Melanie's Musings
August 22, 2011

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

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.

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Maria V. Snyder’s writing first captivated me in the Study series, and this book did no less. She’s firmly entrenched on my list of favorite authors.

The worldbuilding in Inside Out is absolutely delicious. It made me feel like I was in on a big secret. As events unfolded, I knew what the characters were beginning to discover, and it only served to increase the tension.

Trella is a great main character. Adept at blending in and having few friends, she’s intelligent, doesn’t trust other people, and loyal. Riley, the love interest, was friendly and curious, but as the story progresses it’s clear that he’s more than a pretty face. Not to undermine his pretty face. 😉

I only had one small problem with the book. In a particular moment, the speed of the story is very fast, and at the end of the episode, I couldn’t figure out exactly what happened. That left me a bit miffed but not for long.

The political aspect of this novel really kept it moving. Who’s lying? Will there be a war? Is my favorite character going to die as a result??!!

Inside Out has everything a reader requires for an engaging read: great characters, fantastic worldbuilding, a budding romance, and mystery.

The setting of this book leaves so many options for Inside Out, and I’m incredibly excited to see where Snyder will take this.

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Posted by Melanie at 8:34 am – Comments (1)
Categories: book review

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  • August 22nd 2011
    Liz. R said:

    I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while – it’s good to hear the main character is a likeable one and I’m intrigued by the world the author has created! Glad you enjoyed it, great review :).