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The War Inside

(The Horizons Trilogy #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  59 reviews
The end of the world is only just the beginning. So eighteen-year-old Thea discovers when her solitary life on a dying Earth is shattered by a mysterious dream, a devastating choice, and a strange gift that propels her on a journey towards the restoration of all mankind.

Thea is bitter and alone; a perfect embodiment of the sunless, cloud-covered Earth she inhabits. A terri
Kindle Edition, 362 pages
Published July 28th 2013 by (first published January 1st 2013)
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the R2R program of the Goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal (LOP). The following is my honest review, unaffected by having received the book free of charge. (Incidentally, LOP is an awesome group with fantastic moderators, fun activities, a thriving R2R program, and really great members (both readers and authors) - so if you love reading paranormal fiction, I encourage you to join us!)

It has been a while since I'
What a beautifully written story.

At the beginning, 18-year-old Thea's world is all about hunting for her food and living alone. This is the saddest, most alarming, world I've ever read.

When Thea decides to rescue a bloody and unconscious girl, Viv, her life changes. Viv is dying and needs medicine. They have no medicine and have to travel to the nearest city to get it.

Their journey is a dangerous one.

The climax blindsided me. What?! No!

Then the end. Oh. Wow.

Exquisite detail. I can imagine e
Patricia Eddy
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As long as humans have walked the earth, there have been stories. While I'm on pace to read over 100 books this year and I've enjoyed almost all of them, very few have had what I think of as a totally unique take on the world or their characters. The War Inside is one of the most interesting and dare-I-say unique plots and world building that I've seen in quite some time.

The world is a cold, harsh, dark place now. Post-apocalyptic novels are common, but while many deal with the state of the ear
Shana Festa
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have very high hopes for this series. M. Kircher creates an amazing setting for this story. It seems that most books I've read where we've come to end of civilization as we know it is all the same. World War III, robots or aliens coming to take us over... but not for this author. Mankind has brought about it's own demise with technology. And, in all honesty, it's not hard to imagine that the world could become this way. Think about it... no one ever leaves home without their cell phone and the ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Reading The War Inside was very enjoyable, but there were several minor issues that made the book seem amateur and in need of an editor.


I found the characters of the book to be three-dimensional, and I was glad to see that the writer made them stay true to their characteristics throughout the novel.

The protagonist Thea is a fierce, independent girl who isn't afraid to speak her mind. The author does a nice job of bringing out a soft side to her, without destroying her established c
Eimear (BooksBitsNBobs)
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a book that contradicts the stereotype of self-published books being sub-par then step on up, folks! This book grabbed my attention from the first line and kept it for the entire duration of the book. Thea was born into a world that crumbled after the loss of technology and is just trying to survive like the rest of the humans still left. There is a sort of smog covering the entire planet and blocking out most of the sunlight so the world is in a constant dullness. People h ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
A-freaking-mazing. I love end-of-the-world, dystopian stories, and this one was spot on. It’s theme of what is causing the world to be in such a depressing condition, is easily believable, considering our world’s love of technology and the ever-increasing distance we seem to be putting between ourselves and others. Although the Internet and social networking seem to be doing the exact opposite, it’s easy to see that people (especially teenagers) rely on that screen to separate them emotionally. ...more
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I received this book from the author through Lovers of Paranormal in exchange for an honest review.

The opening is a little confusing. Because of this, I found the novel a little slow and hard to get into at first. I think that a slight change in the order of events and dreams in the first two chapters could have greatly improved this problem. I found Thea to be a little too closed off within her thoughts. I expected there to be a little more going on in her mind since I was watching the story un
I received this book in exchange for an honest review for Lovers of Paranormal.

In this new, ugly and cruel world, someone will have to fight for better future for mankind - in my opinion this sums the plot. So nothing extremely new but with some interesting ideas.

The story was entertaining, but the pace was too slow for my liking, especially at the beginning - it's better in the second part of the novel.

The characters - I couldn't connect with them and didn't really care what will happen to the
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book free to read and review for the Wicked Reads review team

I am not a huge fan of dystopian books, I have read a few but I do not seek them out. With that being said, I found that I liked this book, The way the author took something that is starting to happen in society now and then went into the future to create her world I found to be very interesting. The more people got sucked into the internet and all of their stuff going on there and slowly stopped caring about other thin
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA, Distopia
Shelves: r2r
Inspirational Dystopia

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review for LoP and I would purchase it and the next installment. The setting is in the future where evil, greed and technology have brought the earth to the near apocalypse. Small pockets of people have survived in their every man for himself, dog eat dog world. Then, like the Christ child, a new child comes forth to bring the light to this dark, evil, dying world. Can man and women rise again? Can they rebuild society and sa
Jenna M
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review - Lovers of Paranormal.
This depicts a dystopian future society, where it is survival of the fittest. The people are harsh, and without compassion. I really enjoyed this story. In the characters you are allowed to see, you are able to watch them grow into greater people. I was able to wrap myself into the world through the way the author has described it, and the writing pulled me through the story very fluidly. I found the paranormal aspect
Jess (The Cozy Reader) Kennedy
Full review available at:
The Cozy Reader

Kindle edition from author M. Kircher.

My Grade
Plot: 4
Setting: 5
Writing: 4
Originality: 4
Characters: 4
Romance: 3
Overall: 24/30 = 80% B
Title/Cover Bonus: 4

A mysterious dystopian fantasy with hints of romance, action and supernatural. Heavily character and setting driven.

First Line

It was the blood that caught Thea’s attention.

Most Memorable Scene
The mountain side rumbling scene. I was so scared!

