Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1) by Jeyn Roberts



Title:  Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1)
Author:  Jeyn Roberts
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Published:  May 24, 2011
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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.

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Although I was tied up with other reading obligations, I bought Dark Inside after it came highly recommended by Christy's Love of Books. I told myself I would NOT begin reading it until I had taken care of all the things on my to-do list. But then, I decided to take just one little peek to see how it started out. Before I knew it, I was turning the last page and scrambling to buy book two, Rage Within. This is not a read-a-little-here-and-there kind of book.  This book consumed me, and I still haven’t been able to think about anything else. It is exciting and thought-provoking and will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about humanity.

Dark Inside is the gripping journey of four teens separately vying to stay alive in the disorder and chaos of the world that once was, eventually leading them to one another, unifying them in their fight for survival.

I love multiple POV’s, but this is probably my favorite example of how brilliantly multiple perspectives can be written. There are four main voices in Dark Inside: Michael, Mason, Aries and Clementine; and, for the first time while reading a book, I have a hard time choosing a favorite character because they are all so incredible.

The chilling voice of “Nothing” is a particular point of view that left me with goosebumps and more suspicions than I could count:


“They know we’re here. They’re coming for us. 
What lies beneath has pushed its way to the surface once again. 
Time to get away while there is still air left in our lungs. 
But they will still come.”

And, although I included this particular quote in my Teaser Tuesday last week, it is worthy of another mention:

“I want to stop. I want someone to help me. Help me, before I kill her.”

Feel those little hairs standing up on the back of your neck? Darlings, I haven’t even scratched the surface.

Amazing writing; wonderful, mesmerizing characters; and an unbelievably intense and thrilling ride have made Dark Inside my favorite post-apocalyptic read this year.

“We carved our names in the fallen tree. Our tiny mark.
  Our proof that we still desired life. 
We would not go gently into that great night.”

Now, I really must fulfill some of those obligations before I begin Rage Within. Well… maybe just one little peek…

chelesiggy

29 comments:

  1. I'm SO HAPPY you loved it!! lol - I already know how that one little peek in Rage Within turned out. <3

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    1. Hahaha! Yes you do!! And it was totally worth missing a night of sleep to stay up and read it! Love, love, love this series!! Best rec EVER!! <3

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  2. gr8 review cheles . i loved this book

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    1. Thank you, roro! I'm so happy you loved it too! <3

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  3. Wow, this book sounds extraordinary! Thank you alerting us about this one with your brilliant review, love. :) I love multiple POVs because it provides a larger scope of the story, and since the characters sounds so intriguing, I simply KNOW this book is meant for me. Already added this to my TBR list. ;)

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    1. Oh, Leanne, it is!! I can't wait for you to read it and I hope you'll love it as much as I do! Thank you, darling! <3

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  4. I *really* want to read these books now. Good for you for tossing the obligations and reading them both!

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    1. Hahaha - thank you! I'm becoming quite good at tossing obligations ;) Hope you can read them soon and that you'll love them as much as I do! :D

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  5. I really must start this soon! After your thoughts and Christy's, there's no way I can ignore it now. :D The multiple perspectives sound like they are done well, which is good to hear. Brilliant review, darling!

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    1. Awwwww, thank you, Sam!! I want you to read this so badly!! I think you will love it, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts! <3

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  6. Crap, i saw Christy's review too, and added both to my wishlist, now you have my finger twitched to search, click, buy, confirm. I too have obligations but this book has so many elements I LOVE..eep! Awesome review. Have you considered changing your blog name to "The Book Pusher"..lol!

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    1. Hahahaha! I HEART you, Kimba! Yessss, doooo it!! Search, click, buy, confirm! Shirk those responsibilities and read Dark Inside!!! Push books? Meeee? <3

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  7. Wow! I don't think I've ever heard of Dark Inside before, but it sounds awesome. I love a book that can consume me. So happy you loved this. Nice review!

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! I hope you'll check it out - it's soooo good! :D

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  8. I have never heard of this book before, but now I really want to give it a shot. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. Yayyy! Can't wait for you to read it so we can compare notes! Thank you :D

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  9. *WOOT* Found the review :D
    Your favorite post-apocalyptic this year? Considering the number of dystopians being churned out these days, I know that's saying a lot. My goodness, I want this now!!

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    1. Yes, most definitely!! Personally, I don't know if I would label this one as 'dystopian.' More like present-day, end of the world goodness! Can that be a genre? LOL! Hope you get a chance to read it soon! :D

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  10. I always promise myself I'll read my obligations first but end up picking up another book and finishing it. I also love multiple POVs! It really brings a lot of emotion and understanding to the story. Sound great!

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    1. Exactly! Lately, it seems I barely close one book before I'm opening another :D These multiple POV's were so well written, too! Hope you get a chance to read it soon!

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  11. Sold! Although I'm not normally a fan of multiple points of view, the fact that they were done so well makes me want to read this anyway. Plus, I can never resist a captivating, creepy book.
    Wonderful review, Michele!

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    1. Woot!! I'll be interested to know what you think about these particular POV's. Thank you, Maja!

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  12. Dark Inside sounds fabulous! I love that it is a book that consumed you- those books are sooooo good. I really like to get caught up in a book and I will have to pick this one up. Maybe I should get both at once!
    ~Jess

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    1. Oh, definitely get both, 'cause you won't want to wait two seconds before diving into the next one! It's the perfect time of year for these, too! <3

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  13. I loved this book! So creepy. And definitely something you have to read all at once. I can't wait to read Rage Within

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    1. Right?? I'm so excited that you loved it and that you're going to read Rage Within! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!

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  14. there are no words for this one. only, I MUST GET MY HANDS ON IT ASAP. and by ASAP I mean this weekend!!! rock my face off, please. hahhaha <3

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  15. oh also, I LOVE the personality you added into this review. definitely one of my top 5 favorites! xoxo

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  16. Wow this sounds awesome! I totally remember you texting me that you went to peak at this book and read the entire thing haha. I can totally see you doing that! I can see you posted the review for the next one right after this so I'm guessing that one peak went well again ;-P Yes that quote totally triggered some hair standing :-p I'm really excited to see what this is all about, the quotes are totally intriguing and I always trust your opinion, especially when you get this excited. I'm sure there will be lots of gushing with you when I get to read it. Thanks for the fantastic review.

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