Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Inside Out (Insider #1) by Maria V. Snyder
Synopsis (Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts: I picked up this book on a whim, knowing pretty much nothing about it other than the synopsis sounded interesting. I ended up having so much fun with it! As an added plus, I actually figured out the mystery behind Gateway before it was spelled out for us. That makes me feel accomplished.

Trella was a interesting character. I didn't always like her attitude or her reasoning on some of the things she did, but I could see where she was coming from. She's a loner who can't handle the masses of scrubs on the lower levels and who doesn't fit in. She hides out in the pipes and she steers clear of entanglements. Did her bitterness at finding out she was the abandoned child of an Upper get to me? Yes. She knows so little of life in the upper levels that she jumps to all the wrong conclusions. She's angry. I was totally behind that. *I'd* be angry in her shoes. Yet... she does what she needs to do to get the job done.

This is a wonderfully dark, almost claustrophobic, dystopian. The world they live in is so narrow and compacted. The people in charge are harsh and unforgiving. Trella's escape into the pipes and the Gap opens up the scope of the world a bit but it's creepy that there's nowhere to hide and there's so little privacy.

Honestly, I'm eyeballing book 2 now because I really like where this one ended and I want to know more. MOAR!

Books in this series
1. Inside Out - Paperback | Kindle
2. Outside In

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12 comments:

  1. I need to read more Maria V. Snyder. I read Poison Study last year and really liked it. Hmm...

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    1. This is the first book I've read by her but I *really* liked it.

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  2. I was gifted this book a while back and still haven't read it. I'm glad to hear it's dark and gritty.

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  3. This is definitely reassuring for someone who say loves everything by Maria V. Snyder *waves hands around*. I still have to try this series, but if the heroine is that cool then I say WHAT THE HECK AM I WAITING FOR?

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    1. I haven't read any other books by her so I don't know how it compares, but I really enjoyed this one!

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  4. I loved these too! Very different from the Poison Study series!

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  5. Snyder is on my TBR pile. I'm glad to hear she is living up to her reputation. I'm hoping to get to Poison Study soon.

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    1. I just read the synopsis for Poison Study and I'm all O.O now. Sounds goooooood.

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  6. I bought this book last year! It was both books in one volume -- I can't wait to read it! I was a little meh about Maria's Study series ... loved the first 2, but didn't like the third, so maybe since this is only two, I'll like them. :) We'll see! Great review!

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    1. I honestly enjoyed it. It was fun and fast paced. I want to read book 2 at some point.

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