Sunday, September 26, 2010

Book Review - Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Inside Out
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Year: 2010
Page: 320
Genre: Fiction - Young Adult, Dystopian

New to me author? No
Read this author again? Maybe
Tearjerker? No
Where did it take place? US
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library

Summary (from
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.

First Sentence:
A vibration rippled through my body.
Why did I pick this book?
I read a review by Journey of Books. The premise sounds interesting. I had read another book by the same author (my review of Poison Study) and enjoyed it, so when I was in a dystopian mood, I decided to read this one.

My thoughts:
  • I like this okay - the plot, the characters... but I just don't love it
  • The plot is rather simple, and at times it dragged on a bit with not much happening
  • There were 2 twists in the story - one about the protagonist, Trella, and one about a place. The one about the place is set up for a sequel (argh not another series!) but both weren't really mind-boggling twists. At least I didn't get that "WOW" feeling.
  • Not sure if I'd read the rest of the series (the next book I think is called "Outside In", coming out next year, a rather clever sequel name!) I may just google spoilers to see what happened. This is not a bad series, just didn't make as much of an impression on me as others in the same YA dystopian genre 
 Rating: 3.5 Stars

Have you read this book? 
If you have, I would love to hear what you think! I'll link your review here if you wish!

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Young Adult


  1. I agree. This one just sorta fell flat for me. I wasn't particularly fond of Trella, but was more 'meh' about her. I didn't care all too much what happened to her, really.

    I think the premise of the story was cool, but it was all 2D. There wasn't enough attention pointed at all areas of the story and yet too much at others.

  2. @historyofshe - agreed with you completely! Kinda disappointed as I had high hopes of this one. Ah well. Guess won't be reading the rest of the series!