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Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
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Jan 05, 12

bookshelves: dystopian, ncbla
Read in January, 2012

Somehow or other--we never really find out how or why--unspeakable evil is unleashed from the bowels of the earth after an earthquake on the West Coast. Chillingly, the evil doesn't spring from without either, but somehow manifests itself in the forms of ordinary human beings who suddenly go on killing sprees, blasting schools apart, trapping folks inside apartments and then burning the building, even slaughtering everyone in attendance in town meetings. It's never clear exactly how the evil or the urge to kill spreads, and why some individuals seem to be immune to the urges. What is chillingly clear is that it's hard to know who, if anyone, can be trusted. The author follows four different teens--Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael--and another individual who may or may not be one of them and worthy of trust as they try to reach a safe place. How far they will have to go to escape the evil that seems to have released by the earthquake is not clear either. Although the idea behind the storyline is interesting and the constant running from evil is reminiscent of the avoidance of zombies in The Dead-Tossed Waves, there are too many holes and unanswered questions and coincidental encounters as well as only limited dystopian references to make this title memorable. For instance, what is the attraction between Daniel and Aries and how do they keep ending up in the same places only to have him leave her? She seems to be doing perfectly well on her own or with the help of the friends with whom she has allied without his intrusion.
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