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Inside Out (Harlequin Teen)

A book by Maria V. Snyder

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1984 meets The Hunger Games

  • Mar 20, 2010
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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 a rock somewhere and haven't read The Hunger Games, the comparison is a huge compliment.

Seventeen year old Trella is a scrub, in the Dystopian world she and the rest of humanity live in called Inside. What exactly is Inside? No one really knows. Trella has explored it more than most and she's concluded that it is a massive cubed city enclosed on all sides by steel. But Inside isn't nearly as important as the mythical Outside, especially to Lowers like Trella.

In the novel INSIDE OUT, the population is divided into two
distinct classes: The privileged Uppers, who enjoy unimagined
freedoms like the ability to marry, parent a child, and even live in semi-private quarters. The Lowers (proles for 1984 fans) are essentially slaves forced provide manual labor until they die. They sleep in giant, crammed bunkers, are not allowed to raise any children they bear (if a women tries to keep a child or abort it, the authorities take the child and breed the mother until she becomes infertile), and if even a hint of dissension arises they are `recycled' into fertilizer. It's no wonder the Lower's long for Outside.

That's all I'm comfortable with revealing in order to avoid spoilers. I'll just say that INSIDE OUT will infuriate you because of the social injustices that occur and thoroughly entertain you till the last page. If you haven't tried Dystopian fiction yet (and you should), this is an excellent place to start. Outside In, the sequel, is due out in 2011.

Sexual Content:
( YA titles receive a more thorough breakdown) Kissing. References to `mating,' birth control, and implied forced `breeding.'

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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 . 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 …
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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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