Saturday, January 22, 2011

Inside Out

Review: Inside Out - Maria V Snyder

Release Date: April 1st, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 315
Rating: ★★★★★

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.     

     Let me start off by saying that this is probably my favourite book, of all the books I've read this year. Given that I've only read six books so far, it wasn't too difficult for Inside Out to steal the top spot.

     I absolutely adored this, so, much. I'm not even joking when I tell you that the night I finished this book, I was literally lying in bed wondering what it would be like to sneak through the pipes of Inside, just like Trella did. Trella, along with hundreds of other scrubs, live in the Inside. The Inside is a place...I'm not sure I can call it a building...divided into four levels. Those four levels are then split in half, dividing the people into the Uppers and the Lowers. The lower levels are overcrowded with, of course, scrubs. The scrubs are basically there to keep the Upper levels maintained, working long shifts and their jobs, which vary from kitchen work to handling the waste. Trella works cleaning the pipes.

     Trella is a lonesome character and basically starts off hating 99.9 percent of the population she finds herself surrounded in. That's why she gained the nickname Queen of The Pipes-it refers to the fact that she's always hiding away in the pipes, keeping to herself, not conversing with anyone except for her bestfriend Cog.

     I'm going to stop summarizing before I give anything away, but I really loved everything about this book. The characters: from Trella, to Riley *swoons*, to LC Karla, every character was wonderfully written. Trella even reminded me of Katniss, their strength and neverending desire to do the impossible. I loved it. It was crafted with well thought out problems, like finding Gateway, and trying to find a way to outsmart the Uppers.
     I didn't think that Snyder would be able to write such a great relationship between Trella and Riley, not because she's not good at writing (she's obviously amazing) but because in the recent YA novels with hints of romance, there was a lack of progression-which didn't seem to be a problem at all in this novel.

    All in all, it was a wonderful novel. It was the first book I read by Maria V Snyder and it won't be the last especially since...OUTSIDE IN (THE SEQUEL) COMES OUT FEBUARY 15TH! I'm definitely getting that the minute it's released. Five stars for this one, I definitely suggest it.


  1. Looks really cool !! now i wanted it but i can't since im not from USA :( ! But i'll try to buy it from amazon . thanks for the review .

  2. This looks interesting; I may have to read it. Is it a dystopian book? It kind of looks like it, but I can't quite tell.

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