Dark Inside

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

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 reading. and i actually tend to be less indulgent with YA authors than adult authors, because if i feel they are trying to pull a fast one or get sloppy/lazy because of the age of their audience, i get pissed, so i am not just reading it without my critical faculties.i like to think of myself as a discriminating YA reader with a narrow focus. take your love stories and shove 'em. i don't care about your divorced parents or your worries over college or your love for some long-dead sparkle of a boy.i wanna see you survive.go on, survive for me.i am so glad we are still in the end times/dystopian phase of YA lit. there is so much to read, i can barely keep up! and then tommy goes and gives me ARCs and i swoon with pleasure.however. i will say that the pacing in this one really made me mad. i brought it to my jury duty, unread, thinking, i will probably be able to finish this before my servitude is over. and then i went and finished it with three hours left to go! fortunately, i brought a back-up book, but you try reading small-printed dense biography/history when the family feud is on in the background, a show which makes you stupider just by being in the same room as a television showing it. survey says: kill yourself.i had not noticed the television at all when reading dark inside. i even read through that promotional video they make you watch about the role and responsibility of the jurybad juror.this is like a YA version of david moody's hater and dog blood series. after a mighty earthquake, something is released that causes ordinary people to just start killin'. some people remain unaffected, and they are the hunted. can you tell who is a killer and who is not??um... sometimes.best be careful.there are so many great scenes in here, none of which i can talk about because they are better left to be discovered by a reader. there is one supremely ballsy scene in which a character does something selfish but understandable and many people suffer because of it that i hope does not get softened by anything in the sequel. if this were australian YA fiction, i would not even question it. american YA... it would be likely that somehow things would still turn out okay.canadian YA?? well, let's wait and see.i feel like this should have been much much longer; there's like a big game-changing situation that happens 3/4 of the way through, and this "turn" happened so late in the book that it seems cruel to make readers wait for another book right when things started changing!come on!i resent you, ARC, because first i have to wait for this book to come out for you regular folk (heh heh) and then i have to wait for a whole 'nother book before i can be satisfied. so for all my throes of excitement over the pacing of YA, it frequently just ruins my life. thankfully, there is a ton of the stuff out there. this one is just better than most.Bestseller Dark Inside Author Jeyn Roberts is Ebook Moments after several huge earthquakes shake every continent on Earth, something strange starts happening to some people An inner rage has been released and some people cannot fight it For those who can, life becomes an ongoing battle to survive at any cost. 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 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.. Bestseller Ebook Dark Inside 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 reading. and i actually tend to be less indulgent with YA authors than adult authors, because if i feel they are trying to pull a fast one or get sloppy/lazy because of the age of their audience, i get pissed, so i am not just reading it without my critical faculties.i like to think of myself as a discriminating YA reader with a narrow focus. take your love stories and shove 'em. i don't care about your divorced parents or your worries over college or your love for some long-dead sparkle of a boy.i wanna see you survive.go on, survive for me.i am so glad we are still in the end times/dystopian phase of YA lit. there is so much to read, i can barely keep up! and then tommy goes and gives me ARCs and i swoon with pleasure.however. i will say that the pacing in this one really made me mad. i brought it to my jury duty, unread, thinking, i will probably be able to finish this before my servitude is over. and then i went and finished it with three hours left to go! fortunately, i brought a back-up book, but you try reading small-printed dense biography/history when the family feud is on in the background, a show which makes you stupider just by being in the same room as a television showing it. survey says: kill yourself.i had not noticed the television at all when reading dark inside. i even read through that promotional video they make you watch about the role and responsibility of the jurybad juror.this is like a YA version of david moody's hater and dog blood series. after a mighty earthquake, something is released that causes ordinary people to just start killin'. some people remain unaffected, and they are the hunted. can you tell who is a killer and who is not??um... sometimes.best be careful.there are so many great scenes in here, none of which i can talk about because they are better left to be discovered by a reader. there is one supremely ballsy scene in which a character does something selfish but understandable and many people suffer because of it that i hope does not get softened by anything in the sequel. if this were australian YA fiction, i would not even question it. american YA... it would be likely that somehow things would still turn out okay.canadian YA?? well, let's wait and see.i feel like this should have been much much longer; there's like a big game-changing situation that happens 3/4 of the way through, and this "turn" happened so late in the book that it seems cruel to make readers wait for another book right when things started changing!come on!i resent you, ARC, because first i have to wait for this book to come out for you regular folk (heh heh) and then i have to wait for a whole 'nother book before i can be satisfied. so for all my throes of excitement over the pacing of YA, it frequently just ruins my life. thankfully, there is a ton of the stuff out there. this one is just better than most.

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  1. 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 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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  1. 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 reading [...]


  2. 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 new vic [...]


  3. 4.5 Stars.Update Fuck it, FIVE STARS THAT WAS FREAKING AMAZING.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 deat [...]


  4. 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 wellWash, r [...]


  5. 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 chapter [...]


  6. 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 they [...]


  7. The stranger smiled at her Humanity has found a cure to a disease they never new existed Dark Inside, Jeyn Roberts.My thoughts IntroductionLet us start off with the world building and the atmosphere of this book The atmosphere throughout this novel was crazily suspenseful The constant pressure among the characters in the book filled the atmosphere with suspense like I have said earlier, streams of tear jerking tears and a spark of romantic vibes All the atmosphere clung well together and that wa [...]


  8. 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 myself.W [...]


  9. 3.5 starsHere 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 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 the most hor [...]


  10. We would not go gentle into that good night 5 5Wow za.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 watching a hor [...]


  11. 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, and [...]


  12. 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 enad with clos [...]


  13. 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, I picked [...]


  14. 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.


  15. 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 .


  16. So where to begin with this bookt off it s the first time I was sorry I went in totally blind on this book and didn t read the synopsis I am not a zombie apocalyptic movie or book kind of girl and this book was zombie like people In the end I ended up liking the book and wanting to see if anyone I liked died Now I have to see what happens in the next bookgg I hate my book OCD I thought this book would show my wimpy side but it wasn t as scary as I thought it would be.


  17. 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 out of [...]


  18. 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 th [...]


  19. 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 can t [...]



  20. I absolutely loved this book, and it s not a genre I should readd 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 book.Wh [...]


  21. 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 haven t [...]


  22. 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 descri [...]


  23. 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 definitel [...]




  24. 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 their [...]


  25. Read This Review More Like It On My Blog 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 perfect in Ms Roberts ta [...]


  26. 4.5 starsI went into this book knowing barely anything and ended up really loving it If you like a fast pace, post apocalyptic read you should definitely pick this book up In this version of the apocalypse, after several earthquakes people start going crazy, driven mad by some kind of inner rage that makes them attack and kill other people They re not zombies, but sometimes they resemble them Nobody knows why they turned into these monsters , and you never know who s gonna be next.Dark Inside te [...]


  27. 4.5 stars A great zombie series I adore zombie books, and this was a great example of it done well It had that edge of your seat suspense, so much action, and a good range characters that you really feel for Definitely an enjoyable new series that I would recommend to all.


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