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Inside Out (Harlequin Teen)

A book by Maria V. Snyder

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Dystopian science fiction - yes please!

  • Aug 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. Now she's involved in a scheme that could be way over her head and will likely get her killed, but still, this girl who's used to only looking out for herself isn't giving up yet. The reward of Gateway may be too great.

Snyder is probably one of my favorite writers because I can always count on her to give me tons of addictive action. I was absolutely thrilled with Inside Out. Instead of the more fantasy-like world presented in Poison Study and Storm Glass, Inside Out seems to be a dystopian science fiction. Snyder portrays her new world well, particularly the social constructs. It's very easy to get accustomed to all the peculiarities and details specific to Trella's world, which is relief because it makes it all the more easier for the reader to get into the actual story. Snyder does not disappoint by delivering lots of danger, action, and a hint of romance. I have a few theories about Snyder's new creations in Inside Out, and I absolutely cannot wait to see which ones turn out to be right in the sequel, Outside In.

Fans of Snyder's writing in Poison Study and Storm Glass will not want to miss Inside Out, nor will those who enjoyed The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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review by . May 16, 2010
...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 …
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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