Thursday 13 January 2011

Inside Out - Maria V. Snyder

Inside Out – Maria V Snyder

Pages: 315
Publisher: Mira INK (Mira Books)
Release Date: 1st January 2011

Other Titles by this Author: Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study, Storm Glass, Sea Glass, Spy Glass

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 just do my job and try to avoid the Population Control Police, who dream of recycling scrubs into fertiliser. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? It’s not like it’s dangerous...

Well, turns out it is. Because I know every corridor, pipe and shortcut I’ve become the go-to girl to lead a revolution. I know if we find a gateway to Outside it’ll be suicide plain and simple. But guess who likes a challenge?

I should have just said no...

Inside Out is something new from Maria V. Snyder, and I can honestly say that it’s by far my favourite of hers that I’ve read so far.

With this novel Maria V. Snyder has created a stunning and complex world in Inside. It’s a true dystopian universe with me knowing as little about it as Trella does and more and more of it being shockingly revealed as the novel progresses. Until the completely unexpected discovery of the truth about Inside and Outside at the end I was continually trying to guess the truth. There are also the different dimensions of Inside’s society with the scrubs, Uppers, Pop Cops and Controllers all locked in a handed down hatred of each other that is occasionally unjustified.

As a heroine of a dystopian novel, Trella is pretty damn good. She’s spunky, spirited and dangerously curious. Her strength and slight naivety give her the ability to hope for the possibility of the Gateway and Outside and let her carry on after failures and disappointments. All of these things made her the perfect person to lead the revolution.

But my favourite part of Inside Out was watching the blossoming relationship between Trella and Riley. I loved catching all of the little moments that push their relationship forward and increase their trust of each other despite everything they’ve been taught. The risks that they were willing make for each other such a short amount of time was very, very sweet.

Inside Out is a fantastic novel that Maria’s fans are going to eat up and leave them hungering for Outside In.



  1. I have just read the Study trilogy, and really enjoyed them - so much so I immediately borrowed the Glass books. I might have to grab hold of this one too then...

  2. I can't wait to get a copy of this book and start reading it. :-)

  3. I listen to this one audio and was quite impressed with how amazing Snyder's dystopian world was. Like you I also very thought Trella was a wonderful character. I have yet to read Outside In, but really want to find out more about this world.

  4. I didn't realise Snyder had a new book out. Love dystopian books, so will definitely look out for this one.

  5. Oh and I'm glad you liked this one too :) I loved Riley and Trella. And Trella. Great character.

  6. I loved this book!!!!

    Now a follower :)

    Jess :)

  7. I loved Trella. Snyder always creates wonder full characters, and I could not put the book down. If you have not read Inside Out, you are missing out on a very good read. It has everything I love in fantasy books: mystery, suspense, interesting characters, and a wonderful plot that keeps you wanting more. Her descriptions paint a vivid picture of Inside, and I could almost feel what it was like to be there.


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