Book Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Inside Out
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Details: Paperback, 320 pgs.
Published: April 1st, 2010 by Harlequin
isbn: 037321006X (ISBN13: 9780373210060)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Purchased
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.

I’m a huge fan of dystopian novels.  So I’m not sure why it took me so long to get to this one.   I’m so glad I did read it though because it was excellent!
It played out where you discovered how the world worked as you read and I never felt confused.  It was actually quite simple.  It was interesting how it all worked and as Trella learned more it was great to see the secrets that were going on.  And kept us guessing at where they really were.  Is there an outside?  I was so anxious for them to figure it out!  And that really kept me turning the pages.  
I think Trella was an interesting character and she certainly grew and found more within herself through the book, but I still didn’t quite connect with her.  I’m not sure if that’s just because of her personality or because of the writing.  The thing is I didn’t really consider it too much until I sat down to write this review.  It didn’t really bother me so much.  Maybe that’s because of the way the story just is.
There are quite a few important characters in this book, so many Inside really played a role in how things went, but we never got to know any of them very well.  But once again, I didn’t really see that as a negative until I started writing this review, so I wouldn’t say it was really an issue.
There’s a touch, just a touch, of romance in this book.  I felt the connection between the two, but just slightly.  I think it’s just the beginning and we’ll see much more of this in the next book. 

This book was clean, no sex, no cursing.  There was a bit of violence, but it’s a dystopia, you have to expect some violence.  It wasn’t anything too descriptive in my opinion.

I really enjoyed this book as I was reading it.  The need to find out the whole story, and see the full picture was so strong that I dreamed about the book when I wasn’t reading, and I hadn’t even read it right before bed!  I can’t say I felt at all disappointed in the book as I read, but notice things more now that I’ve finished and look back.  It was super easy for me read, but I think there were a few parts that drug on maybe just a bit longer then I would have liked.  But to be honest, even with the negatives I really liked it and I’m super anxious to start the next book.
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  1. I’ve seen a lot of praise for these books, but for some reason I haven’t picked them up. I think it has a lot to do with all the neglected books that are already sitting on my shelf. Still, I think I’ll to check this one (and probably the sequel) out in the future. I love a good dystopian and it sounds like Maria V. Snyder has created one with this series. Great review!

  2. Hm I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up either although I’ve seen it around everywhere. Although you loved it and your wrote an awesome review I’m still not sure. You said there is not so much romance…? But maybe I’d just need to get over it and read it already…

    I’m glad you liked it!!!!!

  3. I read this one awhile back as well and loved it! I’m a big fan of Maria V. Snyder so I read all her books! The second one was really good as well, but there’s no news of a third one yet due to sale! :(

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