Monday, August 23, 2010

Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

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.

Inside Out is an amazing dystopian novel. I loved absolutely everything about it. The world that Maria V. Snyder created was incredible. The structure of Inside was complex and intriguing. I could not put this book down!

Trella was a very interesting character. Even though she has a tough exterior with an attitude that says she does not care about anything, I really liked her. She may be antisocial in the beginning, but she actually ends up forming some great relationships people. I liked that she was realistic from the beginning, not getting her hopes up for something she does not think exists.

Riley was another great character. His curiosity and kindness had me hooked from the moment we meet him. Although Trella is in a class well below Riley, he does not hold it against her. He actually befriends her even though he could be in serious trouble for it.

One character that I felt bad for was Cogon. I guess you could say that he is Trella's best friend, and he is a genuinely nice guy. He is nice to everyone! He takes the time to learn names, which Trella does not do. I felt bad for the way things turned out for him.

The bad guys of the book, the Travas, were overbearing. I do not know how they came to be in power, but the power got to their heads. They discarded people, especially the scrubs, like they were old newspapers. They were degrading, but I think that is what made the book so good because the Travas were so bad.

Inside Out is an awesome book. There is a huge amount of action and adventure and some violence. Trella may be the main character, but she does not get off easy. There are many times where she is injured, but she is tough. The way that Maria V. Snyder writes is mesmerizing. I could not stop reading until my eyes would not cooperate anymore. I recommend reading it especially if you like dystopian novels. If you cannot tell already, I absolutely loved this book! It was extremely interesting, and I am excited for the next book when it comes out. In addition, reading Inside Out made me a fan of Maria V. Snyder, and I look forward to reading her other books in the future.

Rating: 5/5

I am reviewing this book as a part of Dystopian August over at Presenting Lenore:

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  1. Great review Elizabeth! I loved Inside Out too. I felt bad for Cogon too. Sigh. He was such an awesome character.

  2. OMG
    I nneeeeeed to read this. I'm becoming a dystopian junkie :)