Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

This book is complex. It's a little confusing to start (especially due to the fact that there isn't a map of Inside in the book) but as you read it gets easier to understand. The story follows the typical Dystopian formula, but that doesn't detract from the amazing setting and world building. The thing I liked about this book over a lot of the other Dystopians I've read is the fact that the main character isn't the only person getting things done. As the book progresses, you can sense the growing tension in all of the characters and the payoff is very satisfying. There's a tiny cliffhanger, but the sequel is already out, so no waiting!

Recommended if you like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Across the Universe



  1. I forgot how crazy-intense the cover model's eyes are! Holy close-up! :P

    I don't read a lot of dystopia, so I can't really say whether your comment is true about work gets done by more people besides the main character - but I think I'll start paying more attention if that is the case (or not the case)! I wonder why that would be...

    I liked Inside Out and how it ended up. Have you read Outside In yet? I liked how the sequel addressed how not-quite-perfect the happy ending of Inside Out is!

  2. I haven't read the sequel yet. I got this one from my library, so I don't know when I'll be able to read Outside In. I really want to though.

    *spoilers for Inside Out*
    The main thing I was talking about with the work/supporting characters was the Scrubs involvement in hiding/aiding Trella. Also the uprising toward the end. Most dystopians have the main character bringing down the opposing force alone with very little outside help.

  3. I need to get a copy of this and read it. I read Poison Study a little while ago and LOVED it and I have a copy of Outside In. I think I can handle getting through it without a map, since I'm a little irksome when it comes to maps in books. We'll see... Thanks so much for the review!



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