Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts

Book title: Dark Inside

Author: Jeyn Roberts

Bibliographic entry Roberts, J. (2011). Dark Inside. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.
Description A devastating earthquake hits the west coast of North America and a mysterious illness is unleashed causing people to kill each other as if controlled by a hidden supernatural force.  Four teens struggle to stay alive using any means necessary.
Reaction Although post-apocalyptic settings are seeing a resurgence in young adult literature, this young adult supernatural thriller will appeal to a select group of teens.  Roberts’ style of multiple narrators is often confusing.  I won’t be compelled to buy any more of the series except for my students. The book does manage to be horrific without being gruesome.
Recommended age level Intermediate/Senior
Subjects/themes Supernatural, natural disaster, survival
Curriculum connections English: read student- and teacher-selected texts from diverse cultures and historical periods, identifying specific purposes for reading
Awards Nominated for the 2013 Ontario Library Association White Pine awards
Miscellaneous Rage Within is the next book in this series.


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