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: Trella is a scrub, destined for the entirety of her life to clean the innards of her home, Inside. Raised by a Care Giver with nine other children, families are illegal for Scrubs. But that is ok for Trella, she doesn't like Scrubs that much, she doesn't like Uppers that much either though. Uppers are the people that live in the Upper levels, the ones that get the private rooms, and all the good food. Trella is content to hide away in the pipes, exploring and only coming out when she is hungry. If it weren't for her only friend Cogon, Trella would be absolutely alone.
On a whim to prove a prophet wrong, Trella finds herself in a sticky situation. Now people are looking to her for guidance and she may have set things into motion that could change everything things in Inside. The girl that just wanted to be alone, now finds that people are relying on her, relying on her to change their lives and free them from a life of slavery that they didn't even realize until now they were living.
Inside Out is a great example of dystopian fiction. Trella's character, while not the most lovable creature I've read about, is a force to be reckoned with and extremely enjoyable to read. The plot is fast paced and constantly keeping you on your toes. One thing after another is thrown at you and I just had to stay up and finish this book because I couldn't take the suspense.
There were only a few downers, one of which is that I had the mystery pegged at about halfway through the book, which I hate doing. Also, while the Travas (the policing/bad/evil overlords) seemed to be omnipotent in their control over Inside, they were also very easy to distract and battle at some points and then over powering in their undeafatableness (new PJ word) at others. I believe what Snyder was trying to portray though was they were thought to be all-powerful from misconceptions and lies... but it got a little shaky at points. But this was so minor, so so minor compared to the rest of the novel. I just can't rave and rave without saying something.
RECOMMENDATIONS: A bit of violence is all you are going to encounter in this novel. Nothing for parents to be that concerned with. The topics are a tad deep which younger teens might not be able to get into that well. 15+ fans of dystopian a must. Scifi fans will also very much enjoy. A very good introduction to the dystopian genre.
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. … more
...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 … more
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 … more
Review courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.[...] INSIDE OUT is the perfect example (at least for me anyway) of why you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. This cover didn't do anything for me, in fact I thought the cover model looked like Miley Cyrus which really didn't do anything for me. Once again my shallowness almost had me missing out on an excellent book. In a sentence, INSIDE OUT is 1984 meets The Hunger Games. And if you've been living under … more
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.