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Outside In

Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

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.

3 Stars

After loving Inside Out, I was a little disappointed with this one.

The Good:

The characterization continued to be realistic. Trella continued to struggle with her selfishness and how her decisions affected others. Other characters got realistically frustrated with her and tried to set her straight (she eventually came around). Also, Snyder did a good job keeping me just as confused as Trella was in some places (which is a good thing). The plot is very fast-paced and there’s a lot to keep straight, which I enjoyed but might not be for everyone.

The Bad:

The romance took a dive. I was looking forward to seeing how Trella and Riley’s relationship would progress as they actually got to know each other. However, instead, their relationship just got more physical. (Although the scenes weren’t incredibly explicit, I didn’t feel they were necessary. To me, physical attraction, while alright and even necessary to a point, isn’t what makes a lasting or believable relationship.) I was disappointed in how little time they spent getting to know each other. Their relationship became rather flat, superficial to me. (And I had such high hopes for this one…) Also, I’m not sure how Trella managed to do everything when she was constantly being injured and put in the infirmary o_O

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in 3 Stars, Reviews


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Inside Out

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Keep Your Head Down.
Don’t Get Noticed.
Or Else.
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.

4 Stars

First of all… wow! This is definitely going on my list as one of my top favorite dystopian novels. Not quite up to Hunger Games but really close. Note: this may contain slight spoilers.

The Good:

Trella was a complex and interesting character. Enough flaws to make her frustrating at times, but she eventually realizes her selfishness. (Maybe that’s just satisfying after my class on Shakespeare and having the mantra “know thyself” repeated endlessly…) I could sympathize with her excessive need for solitude. She has spunk and a backbone, which is nice in a female protagonist. Her reaction to the woman who is possibly her mother was true to her character.
The supporting characters were all interesting in their own ways, even through the lens of suspicious Trella. The relationship between Trella and Riley doesn’t seem too forced. I despise the insta-love that seems to be so popular, so the fact that they didn’t vow their undying love for each other by the end was a relief.
The plot line is launched pretty much from the get go and keeps up a brisk pace. Time is handled well throughout. She also weaves in her background information “dumps” in an unobtrusive way without it sounding forced.

The Not So Good:

It’s not that the ending wasn’t good, but it seemed like there were too many surprise near-endings. Maybe that was just me wanting to know how it ends, though. There were also some really obvious clues, which meant no real surprise at times, though there were enough surprises to keep me turning the pages. Also not so good: I’m still waiting for the library to get the next book in.

Caution to younger readers: There is a lot of violence and some torture involved. However, it isn’t explicitly described.

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in 4 Stars, Reviews


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