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Inside Out (Harlequin Teen)

A book by Maria V. Snyder

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When You're a Scrub Like Trella...

  • May 16, 2010
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+3
...you do your job for ten hours, are off for ten hours, and then do your job for ten hours...for life. That's it, that's all there is to look forward to as you manuever through overcrowded sleeping quarters, overcrowded halls, overcrowded cafeterias and dodge the Pop Cops, those people from the Uppers who are assigned to control the Scrubs. For Trella it's easier to be a loner among the many; that is, until the day a "prophet" named Broken Man arrives on the lower levels of Inside and her friend Cogon becomes convinced that he's the key to finding Gateway...the door to Outside and a means to freedom for all. Though Trella's convinced no such thing exists, her expertise in traveling through the vents and pipes of Inside make her a prime candidate to find the disks Broken Man says contain the information that would bring a new life for the Scrubs.

Inside Out is not a standard young adult novel; set in an unfamiliar world where everyone knows his/her place in life and all are encapsulated inside a large building of four levels, Inside Out is action filled as Trella navigates through vents and Gaps, unwittingly becoming a symbol for a Scrub rebellion that's been brewing for a long time. There is indeed a touch of romance as she meets Riley, a member of the Uppers who is willing to help her when Cogon is arrested. But there's so much more going on: Trella's discovery that she herself was born an Upper but was sent as a baby to the Care Facility for Scrubs, a menacing LC Karla, who is determined to implicate Trella in Broken Man's disappearance, and the sense of community that develops when the Scrubs begin to realize that they do indeed have a voice.

Snyder does an excellent job creating the world in which Trella lives, and her descriptions of the areas Trella climbs are both creepy yet compelling. There is a sense of desperation and becoming who you are meant to be throughout the novel, but there is also a good deal of "techno" (or Tech No) stuff going on. I will say that the pacing is kinda off at times; sometimes it seems forever for a scene to play out and then other scenes wrap up much too quickly (particularly the final five pages or so). I liked the twists, and I loved how Trella's being forced to take a lead role made her take a deeper look at her own life. I'm eager for the next installment in the series because there are a couple of big cliffhangers that have me impatient. I would actually give this novel a solid 4.5 stars and can recommend it for those who like young adult, sci-fi, and just plain good ole tales.

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review by . August 23, 2010
Trella is a scrub. She is one of the many thousands who work in the lower levels, cleaning and performing all the other necessary duties to keep the levels functioning. She does what she's told to--most of the time, at least. What most of her fellow scrubs and especially the Pop Cops don't know is that Trella likes to use pipes to sneak around the Upper levels, where most scrubs aren't authorized to go. She doesn't take any risks except for this, until she makes the rash decision to save a prophet. …
review by . April 03, 2010
I find myself entranced by genre. Who doesn't want to immerse themselves in the bitter dreams of a dark future? To see things how they could be if we don't shape up. First I was sucked in by Westerfeld, than I was blown away by Collins... and now Snyder has put the icing on a big dystopian cake with Inside Out. Inside Out is a fantastic addition to the trendy new dystopian genre. You really need to read this book, but first get your crash helmet, because it is one intense ride.    REVIEW: …
review by . March 22, 2010
For anyone who has read her Study (Yelena) or Glass (Opal) books, this will be a different experience for you. Its not a fantasy based archetype--it more strongly resembles a dystopian futuristic archetype and has been written specifically for the teen market. This isn't to say that Snyder 'dumbed down' the writing because its meant for the teen market, she instead took things from a different perspective. Whereas many of Yelena's or Opal's acquaintances had experiences that they had to catch up …
review by . March 20, 2010
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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.

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ISBN-10: 037321006X
ISBN-13: 978-0373210060
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin
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