I finished Dark Inside, by Jeyn Roberts, sometime over this past weekend. I had picked it up at the bookstore when I had some extra cash last week when I went out to by Gillian Flynn’s second book, Dark Places, (everything is so dark lately) and I snagged this as well because I was really in the mood for some post-apocalyptic goodness.
This is the first book in a series, or trilogy, I am not quite sure, about four teenagers who survive an event that doesn’t exactly get explained. There are earthquakes and people start going mad and becoming violent – some people turn into monsters and some hide their monstrous side well at first, until they get close enough to turn on you and hurt you. Each of the four teens have their own chapters and storylines, and it is not until the end of the book that all four of the main characters finally meet up and begin their journey together – their journey to find some semblance of safety and community in a new world order. I am not sure if I am going to continue on with their story, though.
I gave this a three star rating on Goodreads because although I love pretty much all post-apocalyptic stories, this one was just meh. I was disappointed by the character development, feeling like the characters weren’t very memorable. Usually with stories like this, where the point of view switches between characters, you need to be able to remember what has happened to them in their previous chapters, and not only did I find myself forgetting about a lot of what they’d done, I didn’t even LIKE some of the characters, especially the male ones, who all seemed to have mean streaks. Also, although I know this was written for teens, I found it pretty annoying that there are hardly any adults in the book – it doesn’t seem very plausible, as much as I suspend my disbelief.
Meh. Luckily the other book I finished this week was awesome.