Earthquakes shudder across the world
Something is released
Trust no one - not even yourself
The killing game has begun . . .
Something bad is about to happen. A lot of people are going to die and it's only the beginning.
A murderous range has been unleashed. Moments after earthquakes rock the world, people start to change in the most terrifying ways. Friends turn on friends, girlfriends on boyfriends, brothers on sisters. Nobody can be trusted.
For those who survive the first wave of killing,, the world is a different, deadlier place. Michael, Aries, Mason and Clementine must battle to stay alive in a world determined to kill them. All they have is one another . . . but can they even be sure of that?
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The day that earthquakes destroy half the world is only the beginning and the survivors will have to face an even darker threat. With friends and strangers alike going on crazy killing sprees it is impossible to know who to trust. Mason, Michael, Aries and Clementine are all trying to find a way to survive and each have a dark and difficult journey in front of them. Will they all survive the experience?
Dark Inside is a great debut from Jeyn Roberts, set in the near future the world we know has been completely destroyed by natural disasters. The story is very dark and creepy and what makes it worse was how realistic it feels. Even if you don't believe in the idea of the zombie like people who are murdering everyone they encounter the destruction caused by the earthquakes is very realistic and frightening to think about. In a world without electricity, where food and water supplies increasingly scarce, it is easy to imagine how far survivors would go to fight for survival - zombies or not.
The story is told in alternating chapters from four different view points as we follow Mason, Michael, Aries and Clementine on their journeys. I did find it a little confusing keeping track of who everyone was, especially in the beginning when you're getting to know everyone, but once I'd got into the swing of things it was easy to keep track of who's chapter you were reading. The story is fast paced, full of action and has plenty of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.
I'm not sure if this is the first instalment in a series or a stand alone story, I actually think it works quite well either way. You are left with questions so I would happily read a second book but I think it's quite nice to be able to draw your own conclusions. Either way I'll be keeping an eye out for more from Jeyn Roberts and I'd recommend Dark Inside to any fans of dystopian or post apocalyptic fiction.
Source: Received from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review
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