Inside Out (An Inside Story) Paperback – 7 Jan 2011
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About the Author
Maria V. Snyder is the New York Times bestselling author of the Study series, the Glass series, the Healer series, Inside Out, and Outside In. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part ways with Seton Hill, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program. Find her on the Web at MariaVSnyder.com.
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Cog is Trella's best friend and almost like a brother to her. They grew up in the care facility together and he's the only one Trella trusts and cares about. That's why she agrees to talk to the prophet. She hopes she can convince Cog that the prophet's tales about Outside are wrong. Instead she finds herself involved in a revolution.
Inside Out is an amazing, action packed fantastically written story full of twists and turns that keep you guessing what is going to happen. Everytime I thought I'd worked it out, something happened to make me think otherwise.
The book throws you straight into the action. The rules and customs of Inside aren't explained outright but you pick them up as the plot develops which is a great way to do it. If it had all been set out at the beginning it would have been a slow start.
The characters in this book are great. It's obvious that they all have a detailed backstory that fleshes out their personality and they all have their own important part of the plot. While Trella isn't the most loveable character, I definitely found myself identifying with her. Living in a cramped over-populated area, It's fully understandable that she'd much rather be elsewhere. Her doubts about Outside existing and her efforts at not becoming close to the other scrubs are just her way of not being hurt or disappointed later on.
A fantastic read for dystopian, sci-fi fans.
Inside Out is the story of Trella, who is one of her world's scrubs. She exists to fulfil her function as a worker, and risks being 'recycled' if she stops being useful or starts posing a threat to the Pop Cops, who govern Inside with a regime of fear. She only has one friend, she doesn't plan to find a mate or have children, and she's hostile to the prophets who surface every now and then, speaking to the scrubs of 'Gateway' - a rumoured secret exit to whatever lies beyond. Trella's never believed in Gateway, but when an act of curiosity brings her under the Pop Cops' spotlight, she finds herself drawn into the search for this mythical doorway and becomes a symbol of scrub rebellion. In the process she also encounters Riley, a member of the Upper society that Trella credits with keeping scrubs down. Except... he's lovely, and the friendship that unfolds between them gives this sci-fi adventure a welcome gentle side. With snarking, of course.
For all Trella's efforts to escape the confines of Inside, it's a pretty fascinating place for a reader to visit. First, there's the lower levels, where the scrubs live. There you'll find barracks, a canteen serving spinach-flavoured slop, hydroponics, and care facilities where all scrub children are raised - ten kids to one Care Mother. The higher levels are inhabited by the uppers, who actually get their own quarters and a shot at family life.Read more ›
Unfortunately, for me, this one fell flat. The storyline didn't pull me in right away (or ever, if I'm being brutally honest) and I didn't connect with the characters or their plight to escape Inside.
I was just determined to not have another DNF so I persevered and finished it last night.
I've also tried reading one of the author's other works and I couldn't get into that either so I think this will be the last and only book I read by Maria V. Snyder
Inside Out is set in a dystopian future where our heroine Trella lives in a mysterious world known as Inside. Trella is a lower-class citizen - one of the thousands of Scrubs whose sole purpose in life is to keep Inside functioning for the upper-class citizens (Uppers). Without intending it, Trella soon becomes the unlikely leader of a revolution.
Unfortunately, I found so much wrong with this book that the brilliant idea wasn't enough to keep me interested. To start with, this is one of those books that takes a long time to get going. It's a given that with any book set in a world different to our own, a fair amount of time is going to be spent describing it so that the reader can understand the plot. Yet in my opinion there was too much of this in Inside Out: for instance, a lot of time was spent describing how Inside is made up, mentioning various floors and sectors and whereabouts they are in Inside, none of which was very interesting. At the beginning of the book there is more information than action, and any action is limited to Trella eating in the cafeteria, Trella cleaning the pipes, which, while it is Trella's day-to-day life, isn't very interesting. And then, to further disappoint, when the action finally began it all happened very quickly leaving any interesting scenes feeling rushed, especially the climax. There also wasn't much imaginative description and I found it quite difficult to imagine Trella's world.
I also found the whole book to be quite forced. I enjoy books where the characters are so well created they feel real; they act of their own will and not to fit in with the pre-conceived plot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite as good as her a touch of series but nice character developmentPublished 1 month ago by Kaylie Hooper
This is something different from Maria & it really works! I love the study and glass series and this also doesn't disappoint! Good work!Published 2 months ago by cnattrass
Another good book by Maria, read a sample first chapter, had to continue reading as typically, the story pills you in, very goodPublished 9 months ago by Roy Chapman
Really enjoyed the book, definitely worth a read. Really looking forward to the second book. If you like her previous works then you will enjoy this as well.Published 11 months ago by Oleksandr Kovalenko
Great story enjoyed the read left an opening for a follow on story nicely!Published 13 months ago by Linda Roberts
Book one of two (The sequel being "Outside In") This book is based on a collective of people living on what I can only describe as a mechanical sphere. Read morePublished 13 months ago by SJ