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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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