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Dark Inside

by Jeyn Roberts

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | September 4, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Dark Inside is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 12.
Four teens struggle to survive in an apocalyptic world gone mad in this “brilliant novel that is a fascinating blend between I Am Legend and The Hunger Games” (VOYA).

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 Aries, Clementine, Michael, and Mason 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: September 4, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442423528

ISBN - 13: 9781442423527

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I'm not one to read apocalyptic books because I hate anything to do with zombies and all that stuff, but this book was amazing! I couldn't put it down! I recommend this for anyone looking for a good thrill and interesting read!!!!!!
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from buckle up for one hell of an amazing ride (book) i haven't been intrigued, spooked or excited about a book since hunger games. dark inside grabs you literally from the beginning and never let's go. if you are not reading this....leave whatever you are doing and get it. roberts is an amazing writer she will throw you in a fun, suspenseful and heart pounding series. you will not be able to put it down. just read it all ready!!! love the ending omg is all i could think. thank goodness i bought the 2nd book while i was half through dark inside. you will be flying to your local book store. also bonus it is canadian. go canada! if there is no 3rd or 4th book i'm protesting simon & schuster.
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! Dark Inside was totally amazing. The characters were well described and their points of view were totally amazing. I felt as though I was really there with them or seeing it though there eyes. The plot, i found, was a little slow but the events really made up for it. I couldn't believe how the book was being described and how real and emotional everything was. It was so realistic and I really though I was there and living it. Totally Amazing.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not too shabby. Reading the reviews I was not sure what to expect from this book, some say it’s good some say it’s bad. I take a middle ground in saying that it is packed with fast paced action, interesting descriptions that might make your stomach turn and mediocre dialogue between characters. It was a fast and easy read and I was still hooked enough to want to get the second book. (Warning, rest may contain mild spoilers). I’m not a fan of books where there are multiple characters with each chapter, but I have to say that was an interesting quality of this book. Seeing the end of the world from different characters really makes you appreciate the horror the apocalypse is creating. Roberts’s purposeful lack of explanation as to why this is occurring is both frustrating and page-turning; you want to find out more about why the world is going so wrong and how it might all end. The lack of potential romance within the novel is disappointing. There are some hints toward possible relationships but all characters seem to be of mind that it is too dark of a time to fall in love. I think if the end of the world was occurring people, even teenagers like those in the book, would be trying to fool around more than not. It is understandable that many are strangers but as the book progresses connections are developed but the reader is left wanting more than just hints of potential intimacy. The introduction of the character “Nothing” is an interesting add on to the novel. It provides the reader with an understanding of the other characters world view (one of the ones responsible for the chaos). One draw back is at times the “Nothing” chapters, although respectfully brief, get somewhat repetitive. All together, I would rate this book a 3.5/5 total and 4/5 for its genre.
Date published: 2012-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unputdownable! Unputdownable isn't even a real word but it accurately discribes the feeling one gets when reading this most excellent book. I can't wait to read the next installment in the series.
Date published: 2012-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five Stars :) Lately post-apocalypse seems to be the most popular theme for teen fiction books-and as much as I love reading them, I'm wondering when I'll get sick of them. I started to think that maybe 'Dark Inside' is going to be just like all the other ones-but I couldn't have been more wrong! Jeyn Roberts writing style is so different from other authors, and personally, I love it! I started this book one morning, and couldn't put it down! The next night, I read more than half of it, staying up until 2:00am to finish it! As tired as I was, I just couldn't stop reading. I kept telling myself that after this chapter I go to sleep, but after a little while, I just told myself to shutup and I decided to finish it. Every chapter ends in suspense! It's hard to not keep reading! I know how hard post-apocalypse stories can be to write, but Jeyn did a great job compared to some other authors. I always seem to ask myself if what I'm reading makes sense, or if it's realistic or not. Most authors don't confront things like food, or water, hygiene, and the emotions that the characters are feeling. Jeyn Roberts was spot on-she had a great explanation for everything! This book encorporates everything from action, to romance, to comedy. To sum it all up, I rate it 5 stars! *****
Date published: 2012-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Darkness and Light I finally decided to buy Jeyn Robert’s debut Dark Inside because of Chandra over at Indigo Teen Blog. She wrote a list in December of her Teen Top Ten of 2011, which featured Dark Inside as number ten. I had heard about the novel earlier, but couldn’t decide if I wanted to pick it up or not. I put it on my Christmas list and was excited to see it appear under my tree. When I finally decided to read it, I was absolutely stunned. If you’re on the fence about this one just go to the book store and read the first chapter. I can guarantee that you’ll be walking out with it. One thing I found very fresh about this book was where it started. Normally in dystopian books, the novel starts out years after the apocalypse has happened after, for the most part, society has re-established itself. Dark Inside instead starts at the apocalypse. The world as we know it ends in the first few chapters. Instead of learning about this whole new world, we see our own be destroyed from four different points of view. It’s pretty shocking, and terrifying. These characters are in the exact situation each of us would be in if the apocalypse happened. They are simply trying to survive in a destroyed world. There are no rules and no guidelines, simply the fierce will to survive. Dark Inside is one of those books that keeps you thinking even after the book is put away. I found myself wondering what would happen if I, just like Aries, were sitting on a bus when it all happens. I started looking at my own life and wondering “could I survive the apocalypse?”. Because this book isn’t about fitting into this new way of living, it’s all about trying to live in a world surrounded by death. It is a frightening book because it doesn’t offer you an escape. In other dystopians, you can think that the world simply couldn’t end up that way, that there would events to make sure that wouldn’t happen in our world. But Dark Inside is our world. It is our world in ruins. One of the scariest parts of this book is the fact that humanity is destroying itself. The concept that people you love and care about could simply switch off one day and turn against you is one of the scariest parts of this book. The horror that, although natural disasters were the catalyst, it is humans that are destroying our world, drives this book. It's not for the faint of heart, let me tell you. It is very graphic in parts, and utterly disturbing. You will not be able to tear your eyes away. The characters in this book are fantastic. They are all brave in their own ways, and they all are forced to make impossible decisions. Aries has to be my favourite. She is a firecracker with a fierce will to survive, and unmatched courage. Aries is the person I would hope to be if ever faced with this situation. The rest of the characters have to deal with their own impossible tasks, and stare defiantly into the face of death. I admire them all for it. Dark Inside will surpass every expectation you have for it. It will scare you out of your mind, question your own will survive, and make you love every second you spend reading it. Simply fantastic. There is no better phrase to describe it. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for its sequel, RAGE WITHIN, out September 2012!
