A brief synopsis of Dark Inside: Something something survival something humanity is bad blah blah blah darkness and death and an evil something psycho killers.
Here’s the thing about me and horror: it’s not so much the content as the source that bothers me.
Which is not to say I’m not terrified by scary things, because I am. Absurdly so. But always in the back of my mind is the question: where did this come from? It has always been much more disturbing for me to know that someone, somewhere, came up with whatever horrific scene is playing out on screen or on the page. That even the most unrealistic scenarios were born in very real places, and the most horrible things we can imagine were spawned in the human mind.
So if you ask me what I find truly terrifying, I guess I would say human capacity for evil. I find that idea infinitely more disturbing than say, a zombie apocalypse.
And in a way, there were some parts that worked as a horror story because it’s about humanity unleashing their own evil upon the world. While this is obvious when a suddenly released evil takes over like 90% of the human population and causes them to become killing-machines, there is also a more subtle form. The apparently random-ass teenagers that Roberts decides to let narrate are forced to fight for their survival and put into situations where their moral compasses no longer point north, so to speak. Previously unthinkable actions become necessity. And fear causes even the most well-intentioned to do abhorrent things.
That’s about where all the good things I have to say come to end. It’s just chapter-long horror set-pieces, building up to each one and wrapping it up.
It has no plot, no point, no depth, no life. Boring. Pointless. It’s annoying when the premise of the book offers detailed plots, vibrant and relatable characters, and wild action. NOTHING. I GOT NONE OF THAT! I mean, come on! We don’t even know what caused this and how does an earthquake turn people into mindless rage-induced killers?
The list of the 6 different kinds of killers was never well-explained (and really, you made the list 7 items long by including the title of the list as #1? I hope that was corrected after this ARC). One of the characters wanted to find her brother but the others had no drive for anything and honestly I didn’t give two shits about them.