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 to, Trella's companions are all pretty much on level with her. They've worked together, ate together, fought together--some specific experiences vary, but by in large they have lived similar lives.
Humanity, such as it is, is pretty jam packed into Upper Levels and the Lower Levels. More so on the Lower Levels, since they're treated and considered little better then canon fodder by the Uppers. The Lowers work to keep the Uppers in luxury, or so the common belief goes. Things change when Trella accidentally encounters an Upper boy named Logan. Together they piece together certain facts that neither side wants the other to know and learn a whole lot more about who Trella really is and why they are all stuck Inside.
Inside Out moves at a slower pace, Trella preferring to stay out of confrontations as much as possible and using her quick wits to accomplish things. She doesn't trust practically anyone, except Cog, but its not a suspicious mistrust, but one born of being sick and tired of always being crammed in tightly. She's always been a little different then the other Scrubs, preferring solitude and quiet so she tends to keep away from them. Despite this she is liked, or at least others believe in her and when she gets around to asking for help they are enthusiastic even.
My only real complaint (the one I can say without spoilers) is the ending. It felt more abrupt and arbitrary. There was a large build-up, a climax, the after-climax and then...a little more. Hopefully with the release of the second book, Outside In, shall shed some light on what Trella and Co. find at the very ending...and I wouldn't be adverse to more Logan and Trella banter either.
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
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: … 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.