Suspense and thrills in fight against evil

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am

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Dark Inside
By Jeyn Roberts
Published by Simon and Shuster
ISBN 978 1442423541

Dark Inside is a novel about an apocalypse where four American teenagers have to survive in a world of chaos. All forms of electricity and communication have ceased, and an unknown evil is taking hold of their country.

Mason loses everybody he loves. His mother is dying after a horrible car accident, and while he's visiting her in the hospital, a bomb explodes in his school.

Aries is sitting on a bus when an enormous earthquake shatters the west of the continent. Only she and a few other lucky people survive.

Clementine loses her friends and family when a group of people breaks up a town meeting and shoots everyone. But these are adults the family knows well. Her mother tells her to flee while she can and find her brother in the quake-hit city of Seattle.

On the street Michael watches a driver murder a bystander. His fear grows when the police and the driver try to kill each other.

The four teenagers might not know each other yet, but they will all have to survive in a violent world where nobody can be trusted. Staying in groups or alone, they try to hide from the violent Baggers. These are actually normal people who have been changed by some evil force which emerged from the earthquake.

Canadian author Jeyn Roberts does a good job describing four different viewpoints of this apocalypse. It's interesting and thrilling to see how different people try to survive the Baggers.

Young adults will enjoy Roberts' style of writing, which is easy to read and to understand.

Unfortunately, because the story is told by four protagonists, it is difficult to get to know each one well, which may annoy some readers. Nevertheless this book is a must for those who love thrilling, slightly violent, books about the end of the world and evil people.

Dark Inside captivated me because with every chapter, the teenagers' stories change and end with an exciting sentence that makes the book suspenseful. You want to read more and more after reading a few pages because it gets more exciting.

In the beginning the book is a little confusing as you have to read four different stories, but after a few chapters you get used to it and you don't want to put it down.