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“I am on page 114. My brother told me to read this book, so I decided to give it a shot. I really like it so far, even though it had a slow start. I love the setting, and I think that's what makes this book different from others. The main character, Trella, lives in a world called Inside. It's basically a giant cube. It is a dystopia for most, including Trella, which makes everything more interesting. I'm on the first book, 'Inside Out'. There are two books; the second one is called 'Outside In', which I can't wait to read. The world of Inside is divided into two levels, Upper and Lower. The Lowers have to work hard and perform labor all day (they are called Scrubs), whereas the Uppers are in control and can do whatever they want to, living a life of pure luxury. Trella is a Scrub, and she spends a lot of time in the pipes. The author describes this world well, but she could have done a better job. I still have a lot of questions about how Trella's world works, for example, why were pipes the mode of transportation for the Scrubs? Why was this society so segregated? Maybe the author meant to do that, so that we can think about it ourselves. The thing I like most is how Trella, a young woman, is the hero here. She is a role model for all Scrubs, and she is even known as the "Queen of the Pipes". I like this genre quite a lot; dystopian fiction is so intriguing to read. I would recommend this book to all of my peers. "The world of Inside is simple. Do your job, stay out of the way and don't dream of anything better. Because as every Scrub knows, there are no other options." I can't wait to see how Trella finds a way out!”Sanjana M wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Inside (comprised of "Inside Out" and "Outside In") is an altogether enjoyable book that is definitely worth the cover price (currently about $9US).
This is both a science fiction and dystopian rush, populated by decent characters who all appear to have flaws and even develop and *gasp* grow throughout the story. Our main character, Trella, starts out pretty misanthropic and voluntarily alone, choosing to spend her nights sleeping in the pipes rather than in the crowds of people. By the end of the story arc, she has made some friends (and family) and learned to feel for others.
Snyder does an admirable job of making the reader feel the crush of people, the restrictive lifestyle of both classes of people and the injustice of everyone's lives. Even though these books don't end remotely like Beth Revis's "Across the Universe" series, it's easy to draw parallels between them, but this series ends quite differently than Revis's. (That's all I'm going to say to avoid spoilers.)
With the convenience of an omnibus, I have the entire series in my hands, and it's easier to evaluate the whole story arc rather than the pieces, but it's also possible to think about each book individually. The first book, Inside Out, starts at the low point in Inside social history and through the work of a few rebellious individuals, they start to improve it. You can see where the story is going, even if you don't know how they're going to solve the problems. The bad guys are bad, the good guys are probably good (though sometimes it's hard to tell who to trust) and the story makes sense.
Book Two, Outside In, has a slightly different plot. With the main conflict resolved in the first book, it's unclear who the villain is supposed to be in this story. Of course they are trying to build another better society, but that really isn't thrilling since our heroine wants nothing to do with it and we never see the discussions or how the different "cultures" interact. (Not that 300 page of political dialogue would be exactly thrilling.) Instead, the story sort of meanders around for a while with a mystery antagonist until about 2/3rds through the book, and then it's almost too late to feel the desperation that Inside Out was able to conjure. Even the ending, while logical for the type of story, seemed strangely superficial, as though a more interesting story was about to happen and we're going to miss it.
Overall, I enjoyed this series and would think many people would enjoy it as well. It's just not the most amazing thing I've ever read.”
“There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of my favorite books of all time!”Allison wrote this review Sunday, August 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“living in tunnels, air ducts, and pipes can be a real maze”Nikie B wrote this review Friday, April 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No