Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

I read this book on the Simon Schuster website and I must say that even if I had bought it I won’t have regretted it. That’s why I am going to do a giveaway for this book to a random commenter below this post.

I haven’t read many dystopian novels because I am not just interested in that genre ( I repeat I have not read Hunger games that’s probably why, so sue me) I however love the concept of this book, but unfortunately, I found the way it was written to be a bit unsettling for me. 

It felt like there were a lot of things going on, and the fact that it was told in five points of view did not help matters considering the fact that the characters were at times indistinguishable.

Another thing I found a bit unsettling was the fact that I could not relate with the characters well enough, and maybe that’s my fault but who knows. About the five point of views, the characters are Nothing (yeah I said Nothing), Mason, Aries, Michael, and Clementine. They’re all told in third person, except for Nothing who tells his story in first person. You know what, I’m not even sure if Nothing’s a He or She, maybe it’s an It.

The fact that I could not relate with them did not allow me to be concerned about whatever happened to them. I felt if Jeyn had made it more personal, maybe concentrate on one character or two maximum, and told the story through them, I would have felt more connected, and feel the emotions of the characters. But then again, I really don’t like books written in first person so maybe I’m just an indecisive unsettling fool myself.

That being said, I must tell you that the book was not bad. Aside from the list of things that irked me, there were really good points in the book.


If you’re looking for a book to keep you on edge while reading, this is the book for you. The book was so tense that I was halfway through beating up my roommate when he distracted me before I realized what I was doing, and had to do a lot of apologizing, which only wasted my time and which only made me start beating him again before he finally ran out of the house and I could read in peace. Yeah that’s how tensed the book made me.

The plot was unique, and right from the beginning of the book we are thrown into an action fest. We have the evil infected humans (braggers if you will) that have been infected with darkness and are on a killing spree, and are not all as they seem. 

The book got me thinking a lot about a lot of stuff as the characters fought to stay alive and keep the darkness thing from infecting them. Even though the points of view were a bit under-cooked, I loved the way all the characters met with one another.

There was another annoying factor that occured at the end too, but I am sure it as just laying foundation for a book two. I would love to see how the story expands.

I am trying my best not to reveal any glaring spoilers, so I am sure you get the gist of the book. Fair warning though, this book is not for the faint of heart, approach the book with caution and make sure all the lights are on while reading.

I would love to see the movie done on this book. Sure it’ll look like 28 days but the fact that kids are the major characters would be a nice twist.

NB: I did not actually beat up my roommate though I must admit that the thought crossed my mind. If you want a copy of this book, bought and shipped to your location, drop a comment below

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