Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rage Within (Dark Inside #2) by Jeyn Roberts

Rage Within (Dark Inside, #2)
Good Reads Summary
Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts

Aries, Clementine, Mason and Michael have survived the first wave of the apocalypse that wiped out most of the world's population, and turned many of the rest into murderous Baggers. Now, they're hiding out in an abandoned house in Vancouver with a ragtag group of surviving teens, and trying to figure out their next move.

Aries is trying to lead, but it's hard to be a leader when there are no easy answers, and every move feels wrong. Clementine is desperate to find her brother Heath, but it's impossible to know where he'd be, even if he is still alive. Michael is still haunted by the memories of his actions during his harrowing struggle to survive. And Mason is struggling with something far worse: the fear that he may be a danger to his friends.

As the Baggers begin to create a new world order, Aries, Clementine, Mason and Michael will have to trust and rely on each other in order to survive.


My Thoughts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
 "Eenie, meenie, miney, moe.
Catch some suvivors by the toe.
If they holler, kill them on the spot."
It seems the whole YA survival post apocalyptic scene is not done with me yet. I suggest you reread the DARK INSIDE before going into this, because I certainly wish I had. I struggled to recall who was who, a feeling made worse by the four alternating points of view, but I got over it eventually and being the contrary person that I am: I can honestly say that I enjoyed this just as much as I did the first. So, yays for no sophomore slumps!

Still told mainly by Mason, Aries, Clementine and Michael, each is confronted by scarier things, other than Baggers who kill for no apparent reason, it’s the shifting loyalties and the divisiveness, as well as assholes being assholes that made for a more interesting read.

The scary black veiny eyed people, who kill for no other reason other than they could, apparently do have reasons, but as we’re figuring this out, the four protags here encounter more those like themselves  allowing for a couple of truly funny situations, especially as assholes prove themselves to be exactly that. If in the first, it's mostly them making do as individuals, here they've banded together and formed a unit that's not quite cohesive. It's this banding together, following and the leading that chafes at each of them in a different way. Then there's the growing closeness of the romantic sort, well, let's just say it's gotten loads more complicated.

Parting shot: I. 
                         know.  
                            Nothing! Pun totally intended




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