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Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  7,808 Ratings  ·  1,049 Reviews
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 liv ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 2nd 2011 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Sarah Valerie The book is told in the POV from all four main characters, in first person.
Hopey Levrey Yes, there is some, but not so much, that it turns the focus off the main story.
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yesterday i was in a discussion with some dude about teen fiction, and why it is so damn compelling and why we were lately reading it to the exclusion of all other literature,despite our grown status, and his reason was because of the instant gratification of it - that the pacing is such that it can generally be read in one sitting and you want to keep reading it. and it doesn't mean that it is mindless, like a lot of adult page-turner fiction, but that it is frequently too exciting to stop read
Emily May

For me, what rescued Dark Inside from getting an extremely negative review was the fast-paced action and adventure, weird creepiness and what Tatiana likes to call "compulsive readability". The book had many faults, which I will go into, and it was on the whole not a great work of dystopian fiction.

Basically, there's this earthquake one day and suddenly people everywhere start acting weird... becoming possessed by a violent rage, turning on their families and friends, searching the streets for
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Sep 01, 2012 Kat (Lost in Neverland) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves a fast paced, frightening story
Recommended to Kat (Lost in Neverland) by: Skyla (Skoyklha) Happy Go Lucky and Lost in Books
4.5 Stars.

Update: Fuck it, FIVE STARS!



An earthquake has destroyed most of the world.
Humans have been consumed by hatred and anger and have become the monsters that they truly are.
Surviving has never been this difficult.

We follow the perspectives of four kids.

Mason, whose mother has just died and he's fighting the madness inside of him.
Aries, who was caught in the earthquake that killed her best friend but was saved by a mysterious stranger.
Michael, narrowly avoiding
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I was soooo disappointed in this book. I love good, graphic novels where the blood is bloody, the bones are crunching, and the terror is terrifying! The book started off with a natural disaster (earthquake), some weird spooky supernatural stuff, and 4 protagonists that starred in our show, I mean book. The 4 characters see some seriously creepy stuff and basically, they don’t know whom to trust, were to go and what the hell is going on. Great setup right? Yup. It was soooooooo good. And then….. ...more
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

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 c
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Well well, don't we have a bit of a stunner here. I started DARK INSIDE without any expectation, but I've been left completely surprised by just how wonderful this book is. And hey, it's hell of a fast read. Have I ever mentioned how much I love my fast paced reads? They totally rock my world, and DARK INSIDE is no exception.

After a series of earthquakes people completely turn on each other. There is no regret, no remorse. If the earthquakes haven't done you harm then these people will make sure
Even after 30 years in the US, my parents still have a very strong accent when they speak English. Eengrish. I'm able to interpret their pronunciations and grammar easily it since I grew up hearing it. But throw another accent at me - anything African, some European, or worst of all any kind of Asian accent other than Korean - and I can't tell you what the heck is being said without some knitted-brow concentration. And I notice I end up replying back in a louder voice, as if that'll help. I pfft ...more
3.5 stars

Here’s the thing about me and horror: it’s not so much the content as the source that bothers me.

Which is not to say I’m not terrified by scary things, because I am. Absurdly so. But always in the back of my mind is the question: where did this come from? It has always been much more disturbing for me to know that someone, somewhere, came up with whatever horrific scene is playing out on screen or on the page. That even the most unrealistic scenrios were born in very real places, and t
Sep 16, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We would not go gentle into that good night.”



I haven’t read many apocalyptic books in my time. Frankly the prospect scares the hell out of me, so why would I want to read about it? But I just happened across Dark Inside in my local bookshop and thought, why not? It looks good, looks all action-packed and has an awesome cover. So I bought it.
It was one of the best things I have ever bought.

I have to start off by saying that this book is tense. And I mean it. You know when you’re watchi
Sep 13, 2011 Ashelynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend

So, basically, Dark Inside is the scariest book I’ve ever read and I now want to crawl into a hole and hide forever. If you read Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, you will like this book—and if you were one of those who thought Ashes would have been better had the second part not be so drastically different from the first part, you will freaking LOVE Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts. Seriously.

