I recently finished reading Dark Inside and I found it quite the interesting take on any post-apocalyptic story I've ever read/watched. Humans turning on humans? The darkest parts of ourselves revealed? Those little, sinister voices in the back of our head taking over our minds? Aside from all that, I really like the bloodshot eyes - but wait, the veins aren't red, they're black! Really cool idea. I enjoyed how Roberts gave us each point of view of the main characters in their own separate chapters. The suspense was very, very good and I often found myself surprised by the turn of events. All together, this books is very well written and I enjoyed. I recommend for anyone looking for a good, suspenseful, post-apocalyptic, storyline.show more
by Kyla
Dark Inside is probably one of the darkest books that I have ever read. I usually write my reviews right after finishing, but this time, I just couldn't. I still can't really decide how I feel about this book. Most parts of me could not put it down, but I just couldn't let myself, I had to know how the characters fared and I couldn't stop until I finished. The last chapter really confused me and I wish that it wasn't there, because everything I thought I understood kinda disappeared, and I would have been fine stopping just before. But the "nothing" chapters didn't really do much for me, so maybe that is why. The fear is really palpable, and the characters all are truly survivors, regardless. I have to admire and hold onto hope with them, no matter what keeps happening around them. The only complaint I have is with the multiple perspectives, I didn't feel like I was in the characters heads long enough to completely keep straight what happened to who, and I had to flip on more than one occasion to their previous chapter to remind myself. This is definitely for mature teens and those who can handle dark themes and some gore.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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