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Buy the Book • Also by this author: Outside In, Fire Study, Shadow Study
Published by Harlequin on 2010-04-01
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
"Imagine every space in this room filled with people. Constantly being jostled and pushed. In the lower levels there is no quiet place. No peace. To a scrub, this room is paradise."
I drew a deep breath. I'd spoken more in one burst to this stranger whose room I'd invaded than anyone else in weeks. And with a single word he could alert the Pop Cops and send me to the Chomper. We stared at each other for a few heartbeats.
Before I could retreat he said, "My name's Riley Narelle Ashon. Any time you need peace, you're welcome to use my hideaway."
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.
I am so glad I had low expectations for Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder, because it blew my mind. I often set the bar high for books that I read and wind up disappointed, so I was quite pleased when the opposite proved true while reading Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder.
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder is a dystopia which takes place basically in this huge building structure. I can’t tell you what the structure is because that would be giving away so many spoilers. But if you aren’t slow you’ll probably figure it out much faster than me. Trella is a scrub which means she cleans the pipes of the building for the uppers. Everything changes in Trella’s world when an upper is banished to the lower levels. No, they don’t fall in love. The society is fascinating, as is how the people are controlled based upon population, rights, and how much living space each gets.
You all know how much of a stickler I am for characters. Trella is exactly what I like in a protagonist. She is headstrong. She makes her own decisions and sticks to them. She’s also a loner, which I am able to relate to at times. I loved watching Trella grow and change throughout Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. Honestly, she drives the story, her words will pull you in. Inside Out is told in first person, and will grip you until the very last page.
Also, can we just talk about Riley super quick? Riley is a secondary character, and ahhh, awesome. He’s kind, smart, and there’s a scene with a stuffed animal which made me love him, you know in the way that you can fall for certain characters.
If you like the sociology of Mistborn, then you’ll most likely enjoy Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder. If you’re a sucker for revolution and uprisings and class conflict, then bro, you need this book. The pacing is super fast. Inside Out will keep you up all night turning pages, plus it will make the wait for Mockingjay go by much faster.
Other reviews of Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder:
Inside Out (Book One)
Outside In (Book Two)