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVORITE READ OF 2011 I picked up The Dark Inside on a whim. I normally go for paranormal/romance teen books but something about this book called out to me (figuratively). I know post-apocalyptic books are really big right now but you will not find another one that compares to this. The book is told in the perspective of 4 different people and you find yourself truly caring about each character which is very rare for me. Jeyn Roberts did a phenomenal job at developing these characters into people you will root for. The action starts from the very first page and does not stop throughout the entire book. And for those romance junkies there is definitely enough to keep you satisfied and turning the pages. The only problem I had with this book was the ending. It came far too quickly and you just want to stay in the story as long as you can. This clearly is the first book in a series but it ends on a very good note so your not cursing the author for cutting it off to quickly. Once I put it down to go to sleep (after five hours) my mind was still haunted by everything I had just read. I know the author truly created something special when it sticks with me long after I stop reading. I normally don't take the time to write reviews for my favorite books but I had to share how I felt about Dark Inside. THE BEST BOOK OF 2011, possibly my favorite book in years. You will not be disappointed by this book.
Date published: 2011-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very creepy From the first few pages, Dark Inside had me hooked. I knew that I was in for one creepy read. Dark Inside takes you right into the heart of what can only be described as the apocalypse. It doesn't explain the world afterwards or how people moved on with their lives. It simply focuses on what is going on and what lengths people go to in order to survive. It's dark and it's gritty and it doesn't shy away from the gruesome things that may occur. Dark evil force aside, everything in this book seemed very believable. I was shocked, I was disgusted, I was on the edge of my seat. There were so many moments that had me holding my breath and peering out from behind my fingers. I love when a book can get me that consumed in a story. I have just one complaint and it's a very very small one. I found the ending slightly rushed and a little anti-climatic. I don't know what I was expecting exactly, but it just didn't match what I had planned in my head. This is probably my own fault more than anyone else's. Let me stress, there was nothing wrong with the ending. It suited the story and brought together all the storylines but it just didn't give me the satisfaction I wanted. This book is one that will be interesting for young adult and adult readers alike (but be warned there is quite a bit of violence). If you like adventure stories, that also touch on questions of humanity than make sure you add this book to your TBR pile. It's thoughtful and realistic and more than once it scared the pants off me. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books -- http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Post Apocolyptic Tale for YA The Good Stuff Loved it, could not put it down was even pissed at my Dr for being on time and making me have to put down the book Not stop action with lots of twists and turns, keeps you guessing Sort of reminds me of The Stand with teenagers - that's a good thing btw Great characters who develop nicely and have you cheering for them Apocalyptic, Dystopian style plot - which you may have guessed by now is a genre I very much reading about Good moral questions thrown in which could lead to some great discussions Some good humor thrown in to balance the darkness of the storyline Mason sort of reminds me of Larry Underwood from the Stand Canadian settings Enjoyed the scene with Twiggy - it was sorta darkly twisted, but kinda finny The Not so Good Stuff It just sort of ends - expected a better ending, but I understand there is going to be a sequel - if so than the end isn't that bad A little too descriptive at times with the killing -- especially mentioning the killing of children -- I'm a Mom, that sort of thing is tough for me to have to read I know its picky but many of the female characters act rather stereotypical at times with men having to save them -- would have liked a little more kick a**ness (yes I know its not a word) from them Favorite Quotes/Passages "Warning signs left behind in the ruins of ancient civilization have been misinterpreted. The sins of mankind are always to blame. But who would have guessed it would be so gray? so empty? "I specialized in downfall, the destruction of societies. As you can imagine, this whole event has caused quite a stir in my attention span. "I guess I can't complain," she said. "I've been living off Oreos and Goldfish crackers since the whole thing started. I think I've drank enough Red Bull to last a lifetime. And I don't even like Red Bull. It tastes like cow pee." Michael laughed. "You're a connoisseur of fine tastes. However will you survive this apocalypse?" Who should/shouldn't read Fans of Dystopian or Apocalyptic fiction will enjoy not for the sensitive - there is a lot of violent acts and some written in great detail 4.25 Dewey's I received this from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Than Just Y.A. Dark Inside is a post-apocalyptic story following four teenagers in different regions of Canada and the US. Each of the four have managed to survive the initial outbreak, and are fighting to stay alive at all costs in a world where much of the population has succumbed to an ancient evil that brings out the most violent and sadistic parts of human nature, and most of the rest of society has fallen victim to the wanton killing. The characters that Jeyn Roberts has crafted in Dark Inside feel real. They are flawed, they are coming to terms with the loss of everything that they know, and they want to survive. It’s the believability of these characters that makes Dark Inside so engrossing. It’s one of those books that once you start you don’t want to stop, even for sleep. You want to keep going, you need to know who makes it out alive, and what waits for them at the end. To me, the sign of a truly great book is the readers inability to put it down and with Dark Inside, Jeyn Roberts has achieved greatness. This is one of those rare YA books that transcends the genre to appeal to a much wider range of readers. I honestly can’t believe that this is Roberts’ first novel, and I’m dying to see what she does next. Dark Inside is available on November 1, 2011, and if I were you, I’d run out and grab a copy as soon as you can!
Date published: 2011-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a page turner! 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 Dystopian novel, you’ll love Dark Inside.
Date published: 2011-07-13

