Book Review of Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Posted June 29, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 1st, 2010
Pages: 315
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
*I bought this book for my Kindle.

Inside Out (Insider, #1)Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Keep Your Head Down.

Don’t Get Noticed.

Or Else.

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.

My Review:

Interesting summary up there. I have to be honest. I put off reading this book for awhile because of that summary. I’m not exactly sure why, but maybe it’s because I prefer a little more information than what was given. That’s just my preference and I know not everyone feels the same way. Either way, I finally got around to reading it and I’m glad I did. Inside Out was friggin amazing.

There is something about Maria V. Snyder’s writing that I absolutely adore. I loved the Study series, and if it’s even possible, I might have loved this book more. The characters were impeccably written. The story was fantastic and suspenseful. The setting was out of this world. Snyder’s writing is perhaps a perfect balance of all the things that matter. Everything that makes a book special was there. She makes you care about her characters and her plots are like a movie on paper.

I think I like the settings of dystopian novels the best. They are always fantastic and special. There is great world building to be found in them. The hiding in the pipes and the Pop Cops. And then there was the rebelling of the scrubs and Trella sneaking into the upper-levels. The setting and the events that took place in it were just so vivid and compelling.

If I have one complaint, it’s that I think Trella and the other scrubs got out of sticky situations too easily. Just when you thought something was over for them, they would get saved in an all too convenient way. This happened more towards the end and I found myself thinking, “too easy!” on several occasions. But it is what it is. It was still a fantastic book. I totally want to read the next one, and I will as soon as I can get my hands on it.

If you like dystopian novels, I’m pretty sure this will be satisfying. I thought it was pretty special, and it is one I will likely read again in the future if I ever have time to re-read another book. Unlikely.

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If you want to read Inside Out, you probably have to order it from a site like Amazon or Barnes & Noble. It is hard to find in stores and usually has to be ordered. You can get it from Amazon by following the link: Inside Out (Harlequin Teen)

I’m not going to post the book trailer on my blog as I found it stupid and lame. If you really want to see it, you can go toYoutube and search for it. It’s not hard to find.

**If you click on that Amazon link and order anything, I will earn a small commission which I use for site upkeep and giveaways.

3 responses to “Book Review of Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

  1. I’ve never read a dystopian novel before. you make it sound like the cats meeeeoooooow. I’ve always been ‘limited’ in my reading selection, but after coming here and reading UR reviews…I’m actually thinking about stepping outta the box (not something, personally, that I’am good at). Awesome buddy. Have a nice day where ever you are.


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