“I’ve heard a lot of really great things about Maria V. Snyder, so reading Inside Out was a pretty easy decision for me to make. While I think Snyder is a very skilled writer, I didn’t particularly care for this book.
I guess my main problem with Inside Out centered around the fact that I was pretty bored throughout. The society Snyder imagined was definitely an interesting one, but I just didn’t really care about what was going on inside of it. Maybe there wasn’t enough action for my taste? Actually, I shouldn’t say there wasn’t enough action; rather, there wasn’t enough of the kind of action that I enjoy reading about. Trella was constantly moving around in the pipes and whatnot, and I felt like the time taken to describe said events could have been condensed quite a bit.
Despite not being drawn into the plot, I really enjoyed seeing the story through the eyes of Trella. Trella was such a strong, independent female character, and I loved that she didn’t always follow the rules. After all, aren’t some rules meant to be broken? I also thought it was great that she seemed to enjoy solitude, as that’s something I could really relate to.
Even though I didn’t love Inside Out, people who enjoy dystopias, especially those that examine social hierarchy, may love this book. As I stated previously, I really like Snyder’s writing style, so while I’ll probably skip Outside In, I’m pretty sure I’ll check out Poison Study, as it seems a bit more in line with my own interests.”