Thea’s world is dying. We don’t really
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
hello all i want to read this book. kindly guide me to read this book, honestly with the title every human have messup in his mind so i need to read and feel that really what is going on in each persons mind.
Laura Ashley
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Amazing. I totally got sucked in. I couldn't put it down.
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a solid 4.5 star book (I rounded up to 5, b/c below, I do say "I love it."). Goodreads, you need to get on the "half star" thing. I think a lot of people would be happy about it. Anyway...

*some spoilers ahead*

I really liked this book. No, I actually love this book. So much so that upon finishing, I immediately hopped on here and recommended it to a friend of mine, who loves the same books I do. Like, I couldn't even wait to simply recommend it to her because I want her to read it so we c
Katie ®
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it

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I have read for M. Kircher before. I have enjoyed that book and was very excited when she offered to let me read and review The War Inside. I do want to apologize to her for the length of time it has taken to complete this read for review. She has been so patient and I am thankful for that!

"Behind her the little plant faded back into the ground. The plant's green leaves curled back into themselves, the berries shriveled, and the whole thing was engulfed by the mud like a ship sinking into t
**3.5 stars**
Full Review on Brianna's Bookish Confessions.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This literally took me a month to read. I’m seriously the worst reviewer ever! I made it to where I would read in between my classes, but I only got about 25% done. It wasn’t that I hated the book, it was because I didn’t have time to read on my iPad. I usually don’t read from there, I’d rat
Marked By Books
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Before I really begin this review, I would like to pause for a minute and try to process the fact that The War Inside is M's debut novel. Either I didn't read that line in the blurb before I began this book, or it's just dawning on me now, but I really can't believe it! You guys, the writing is SO GOOD. Leaps and bounds beyond the capabilities of what I normally expect to find in an author's first novel, or even her second. The descriptions were absolutely beautiful, even when they were describi ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I love dystopian/sci-fi books and this book really drew me in with the its synopsis:

The end of the world is only just the beginning. So eighteen-year-old Thea discovers when her solitary life on a dying Earth is shattered by a mysterious dream, a devastating choice, and a strange gift that propels her on a journey towards the restoration of all mankind.

Thea is bitter and alone; eking out her miserable life on the sunless, cloud-covered Earth she inhabits. A terrifying dream convinces her to save
Melissa Cushing
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: exceptional
I am giving this book 5 of 5 stars because it was an imaginative, brilliantly descriptive read!!! I loved it!!! Seriously! I will say I was a little skeptical at first because of the “Dark Nature” of the authors writing, but once I realized that it was her intent to give off that “dark” feeling in her writing and was able to see what the outcome could be, with the hope and possibility of a brighter future that the author was trying to imply…. I FELL IN LOVE!!!

OK… so I have to state that this bo
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1-kindle-owned
I received an email from M. Kircher asking for a read/review in exchange for a free copy of her self-published book The War Inside. I was really excited because this was the first time that we have had an author request a review. Most of the reviews we do are just for fun unless otherwise noted. So I jumped at the chance to review it. The synopsis was really interesting because I have never heard anything like it. So with that said I want to thank Kircher for giving me this opportunity!
Alright I
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dystopia is one of my favorite genres and this one sounded intriguing. This time, the world is in darkness because humans became so involved in technology and their own self-interests that they ignored other people and the earth and are now selfish and living under a dark canopy or dense cloud cover (caused by pollution) all the time. At first, they tried to band together, but the damage had been done and people are now enemies. There is no love for parents, siblings or others.

Thea is 18 and has
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book sure surprised me. I accepted to review this book a while ago and finally picked it up without remembering the premise. I was not sure what to expect. I was immediately captivated once I started reading.

Though this was a dystopian, post-apocalyptic tale, it was also a cautionary tale. In this future, Earth was dying because of humans' carelessness and obsession with technology. Humans were too observed with their devices that they lost the sense of communication with others. Huma
Sabrina Olteanu
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
See this review and more on my blog Lilybloombooks

To be quite honest, I didn’t really have much availability to take on another book for review, but after reading the synopsis, I decided to go ahead a give it a go. Who can resist a dystopian amiright?! While I wasn’t blow away by The War Inside, I did enjoy it.

What I enjoyed most about this story wasn’t the focus on how or why the world is the way it is now. Sure, we get our back story and world building but I didn’t think this was the focus. Wh
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Geeky Chiquitas

The world is dying. Thea lives in an earth that is terribly polluted and neglected by the humans. She wishes only to survive and even that becomes hard for her when she decides to rescue a girl named Viviana. Viviana's chest glows and when she touches it her hands start glowing too. She is offered to go on a journey to the last city on earth by a boy named Caden and she agrees to go with him in hopes that she will find a cure for Viviana who is wounded and for
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
Initial Thoughts

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one. Not for any particular reason, it just didn't seem like it was going to be a book for me. But then the author started describing the world and the adventures started and I got sucked in.

My New Best Friend

I really liked the main character Thea. It's a pretty typical answer but I really enjoyed how not perfect she was. She was also pretty funny and not the typical heroine you usually see. She's really independent and isn't used to havi
Tonja Drecker
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have a weak spot for YA Dystopian, especially stories with new, interesting twists. THE WAR INSIDE definitely fulfilled this wish and kept me hooked until the last page.

Unlike many dystopians, this one does not start with a suppressive, unjust government. There isn't a government at all. Humans have lost all regard for each other and simply try to survive, each for themselves. The main character, Thea, has no problem with this. Like all others, she's happy to be alone -- although a little more
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
3.5 stars

**A free copy of this book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

I really enjoyed this story. I finished it in a day!

The War Inside is, in my opinion, a very original dystopian. I've never read anything similar to it. That is something that is becoming harder and harder to find now, and that is a huge reason I liked this book so much.

Also, the descriptions in this book were wonderful. I could picture everything very clearly! The author described things in an i
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