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Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

May 6th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Downloaded for review from NetGalley

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from 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? Not like it’s all that dangerous – the only neck I risk is my own. Until I accidently start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution. I should have just said no…

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first picked this book up.  I’ve only read Snyder’s Storm Glass and heard great things about her Study series but this story sounded so different from those two series.  If you enjoy dystopia’s I think this is a nice book to add to the list.  The first half was solid but not “I can’t put the book down” and the second half really had me hooked.  I think one of the greatest parts of this book is seeing the transformation Trella’s character goes through in how she views her fellow scrubs, the uppers and herself.  The supporting cast of characters are also great.  Each person has to face the prejudices they hold about the Uppers and the Scrubs and see past the propaganda they have been fed about each other in order to find out the truth about the world they are living in.  And call me cheesy but I really enjoyed the relationship between Trella and Riley and how they use mama sheep and baby sheep to push past some awkwardness (yes, you need to read it to understand). LOL.  Probably the only minor issue I had was keeping track of the time units in the book.  I was never good at math and started losing track of how long their “weeks”, “centiweeks”, etc was so I had no real idea of how old these characters were or how long this “world” had been in existence.  Other than that I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Elie N

    Good review. This sounds like a book I read by O. McGann and that movie City of Ember. Thanks for sharing.

  2. zia

    The “centiweeks” confused the heck out of me too. I never could figure the time out while reading, but I did enjoy the book.

  3. dsuzuki

    Elie-I haven’t seen City of Ember so will have to check it out.
    Zia-yes, I finally gave up on the time thing. :)

  4. kay

    Great review! I agree with you, the second half had a lot more going on than the first and hooked me too! And the time units were a bit confusing, I had to write it down on paper to get a hold of it.

  5. Jess.

    This sounds like something I would totally pick up. I’m not looking forward to trying to figure out the time line though, I’m clueless when it comes to keeping track of stuff like that.

    Oh and City of Ember … worth watching!

  6. dsuzuki

    Kay-lol. You are good for trying to figure it out. At first I was thinking she was like 15 or 16 then in her twenties. I never really figured it out.
    Jess-Thanks! I will have to go add that movie to our netflix queue. Hope you enjoy this book.

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