Rage Within

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“Galloping suspense dominates this riveting sequel to the post-apocalyptic Dark Inside” (Kirkus Reviews) as four teens continue the struggle for survival in a world gone mad.

Aries, Clementine, Michael, and Mason 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 fellow ...

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Overview

“Galloping suspense dominates this riveting sequel to the post-apocalyptic Dark Inside” (Kirkus Reviews) as four teens continue the struggle for survival in a world gone mad.

Aries, Clementine, Michael, and Mason 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 fellow teen survivors, 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, assuming he’s alive. Michael is 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, these four teens will have to trust and rely on each other in order to survive.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Galloping suspense dominates this riveting sequel to post-apocalyptic Dark Inside...Roberts amps the tension in nearly every chapter, leaving cliffhangers throughout and returning to resolve them with yet more drama. Narration alternates chapter by chapter among the characters, shifting focus constantly and finally weaving several threads of the plotline together. Pulse-pounding tension."—Kirkus Reviews
VOYA - Kaitlin Connors
Before the earthquakes, there were warning signs so seemingly insignificant that when the end finally came, everyone was taken by surprise. Then the earthquakes came, and the Baggers now rule the world. With black veiny eyes, these former humans turned ruthless monsters follow the voices in their heads directing them to re-create the world. The remaining human survivors hide in empty houses and buildings, gathering supplies from abandoned stores. With limited weapons and provisions, the humans must struggle to resist the new world order. Rage Within follows Michael, Mason, Clementine, Aries, and their friends as they fight off Baggers from a safe house in Vancouver. Chapters alternate between these characters and the foreboding "Nothing." The shifting perspectives help build suspense but can also be confusing at times, as character details and their histories begin to jumble. However, this is an interesting take on the postapocalyptic setting. The Baggers are not typical zombie figures, as they retain human qualities and are still living. This is a key element in the plot of the novel and works as a tool to further build tension between the characters. Readers who enjoy this type of science fiction will most likely enjoy the story, and the ending leaves room for a sequel, offering a chance for more character and overall story development. At times graphically violent, this is a title best suited for mature readers. Reviewer: Kaitlin Connors
Kirkus Reviews
Galloping suspense dominates this riveting sequel to post-apocalyptic Dark Inside (2011). Those new to the series should begin with the first book, as this one picks up where it left off. After worldwide devastating earthquakes, a large part of humanity has succumbed to the dark side and are united in savagery to kill those unaffected people who remain. Called "Baggers" by Aries and her friends, they're identified by the black veins in their eyes. Aries still leads the teens in her group after they have successfully made their way to Vancouver, where they have found a safe house. Tensions develop within the group as they make forays into the city, attempting to rescue others. Michael and Clementine scour the campus of the University of British Columbia, searching for her brother Heath. The Baggers have captured Mason and Daniel, the strange boy Aries secretly loves. Much of the action arises when the group tries to free them, assisted by an appealing new character, Raj, a chemistry student whose knowledge proves valuable. Roberts amps the tension in nearly every chapter, leaving cliffhangers throughout and returning to resolve them with yet more drama. Narration alternates chapter by chapter among the characters, shifting focus constantly and finally weaving several threads of the plotline together. Pulse-pounding tension. (Post-apocalyptic suspense. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442423558
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 192,896
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeyn Roberts is the author of Dark Inside and Rage Within. Her first story was published in a middle-grade anthology called Let Me Tell You when she was sixteen. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in writing and psychology and received her MA from the prestigious creative writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier, and tree planter. She lives in Canada.

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NOTHING

Greetings and salutations.

I know you missed me.

I missed me too.

What can I say? I’ve been around. I’ve been seeing everything. Slinking through the streets. Crawling through the train tunnels. Walking across water with my eyes alight with fire. Licking the crud off spoons and picking at the chewing gum on my shoes.

None of it really matters. They’ve left me alone for now, but I know those days are ending. The Baggers want me back. They dropped their apron strings for a split second and the naughty child bolted into the wilderness. They won’t make the same mistake again. I hear them calling me. Now they’re starting to look. I’m on their radar. Eventually they will find me and drag me back by my heels.