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Dark Inside

Dark Inside

by Jeyn Roberts

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 in

Published: September 4, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442423528

ISBN - 13: 9781442423527

About the Book

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 inNor rather, trying to survive.

Read from the Book

NOTHING

I’m standing at the edge of existence. Behind me, a thousand monsters descend. Their disguises change with each stride.

When they look in a mirror do they see their true selves?

Arms open wide. In front of me is nothing. No one ever knew how existence would end. Sure, they made assumptions: fire, flood, plague, etc. They studied the skies for locusts and watched for rain. They built their cities, destroyed the forests, and poisoned the water. Warning signs left behind in the ruins of ancient civilizations have been misinterpreted. The sins of mankind are always to blame. But who would have guessed it would be so gray? So empty.

Is there really a way back?

Hello? Is there anyone there?

Sorry, wrong number.

There are too many thoughts to cover in such little time. I knew they would find me. I’m glowing in the moonlight. My darkness was too bright to hide forever. They find all of us eventually. They play the odds, and they’re up a thousand to one.

In front of me is nothing. No bright lights, no darkness. No energy. Just nothing.

There is no future because we no longer have a past. Our present is devised of basic survival, and it’s about to end.

They have made sure of that.

I am Nothing.

I am existence.

I am pain.

I kneel down in the dirt and write some of my last words. I’d speak them, but there is no one left to listen.

GAME OVER

© 2011 Jeyn Roberts

From the Publisher

Four teens struggle to survive in an apocalyptic world gone mad in this “brilliant novel that is a fascinating blend between I Am Legend and The Hunger Games” (VOYA).

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 Aries, Clementine, Michael, and Mason 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.

About the Author

Jeyn Roberts’s first story was published in a middle-grade anthology called Let Me Tell You when she was sixteen. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in writing and psychology and received her MA from the prestigious creative writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier, and tree planter. She lives in Canada.

Editorial Reviews

“Amidst the recent glut of doomsday scenarios, Roberts makes her story stand out by focusing both on the physical challenges of finding safety in a world gone mad as well as the psychological devastation experienced by each of the teens. The terror of seeing friends suddenly transformed into monsters is keenly felt, but it is the teens’ disillusionment with themselves, and particularly their ability or willingness (or lack thereof) to lead that is most affecting. … Readers looking to prepare themselves for the end of the world might do well to start here.”--BCCB