Review: Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

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Review: Outside In by Maria V. SnyderOutside In by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Inside Out #2
Also by this author: Inside Out, Fire Study, Shadow Study, A Spear of Summer Grass
Published by Harlequin on 2011-03-01
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Me?A leader?Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew.That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion—between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again—while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside.And something from Outside wants In.

FYI this review contains spoilers for Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder, so if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do so and then come back here.

Friends, I bow to the greatness that is the writing of Maria V. Snyder. I will admit, I was nervous when I first read Inside Out because a few friends had read it, but didn’t really enjoy it. Then I read inside out and fell in love with Trella and Sheepy and Riley. However, I wasn’t really sure where Snyder could take the story. I certainly didn’t think the story could continue with the same characters, because the ship was scheduled to land like 100 years after Trella dies. I guess I should just learn my lesson, never doubt the creativity of an author to come up with a story and a fantastic follow-up.

Outside In takes place a few weeks after Inside Out. The Force of Sheep Rebellion was successful and there is a committee in charge of Inside. The scrubs are no longer forced to work for the uppers. Trella believes her job as leader is done, and she would rather retire, it seems. However, all is not perfect in Inside. The scrubs are resentful of the uppers. Then, well, everything the sheep of rebellion worked for hangs in the balance.

GUYS this book is just as edge of your seat as Inside Out. But even worse. Like, okay with Inside Out, I was pretty sure things would turn out alright, because well, that’s how most books work, but the journey was awesome. I got nervous quite a bit during Outside In, and well, the three times I took it to the gym, I was totally engrossed in it, even when the HR dude from work was trying to say hi and I just sort of ignored it, because I was imagining the pipes and world of Inside.

While the Inside Out/Outside In books aren’t as excellent as Snyder’s Study series, they are still fabulous. And I think they are good books to start if you haven’t read Snyder before, then you can work your way through her works. Seriously, this author weaves her words masterfully (lololol I am cliche too!). SO if you are looking for great revolution space ship dystopia with sheeps and romance, although not romancing sheep, then holy hell get your hands on these books!

Also, sidebar: the cover that I chose is the one goodreads lists as the MIRA imprint cover which I like much more than the Harlequin Teen imprint cover. This one just looks more polished to me.

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  1. A bit off topic for this post, but I read one of your others earlier today, and then went on to peruse your blog without commenting. As I can’t remember the title of that particular post, I’m going to put my comment here.

    I just wanted to say that I agree with you about people posting “negative” reviews to books. If I spend money and/or time on a book, then I am within my rights to hate it if it either doesn’t live up to my expectations or if the content is particularly off-putting. The same holds true for reviewers at any level from NYT to the fourteen year old book reader who has her own blog.

    The idea that you should only give positive reviews is so far beyond my scope that it amazes me every time I hear it (and I’ve heard it quite a few times on writers’ boards). Why wouldn’t I want to warn someone if a given book was historically inaccurate, poorly written or full of errors? And why wouldn’t I want to warn others that the content of the book isn’t at all what it’s presented as?

    What some people don’t realize is that users on sites like Amazon have twigged to the habit of overly-kind reviews and skip them in favor of the mid-range to low ones because they expect those to be the only “honest” representations of what’s in the book.

  2. Great review! 😀 I’m so happy you liked it! I really liked this sequel as well, and I love her Poison Study series.

  3. I really like this series, too – posted my review of Outside In today, also – but didn’t think this one was as strong as the first. The ending seemed rushed to me. Still enjoyed it, though, and will definitely be onboard for any further Trella adventures.


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