And things will change.

In a blink of an eye, history will repeat itself. Remember, we’ve been through this before. From the moment mankind stepped out of the primordial ooze, they’ve been here to keep us in our places. Obviously a select few lived to tell the tale; otherwise we wouldn’t be here now. But how many of us are going to survive this round?

Tick, tock. Tick, tock.

Time is running out.

If a tree falls in the middle of the city, does anyone notice? Do they hear the creaking of the wood? Do they witness the leaves shaking above them? Do they sense the desperation or feel the sudden gush of wind against their faces?

That one great second before gravity takes over and what was once magnificent becomes nothing but lumber.

Timber!

Or do they just go about their daily chores, continue on to work with their lattes in hand, iPods blaring, BlackBerrys ringing, ignoring everything they’ve witnessed?

There were warnings. There are always warnings. But we missed them. We chose not to see. We didn’t believe.

And now we are finished.

Game Over.

The Baggers are gathering their armies around the world. They are taking back the cities, rebuilding civilization according to their terms. They have ideas. You wouldn’t like them.

Now humans are considered a virus. A mutation. A disease. They need to be removed from this world. The Baggers will control those who are left, to make sure humans don’t revert back to their own nasty ways.

I wake up sometimes in the dead of night. A panic I can’t explain from a dream I can’t remember. Is this my life? Am I destined to spend the remaining days wondering what is real and what is a nightmare?

Who am I?

I am Nothing.

Am I?

Or am I the one they’ve grown to trust?

I want to be the one she wakes up to when the morning sun nuzzles her pillow. I want to walk along the seawall with her, holding hands and exchanging gentle glances. I want to hide her away in a castle or a log cabin where she’ll be safe and nothing can ever make her cry again.

But I’m more likely to be the one who holds the knife against her skin.

Tick, tock. Tick, tock.

What happens next? Your guess is as good as mine.

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    The second book in the series and all I have to say is wow! Jey

    The second book in the series and all I have to say is wow!

    Jeyn Roberts has kept the same thriller descriptions to bring chaos and death to a world gone wrong. Throughout the book I just kept thinking how disturbing the whole story is… so I would say Roberts has been successful in portraying what she wanted! In this book it is clear how much rage the ‘Baggers’ have within them as the violence is as gruesome as ever. I admire how Roberts has written these scenes because she has portrayed them in detail to create a vivid image in the reader’s mind to bring it to life, again disturbing, but clearly done.

    We carry on following the lives of Michael, Aries, Mason and Clementine and the adventures they have to face along the way. Working together they have to become tougher and less humane to survive in a world without water, heat, food and essentials. And what is the mysterious ‘Nothing’ chapter title that keeps coming up? Prepare to become engaged into a world of violence, secrecy, death and lies.

    A book not for the faint hearted… or late night readers!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    The book was awesome

    This book was awesome it was hard to put down. I really liked it more than dark inside. I looked up to see if there will be a third book but couldnt find anything. I really hope there is because it leaves you on a cliffhanger. If there isnt then it would be pointless to make this series. Its obvious that there should be a third book coming out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Wow!!!

    Hard to put down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Y

    Is there gonna be a next book?? I really liked this one!
    ** possible spoiler- dont read this pqrt if you are considering buying this book
    I knew from the begining that Daniel was a bagger!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Wow

    Great,suspenseful and daring. Anyone know when the next one is coming out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    WOW

    Tbhis book is amazing you really should get it if ur a fan of the hunger games this book just made want to read it every second of my life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Disturbing

    One sick minded author! I cannot believe that I suffered through two of her books hoping the plot would get better. There were no surprises in Dark Inside or Rage Within, just a lot of violence and gore. Not my idea of entertainment.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    K

    The first so far is sooooo goood i love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    First of all this series is amazing and has instantly become one

    First of all this series is amazing and has instantly become one of my favorites. Seeing the characters brought together and their new struggle to survive as a family brings new problems and even more questions. However, old questions have found some answers. I loved reading this book and I got completely lost in it. I finished it in one day and it left me wanting to read the third one right away. Like someone said in the comments below, the character development is just exceptional. I loved Aries from the beginning and seeing her struggle in this book and becoming the leader she has always been made me love her more. All the characters are extraordinary and I can't wait for more from Jeyn Roberts. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Read the book before this one.

