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“I began reading Inside Out with a bit of apprehension. I had loved Poison Study so much, that I didn't think Inside Out could ever live up to it. Fortunately it did! But in a completely different way, which is to be expected since Poison Study was fantasy and Inside Out was more science fiction....”see full review » see other reviews »
“This novel is a good representation of a world driven by separation of class and status. Not only is the world that the characters live in divided by levels, but each class (the scrubs and the uppers) of the population has allowed the propaganda to create a barrier between them. In the end, the classes are united by one idea and a common enemy. "Inside Out" is a wonderfully thought out dystopian novel with a fantastic twist. ”Jenn D wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very interesting concept with an odd ending. I'm wondering what the next book will be like. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it enough to REALLY like it. Quick, enjoyable read, though.”Kenzy S wrote this review Sunday, January 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found this book a little slow to start, but once it started rolling I found myself quite taken with it. There were many twists and turns in this novel, but one of the best ones was one of the biggest! I can't disclose much about this book, except to say that it's a unique alternative reality, with great characters. The "queen of the pipes" a title which starts as an insult and becomes an honor is the heroine and someone who finds a unusual ability due to her small size, antisocial behavior and a job she isn't very fond of. I loved this idea because her weakness becomes her strength. I will be reading the next book!”Danya W wrote this review Wednesday, January 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it!! I love Riley!!”Coletta wrote this review Thursday, August 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this book. Read it in two days. ”Nancy wrote this review Monday, June 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this book. It was different than what I thought. I was surprised by some of it and also thought it was slightly predictable, but all in all I thought it was a great read. I loved the main character. She was brave and also not so trusting of people and you could tell when it did her good and when it could have helped her to put more trust in those around her. Looking forward to the next book. ”Stacia H wrote this review Saturday, June 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another excellent tale by Maria V. Snyder. And the first of her books that I, personally, would categorize as a YA novel. Even though most of her stuff gets lumped into that genre since it has little sex or swearing, but otherwise has themes that are adult in nature; violence, murder and sexual assault to name a few. Here, however, the main character seemed younger, the love interest was her own age for a change, and it just had a much younger feel to it all round.
It's a very interesting place Snyder has created in Inside Out. I hesitate to use the term "world building" as that seems a little too expansive in this case. But "Inside", the setting for this novel, was a very interesting place to read about. As was the society that lived within its walls. I can't say too much more about it since a lot of the plot drives you towards finding out the answers to exactly what and where Inside is, but let's just say the journey was gripping, and the reveal, a BIG surprise.
I really enjoyed Trella's character. The second main character I've read in consecutive books to have little time or patience for her fellow man (I just recently finished Julie Kagawa's Immortal Rules). Trella begins the book with precisely one friend, one person she cares about, and even he says she has a funny way of showing it. She basically hates her life squashed in amongst all the other scrubs on the lower levels of Inside, so she spends as much of her time as possible in the only place there is to be alone for a scrub such as she: in the pipes and heating shafts that snake throughout every part of Inside.
And since her job is as a cleaner of said pipes, she at least has a valid reason for being there. But her reluctance to come down and mingle with the rest of the sheep, and her apparent disdain for everyone that isn't her childhood friend Cogan, results in her earning herself the nickname "Queen of the Pipes". It's meant to be a derogatory term from those who gave it to her originally, but Trella herself is actually quite proud of the moniker. As well she should be, because it certainly comes in handy in this book...
"I do know I felt as if my heart had been shredded when I found you in our storeroom, unconscious and bleeding. And leaving you with Vinco in the holding cells was the hardest thing I've ever done."
There is a sweet and subtle romance threaded throughout the novel. The romance part of it is minimal, but the character is present for much of the book and I really enjoyed him. In fact, Trella attracts a nice little bunch of secondary characters as the story progresses and she also goes through quite a transformation as a protagonist too. Preconceived ideas and prejudices just cannot withstand the force of being knocked upside the head with the stunning truth of the real situation they are in.
So come on, you know you want to know where Inside is now. And let me assure you, the journey to finding out is well worth the taking.
4 Stars! ★★★★”
“Such a great book! Loved everything about it :). Great, smart and loyal characters. Intriguing world. A bit like the Hunger Games and totally different at the same time. I enjoyed reading this and immediately went looking for the sequel :).”Ine wrote this review Thursday, April 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved Maria V. Snyder's, Poison Study, which lead me to this book. However, I was left disappointed. Characters lack personality and were underdeveloped. The plot had great potential, but just could not pull through. Writing and characters felt one-dimensional. I found it difficult to connect with the characters and could not lose myself in the story. First half of the book felt dragged, and could have done without it, or shorten within a couple chapters. Even though the book ended with a major cliff hanger, which normally would tug at my curiosity as to what's outside, I will not be picking up the next installment 'Outside In'.”Nancy wrote this review Friday, April 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm going to start by explaining the setting a little. Trella is a scrub, like it says in the blurb. Scrubs are living in the lower Levels, and thus could be referred to as "Lowers". They do all the manual labor, cleaning pipes, cooking, waste handling, maintenance, and so on. When a baby is born in the lower levels, its parents hand it over to the Care facility, where a Care Mother will take care of it along with nine other children. The Care Mother chooses the name, the profession and is in charge of the education of "her" children.
Trella is small of stature, so her Care Mother chose "cleaning pipes" as Trella's profession. She has to robb through air vents to get rid of clogs and such. It suits Trella just fine, since she's a bit of a loner and hates every Scrub except for her best friend Cog, who's nice to everyone and who she grew up with (they were raised by the same Care Mother). Now, enter a man who claims to be from the Upper Levels, calls himself Broken Man and preaches about the ominous Gateway, which may or not exist. But if it does, it is said to be a way out of Inside. Trella doesn't really believe him, but sets out to find something Broken Man needs anyway ...
I liked Inside Out. A well crafted world, characters that are likeable enough, and everything is most certainly not like it seems. Inside is a police state, more or less, ruled by an Upper family which overthrew the other families years (or centiweeks, as it's called in Inside-speak) ago. There is action, it kept me on the tips of my toes, and especially the revelation about Gateway is somehow very heart breaking in my opinion.
However, I can't award Inside Out five stars for the simple reason that I felt the beginning was too slow. I put the book aside for a while, and only returned to it two weeks later. Granted, I finished it in one sitting, but still. Also, the plot involved a lot of luck and chance in my opinion - and I can't say whether that was intended or whether Snyder just didn't know how else to resolve it.”