Rage Within

Rage Within

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by Jeyn Roberts
     
 

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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

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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 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

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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"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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442423541
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
357
Sales rank:
377,881
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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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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"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

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