Monday, January 13, 2014

Review: The War Inside by M. Kircher

Goodreads Summary:

The end of the world is only just the beginning. So eighteen-year-old Thea discovers when her solitary life on a dying Earth is shattered by a mysterious dream, a devastating choice, and a strange gift that propels her on a journey towards the restoration of all mankind.

Thea is bitter and alone; a perfect embodiment of the sunless, cloud-covered Earth she inhabits. A terrifying dream convinces her to save the life of an injured girl, and despite her misgivings, Thea decides to rescue sixteen-year old Viviana. She soon learns that gentle Viv has a life-threatening infection, as well as a freakish patch of glowing skin over her heart. When this light spreads to Thea, she is forced to trust Caden, an arrogant, lazy, and annoyingly handsome boy she despises. Caden has a map to the last city on Earth, and the only place that might have a cure for both Viv’s infection and the strange light on Thea’s hands. As the trio embark on a journey through the barren wilderness, Thea and Caden try to fight their mounting attraction and discover that the light is not a curse, but a powerful gift meant to heal the polluted Earth and reconnect the remnants of humanity. What they don't know is that deadly shadows watch them, waiting for the chance to make sure that humans stay in the darkness forever.

Publication Date: July 28, 2013

This was a great dystopian based around an original premise. It was fun becoming immersed in the world Thea and her friends live in and following along on her journey. I believe this is the author’s debut and I would definitely consider her one to watch.

Thea definitely grew on me and I believe that stronger female characters are often harder to connect with at the start of books. Thea has her defenses in place and it was nice to see these defenses slowly chipped away at as the story progressed. I liked her relationships with the other characters, especially with Caden and Viv. I almost wished the author made Viv younger because at times she didn’t seem quite like a 16 year old.

World building was exceptional and the author really took her time to make sure the reader could visualize the harsh world Thea lives in.  Many of the descriptions painted a vivid picture of the environment. By mid-point, the novel really picked up and there was more action.

I think the strength of the novel lies in the idea behind it: environmental damage occurred due to society’s reliance on technology. With everyone going online and living in virtual worlds, the actual world collapsed around them. With the way things are today, I could easily see things heading in this direction.

Fans of YA dystopians will definitely enjoy this unique and imaginative tale.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Thanks to the author for a copy of this novel for review!


  1. Hi Heather! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing :) - M.

  2. I love novels with great world building. Sounds like a winner. :) You've written an awesome review, Heather! Thanks so much for sharing with us :) WRITE ON!