Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

About the Book

Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it's our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everday people into hunters, killers, crazies.

Mason's mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she's about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbours. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police--who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the by standing crowd.

Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness – but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.


Imagine this

You are on a bus, train, at school, at work, or sitting with a dying family member.  An earthquake shakes and rumbles beneath you.  You are scared, but not as scared as you are going to be in 3 weeks time when you watch your friends get ripped apart, limb by limb! 

Yes it is that graphic! Jeyn Roberts steals you away from your comfortable bed, chair or car (in some cases) and throws you, flailing about, into a world that personifies fear with the whispers of I am Legend and M Night Shalamayn movies that kept me up at night! 

Sitting on the plane to Durban (waiting for relaxation to takeover) I crack the ARC spine (not literally cracking the spine) and with a whoosh of dramatic writing and imaginative description I was forced to grip the pages until my knuckles went white, from pure alarm!  I read this fast paced novel, in 20 minute-baby-napping-spurts that would have me gasp in shock waking a rather grumpy 2 year-old up. 

Why was I complaining? It only started a series of more shushing and then more reading.

Four teenagers are forced to rethink their way of life in order to survive (no, this isn’t the Survivor you see on TV) this is the real life head-smashing-legs-aching-blood-reeking,-breath-holding survivor!  An earthquake shatters the very face of humanity releasing something that turns humans into murderous beasts; Roberts does this genre well.

Clementine, Michael, Aires and Mason teenagers who have no connection to each other (but whom Roberts cleverly matches up in a series of events); all end up learning and fighting their way to the end of this zombie-fied novel. 

If the limb ripping wasn’t gripping enough, short snippets of the Nothing the ghost that lives in us all or the killing gene that turns us from huggable humans to monsters. The ending blew me away, I wasn’t sure whether to run screaming out my house (my parents staring mouths gaped open at my sudden insanity) or to shoo the sinking feeling of dread away; because the Nothing isn’t a ghost it is someone… but who!

I was forced to huddling under my covers, attempting run-and-jumps onto my bed when the light was off.  This book rolls together Freddy Krueger, Hocus-Pocus, The Wicked Witch of the East, Leatherface, Ghost Face (from Scream), Chucky and Hannibal Lector all into one book!


- Review by Kelly Ansara

About the Author

Jeyn Roberts 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 few years she played in an alternative/punk band called Missing Mile before moving to England where she received her MA from the prestigious Creative Writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier and tree planter.

An avid traveler, she’s been around the world, most recently, teaching high school in South Korea.

A lover of animals, Jeyn volunteers regularly with helping abandoned and abused animals, especially cats.

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violininavoid said...

Wow, you were really into this one Kelly! What I liked most was the way she made the characters struggle with the misery but relative safety of being alone or the comforts and dangers or being in a group. I'm looking forward to the sequel. said...

I went to her Vancouver book launch ( She seemed pretty normal, but maybe she's just as scary as her book!

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