Okay, so, here’s the deal: there’s five points of views. Nothing (who scares the crap out of me), Mason, Aries, Michael
This cover might have been cool without the giant floating eyes at the top. The huge crack in the barren earth from the earthquakes, the hazy ruined city in the background, and the indistinct people walking all work with the story (though it reminds me a little bit of the end of a music video), and I like the title rising up out of the fog, too. Even though black-veined eyes are a thing in the story, they don't really mesh here and are in fact really distracting. Why are publishers so enamored w ...more
Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
A brief synopsis of Dark Inside: Something something survival something humanity is bad something something darkness and death something something evil something killers something something something.

Yeah, it was basically a half-assed, sloppy, boring, poorly written stock apocalypse novel. So stale and uneventful, in fact, that I DNF'd about 65% of the way through.
Cait (Paper Fury)
Without a second thought, I can say Dark Inside fits in only one category: terrible book.

It has no plot, no point, no depth, no life. It’s entirely crushing for a reader like me who enjoys detailed plots, vibrant and relatable characters, and wild action. Dark Insides promises all of these, but delivers on none. I mean, come on! It’s about the apocalypse. I read plenty of dystopian novels and all vaguely refer to some sort of end-of-the-world happening – but none disclose it. Intensely excited,
In a time when the YA market is so saturated with dystopia that it has all but become blase, Dark Inside offers a new and unique spin on the genre. (Though to be honest I don't even know if dystopia is the right descriptor to tag this with, but it's what the publisher called it so we'll go with that. ;)

For starters, rather than set sometime in the future after the apocalyptic event, Dark Inside is a contemporary novel, set at the advent of the shift. This is not a story that builds a new world o
Alyssa Udall
This book is a grim, violent, but mostly empty post-apocalyptic novel that disappoints throughout.

Because the narrative is split between 4 different points of view, the reader is forced to read the beginning of the novel 4 separate times. Each narrative shows a different story with different characters, but each is equally grim and disturbing.

However, what Dark Inside fails to do is to make its grim and disturbing content actually matter. There is little significance to be found when characters
Aug 13, 2011 Misty rated it it was amazing
This book really dives into the action and had me on the edge of my seat, heart racing, from start to finish. It really makes your think about kind of person you'd be if the world was in an apocalyptic disarray and what you'd do to survive, as it follows four different characters on their journeys.

The book isn't sugar-coated either, terrible things happen that I didn't guess that made it feel realistic and though I suspect a supernatural element to 'the baggers' I think it really shows people ca
Ksenia Ohremenko
Jul 31, 2016 Ksenia Ohremenko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
легкая постапокалипстика) читается быстро и главное, что затянуло)
повествование идется с точки зрения аж 5 персонажей: Мейсон, Майкл, Клементина, Ариес и Ничто, а точнее Даниэль, темная лошадка со своими тараканами в голове.
что ж тема апокалипсиса и последствий не нова, но прежде я ее наблюдала только с экранов телевизора, это первая моя книга в подобном жанре.
когда читаешь и представляешь что там творится, реально становится жутковато. Эти загонщики как зомби, вот только если зомби тебя не сожр
Winter Elegy
I stayed up until 4 AM to finish it even though I knew it was Monday and I had to be at work in a few hours. But I couldn't stop reading. The book was fast-paced, griping and eerie. It's not a perfect book, I was pretty skeptical during the first few chapters, but after that I couldn't put it down. I probably shouldn't have read it in the dark (Kindle Paperwhite) as it was much too creepy. When I went to the bathroom I kept expecting something to jump at me from the shadows :))).
Feb 12, 2011 Nella-rosmarino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book, and it's not a genre I should read.

and I'm going to tell you why.

The Four POVs:

Yes. I like them.
It's sort of funny, I know a lot of people who read it, did not like the four POVs. I feel a lot of it's sort of bias, though. A few of them say, they instantly dislike it because it was four POVs. That's not giving the book a fair chance.

I dunno. Maybe I'm bias cuz I usually love books with multiple POVs.I feel as if I'm reading four different stories weaved into one big
Michele at A Belle's Tales
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 ha ...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Dark Inside was a fantastic yet disturbing read. Although I shouldn't judge books by their cover, it looked a bit boy orientated which I found a little peturbing after finding Gone disappointing. The story was interesting and easy to follow. Right from the beginning, I was thrown into a world that had been completely shaken up by an earthquake and the consequent turning of a group of humans into zombies. This is my first zombie novel and it surprised me how much I liked it. The zombies weren't d ...more
Fleur (FranklyBooks)
The reviews for this are WRONG. Well, not wrong but they mislead me a little.

