Received via: ARC - Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: November 1st, 2011
The Scoop: (Goodreads)
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.
Dark Inside is basically the post-apocalyptic tale of earthquake survivors vs. zombie-like evil "baggers". The Baggers are zombie-like in that they started out as human, but since the earthquake, they savagely kill people. Unlike zombies, they aren't dead, don't eat brains (specifically) and some of them still possess the mental capacity to "pass" as regular humans (which makes them extra-spooky, but real zombies are still cooler IMHO).
|Zombies, I am prepared for. Random evil people? Not so much...|
Although, I felt that many mysteries aren't fully explained, Dark Inside is a fast-paced adventure. The four protagonists begin facing their struggles individually and then their story lines begin to intertwine (if a little bit hastily).
If you're on the hunt for a romance-filled YA, Dark Inside isn't the book for you. The book holds out a bit of hope for future hook-ups, but in this novel, you won't find hand holding by a stream or longing looks through the darkness or impossible love triangles, yet (in the sequel...maybe.)
|None of that hankie-pankie here, you two...get a room!|
Final Verdict: Fast Food