Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Review: Inside Out

Book Details
Title: Inside Out (Harlequin Teen)
Author: Maria Snyder
Genre: YA Dystopia
Page Count: 320
Publishing Info: Harlequin, April 1, 2010

My Review
Why I read it: Dystopia challenge, had 2nd book on my e-reader for review
The Plot: Trella is a scrub--she's one of thousands of people who live and work on the lower levels of what the reader can only assume is a giant building.  The people who live in the upper levels seem to have it all.  But one day Trella is introduced to a prophet who says he has evidence for "Outside".  Even though Trella doesn't believe him, she sets out to help him find his evidence, if only to prove to her best friend that Outside doesn't exist.  That's when it gets interesting.  Without meaning to, Trella starts a rebellion.
The Characters: I liked Trella.  There were times when it was a bit frustrating as a reader because someone would have information about Trella, things she didn't even know herself, but she never wanted to hear them.  That bit of annoyance aside, Trella was a really strong, smart girl, which is always nice to see in young adult books.  The characterization was done very well in Inside Out, and you can't help but care for these characters.
The Setting: Absolutely fabulous setting.  So much of it is mysterious.  We don't really know where these characters are.  We only know they are in some type of structure that has levels.  We have no idea what it's like outside of the structure, and even though most of the characters don't even believe there is an outside, we, as readers take our suppositions into the story with us, and assume that Earth is outside--but we don't know what state the Earth is in.  It adds some psychological suspense to the story.
Who Should Read This? Fans of dystopia should really like this one. 
Final Thoughts: I tried another book by Maria Snyder one time (Storm Glass, I think it was) and didn't really care for the writing, so I gave up on it.  I'm glad I had the opportunity to give this author another try because the writing was excellent and I really enjoyed this book.  I stayed up really late to finish it, and as a mother of young kids that's something I rarely do.  It was so good that I went on to read the second one immediately.
Grade: A
Cover Thoughts: The cover is okay, although I think it could have been a little more interesting.  It does seem to be fairly eye-catching.


  1. Thanks for the review. Going to put it on my WL now. I haven't read Storm Glass, but I love her Poison Study trilogy.

    - Valerie (vprosser at pbs)

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Valerie. Poison Study is definitely on my list of books to read soon. I've heard good things about it, and I know she's a great author.

  3. I need to read this one for sure. And yes, read POISON STUDY. The rest of the series is okay, but that first book is perfect.