Pub. Date: Aug 2012 (UK) Sept 2012 (US)
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (UK) Simon & Schuster (US)
Series: Dark Inside #2
Readership: Young adult
Rage Within is the second book in the Dark Inside series, so you might not want to keep reading this review if you’ve not read the first book.
Rage Within takes place soon after the end of Dark Inside – three months after the unexpected earthquakes that shattered the world, causing death and destruction and the emergence of Baggers – murderous zombie-like people. Our four protagonists – Michael, Mason, Clementine and Aries – and other survivors, including Daniel, are living together relatively peacefully (bar Colin) in an abandoned house in Vancouver, continuing their quest to avoid becoming the Baggers’ next target. Thankfully, we’re also reacquainted with terrifying thoughts from the ominous Nothing.
Although this is a sequel, it is a very different book to Dark Inside. Rage Within focuses less on our characters’ personal stories – although this is still an important part of the plot – and their individual journeys, and is more about surviving as a collective. Yet this means we actually discover more about each person because we’re reading the thoughts and perceptions that others have of them. As ever, life is not easy post-earthquakes. It is of utmost importance to avoid getting caught, but our gang get into a few scrapes along the way. They face moral dilemmas: Can they kill child Baggers, even if they are equally as dangerous as their adult counterparts? Is it right to lead their friends into a dangerous situation, even if it’s to protect another? Is it best to stay away and hide, or to fight?
Rage Within has some truly shocking moments and fantastic twists that compel you to keep on reading. Michael, Mason, Clementine and Aries may have survived alone, but surviving together is about to get much harder – knowing who to trust is the key to staying alive.
Thank you Macmillan Children’s Books for providing this book for review!