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Dark Inside — Jeyn Roberts


Dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels have never been atypical in the sweeping blanket of YA lit genre. As a matter of fact, a manifold of these are unabatedly published all throughout the year and steadfastly favored by a throng of keyed up supporters. To luxuriously indulge in it or not, simply lies in the reader’s discriminating literary gusto. I unabashedly claim to have liked this as far as I can tell—not that it was scoured from any flaws or whatsoever—considering the pulse-racing effect it had on me.

By far one of those old-hat apocalyptic realizations ever concocted, Dark Inside nonetheless has an underlying flair that secretly lures its readers to their imminent fixation. Every page brims with cloak and dagger scenes, bustles with nightmarish goings-on, and with a dash of sparse romance which is almost infinitesimal. Romance isn’t bad at all, mind you. It’s just that a little too much can be painstakingly frustrating.

The intermittent narration from our four protagonists can be confusing at times. However, discovering the terrifying backdrop after the tumultuous upheaval of the cryptic forces through four different eyes is a perk nonetheless. The fifth and seemingly all-knowing narrator, Nothing, delivers a bold and biting message that never lags to leave a spine-chilling impression. Could it be Mason? Possibly Daniel?

What makes Dark Inside significantly different from its rivals under the same YA umbrella is that humanity itself is the causation of the rampant pandemic colossally navigating further through the nations. Mankind’s corrupted and damnable souls incited the terrible ongoing commotion that kills and destroys its once flourishing stomping ground. Come to think of it, aren’t we humans already carrying out such abomination? Just like in the story, children, women and innocents aren’t also spared from brutality in reality.

The story kicked off with a promising and wildfire pace that never failed to heighten my proclivity but for some reasons, halfway through and towards the end, the pacing seemed to dawdle considerably. (Or was it just me?) The abrupt and forced denouement was a little upsetting too as I didn’t find any resolution whatsoever from the group and the author didn’t elucidate anything that seemed to be of great importance. A few chinks in the armor but will be forgiven.

4 stars.


Rating: ★★★★✰

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