See, all the reviews that I’ve read from people that I follow, are negative. They made me put off reading this book for a DAMN YEAR which was such a huge mistake. Especially since it was only £1 when I actually bought it.

Turns out, this book kicks ass. I mean sure, I get where those negative reviews are coming from. There are some faults with this book. I’m not denying that in the slightest. However, in my opinion, it
Anastasia Ovsyannikova
Отличный представитель постапокалипсиса. Динамичная, не отпускающая ни на минуту, временами даже заставляющая задуматься книга. Отдельно отмечу, что автору удалось совершенно по-разному писать о 4 главных героях, раскрывая мотивы их поступков с личной колокольни каждого. Эти поступки были не всегда приятными, но всегда реальными. Очень понравилось (а это у нас теперь редкость, к сожалению), что автор не загрузил книгу любовно-романтическими соплями, сделав акцент на другом. Я совершенно не зря п ...more
Sophie Jordan
Nov 19, 2011 Sophie Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. Addictive.
2.5 stars

"Dark Inside" and I got off to such a good start. It's the kind of book that I have a great love/hate relationship with: the premise is so chilling and frightening but in an addictive, fast-paced way, but, like most people, I'm terrified of something so huge and inexplicable happening to my friends and family on a mass scale. In the opening chapters, "Dead Inside" lived up to its potential, with a hurtling, nauseous description of the four main characters getting into accidents, having
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Dark Inside was a number of firsts for me. It was the first zombieish/esque apocalyptic novel I've read. It was the first horror novel I've ever willingly completed (I gave Stephen King a try when younger. I think my delusional line of thought was: "go big or go home." I guess you could say I "went home". . . but I digress.) This is also the first time in a long time that I have enjoyed being scared (and disturbed) so much. Unfortunately, all is not
Stacey (prettybooks)
The publisher describes Dark Inside as “28 Days Later meets The Road” and another reviewer described it as “Zombieland meets The Crazies”. That’s EXACTLY what Dark Inside is. It’s a post-apocalyptic survival novel with zombies. These aren’t your typical zombies, they don’t look that different from us, which makes them even more dangerous. They’re ‘normal’ people that have become infected with some sort of disease that causes them to break out in a murderous, destructive rage. They travel across ...more
Annmarie Ager
Aug 28, 2011 Annmarie Ager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reviewed
Earthquakes rock the earth places crumble to ash and people are killed within a blink of an eye but the worse is still to come. Evil has been set free and is changing people into something dark. Killers and hunters ready to tear you apart.

Four teens Mason, Aries, Clementine and Michael each in different places fighting to stay alive and to keep the darkness out there souls. Will they live through the horror that awaits them at every corner.

In the course of the book you manly follow four charact
Jul 24, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
i'm half tempted to start this with a "dear heath, i just met your sister and boy, was i impressed. come to think of it, the people with her were not half bad!" but instead, here's a shout out to S&S: thank you! dark inside is chock full of AWESOME, in fact it has pulled me out of my 2-2.5 reading funk of the last couple days.

there be blood. there be gore.
and there be many a cruel act, yet i could not tear myself from it. it's a very engrossing book, very readable and not your typical end of
Oct 06, 2015 Kiki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book has a really promising world. However, Dark Inside did not deliver. I was not invested in the story and the four main characters: Aries, Mason, Michael, and Clementine did not do anything spectacularly interesting. They pondered their actions and ate candy, even running occasionally! Maybe that's what Jeyn Roberts is trying to get at--normal teens trying to survive an apocalypse. Maybe she took normal too literally because I can go out and watch the pigeons if I wanted someth ...more
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Jeyn Roberts (pronounced Jen - the Y is silent)grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and started writing at an early age, having her first story published when she was 16 in a middle-grade anthology called LET ME TELL YOU.

When she was 21, she moved to Vancouver with dreams of being a rock star, graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Writing and Psychology. For the next
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