REVIEW: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 2010)
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 already a fan of Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study series, so I was pretty confident I would enjoy this, and boy was I right! I also love dystopian fiction, so this was right up my alley! The insular world that Snyder creates in this novel is fascinating, and while I’ve never thought of myself as claustrophobic before, following Trella through narrow air ducts and crawl spaces gets a little sticky at times!

Trella begins the novel as a cynical 17 year old who keeps her head down, does her job, and also does her best to get close to as few people as possible, with the exception of Cog, who was her Care Mate while they were growing up in the Care Facility, and has remained her closest and dearest friend. In the lower levels, everything and everyone is monitored, and trouble makers are swiftly dealt with by the Population Police, aka the Pop Cops. Every scrap of clothing, food, and building material is recycled and reused and if the Pop Cops don’t stop dissenters, the threat of the Chomper most certainly will. You see, it’s not only food and clothing that’s recycled, but humans, as well.

When Trella is introduced to a “prophet” from the Upper levels named The Broken Man, the promise that a Gateway to Outside exists plants a kernel of hope in Trella’s hardened heart, and she unwittingly becomes the catalyst for a revolution, putting herself, and those she loves the most, in the gravest of danger. Is hope enough to make the ultimate sacrifice?

This was a nailbiting read! Full of heart pounding adventure and compulsively readable, Inside Out will have you turning pages long into the night! You won’t want to put it down!
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  1. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Ooo, this is a new book for me. I just saw this on someones blog yesterday and thought it sounded good but wanted to read a review of it first. thank you for the great review. 🙂 Sounds like something I just might enjoy. On the want list it goes. Thanks!

  2. Melissa-Thanks so much! It's definitely worth a read!

  3. YES! Now I finall have something to spend my Barnes and Noble Gift Card on!!! I too love Maria Snyder. I red all of her "study" series and I own her "glass" series. I can't wait to get them in the mail!!!!

    Thanks for the great review.

    AubrieAnne @

  4. Shooting Stars Mag

    Great review. I haven't read anything by Maria yet, but this does sound really interesting.


  5. Tamara Hart Heiner

    interesting. It sounds like a cross between City of Ember and Hunger Games. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. AubrieAnne-It's just great. I'll be reviewing Outside In soon, so check back!

    Lauren-Thanks so much for coming by!

    Tamara-Thanks so much for stopping by! I need to read City of Ember…it's sitting in there on my ginormous TBR pile, LOL

  7. This one does sound interesting. I love her Study & Glass series too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your blog is new to me. I love you background. 🙂

  8. Anna-Thanks so much for stopping by, and the kind words!

  9. Hey Kristin,
    I have never read this type of fiction before, but you make it sound nailbiting indeed! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my makeover. I can't wait to see what Lori does for you! By the way, I saw on your profile that you have 3 kids. So do I, two boys and a girl….plus a full time job plus I act as chauffeur and teacher….I'm sure you understand! Stop by my blog and read my post about the connection between music and books.

  10. Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    Great review!

  11. I reviewed this one last week. I gave it five-stars. Great review!

  12. Just stopping by to say hi, thanks for coming by and thanks for commenting on my WoW post!

  13. Serena @ PensiveBookeaters

    Hi Kristin! I just read Inside out and Outside in last week and I really enjoyed both! Great review and thanks for commenting on my blog, I appreciate it so so much!


  14. I've heard some good things about this novel, and it really does sound right up my alley. It's been added to my wishlist; I only hope I can get a copy soon before I die of curiosity!

  15. I have this book!! I cannot wait to read it! Thank you so much for your amazing review!!

  16. Serena-Thank you so much for coming by!

    Ria-It's pretty awesome:)

    Moonlight-Thanks for the kind words! You'll love it!

  17. I am not a dystopian fan, however, that is all the rage this year and there are a lot of the new books coming out that I want to read that are dystopian. This one sounds good. I guess maybe I do like some dystopian's after all. Your review is really good. Obviously if it makes me want to read it!


  18. Heather-It's actually not quite as dark as a lot of the dystopian fiction out there…

  19. Miss Sigh...anide in the Word Emporium

    Just bought this along with a bunch of other books. I was a little nervous because I bought it mainly on a whim, but every review I've seen for it seems to be reassuringly positive! Glad you liked it!
    Happy reading 🙂

  20. I think everyone liked this one! I can't wait to read the next one in this series. I wonder how many books there will be? For some reason, I do like the UK covers better.

  21. That last paragraph has me sold. I love fast-paced books!

  22. Small Review-You'll love it, it's a lot of fun! Looking forward to Outside In!

  23. Sounds great! I'm yet to buy Poison Study series. Will be adding this to my list as well.

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