    I hope it is good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Beautiful

    Truly the best books that i have ever read. I hope that there will be a third book. This is also one of the only books that has truly frightened me. I highly reccomend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Incredible

    Amazing as the second book but better LOVE IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Had to leave a review on this one. "Dark Inside" easil

    Had to leave a review on this one. "Dark Inside" easily became one of my favorite books after I read it, and I waited months for Rage Within to come out, my expectations high. This book went above and beyond everything I expected it to be. 

    The book is told from four points of view: Mason, Aries, Michael, and Clementine, just like the last one. However, alll of the characters have been brought together and are hiding away from the Baggers in a safe house. I enjoyed reading about the characters having to put aside their differences to work together to survive. One of my favorite things in the book is the character development. Mason was my least favorite to read about in the first book, but Jeyn Roberts developed him so much in this book that he instantly became one of my favorites. I also loved the new characters introuduced and, like I said, how the old characters were expanded upon.

    Not only were the characters developed more, but their relationships were, too. I felt Aries's pain when (Spoiler alert!) Nathan died, and I liked the new romantic feelings between Mason and Aries. I'm also curious to see what will happen between Daniel and Aries in the next book, considering that the book didn't really tell how Aries felt about Daniel in the end.

    Finally, the action was neverending. This book will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat and you won't be able to stop reading. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Spoiler alert

    I knew from the first book they would meet and that daniel was a bagger. Its better to read the first book b4 the second.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Not as good as the first...but still good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Worth the read

    Action packed. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Must wait again

    Still waiting for answers after reading Rage Within. I enjoyed the pre-quel, but the sequel was just "ok". I would probably buy the third book just to see if Ms Roberts answers the rage" question - "why are these people so angry & what made them this way". The book jumps around alot and can be confusing seeing as how you don't really know or care who the author's focused on. Hoping the next book is better?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Loved it.

    Loved it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    This book supposedly came out today Sept 4th, yet it was not in

    This book supposedly came out today Sept 4th, yet it was not in the store. Can somebody please explain that???

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    an expertly delivered sequel

    Oof. Devastated. Uplifted. All of it. Everything I hoped for. More, really.

    Deft, thought provoking, illuminating, full of fragile hope and endless heartbreak.

    RAGE WITHIN picks up pretty much where DARK INSIDE leaves off, with Michael, Mason, Clem, and Aries (along with their small group of survivors) still figuring out how to stay alive in the new, Bagger-run world. As with the first installment of the series, the characters are believable and well-rounded, with honest motivations and the endless need to question what's right and what's wrong.

    I absolutely LOVED the author's decision to begin the novel with several snippets - some from our characters, some from strangers - of events that preceeded the apocalyptic earthquakes and emergence of the evil within humanity. It's terrifying, really, when events that we experience every day are described as the quiet precursors to a mass implosion of society.

    There are some new characters, all of which I enjoyed, but the pages written from Nothing's POV are still the ones that punch me in the gut, that twist my heart, and that whisper truths about people, what they're capable of - be it giving in to their desires or fighting them. While the rest of the novel exceeded expectations, the Nothing chapters blew me away. Again.

    I will say that when we learn Nothing's identity in RAGE WITHIN, I wasn't surprised. What makes Jeyn such a great writer, though, is that even though I had guessed correctly, the scene in which the characters learn who among them is a betrayer still made me sick to my stomach. He or She brings a new angle, a new idea to the DARK INSIDE story, one I'll be quite curious to follow in the coming installment.

    I've certainly made no secret of the fact that DARK INSIDE was my favorite genre YA of 2011, and RAGE WITHIN ranks in the same position among my 2012 reads. I love this series because it forces the reader to examine not only the world and its terrifying inhabitants in the book, but how they might relate to the one we live in, the people we live among.

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