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)