Book Reviews

Review: “Inside Out,” Maria V. Snyder

August 13, 2011

I received this book for free from Harlequin Teen Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: “Inside Out,” Maria V. SnyderInside Outby Maria V. Snyder
Series: Insider #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on April, 2010
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 315
Source: Harlequin Teen Australia

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.

What an exciting and interesting read. I was a little wary of heading off into another dystopian soon after Enclave, but I’m glad I did. I’ll definitely be following Trella’s story in Outside In. And what a twist!

Admittedly, the first few chapters were a little slow and this put me off the story initially. Our main hero, Trella, was an enjoyable character from start to finish, though, and her personality made me want to press on despite the slow-developing plotline. This, however, changed as we progressed through Inside Out and I found myself thoroughly enjoying the story as it went on.

There are so many mysteries in the world of Inside, and most are left unquestioned by it’s inhabitants. I found myself wanting the answers, and as the pace picked up I found I was unable to put the book down until I found them! The world is so intricate, with many hidden layers and meanings. It’s impossible not to get swept away in all the action.

I was impressed especially with Logan and Anne-Jade, the ‘Tech Nos’, who proved to be amazingly creative characters. Once all the Scrubs began to help Trella, and her relationship with Riley – the Upper – became the focus of the book, I found myself more drawn in than I had been before. Maria V. Snyder is a master world-builder, and I find myself surprised that this is only one of eight books so far. Her writing quality is so impressive that I’d expected her to have more books out on the shelves!

I won’t give away the ending or the big ‘reveal’ about Gateway and ‘Outside’, but I will say I was shocked and not at all expecting Maria to take the story in that direction. I guess it makes sense, but I honestly didn’t see it coming! I’m eagerly awaiting the re-appearance of a character, too. Did they survive? The book left off on a startling discovery, one that I can’t wait to see questioned and explored. Needless to say, I’ll definitely be turning my attention over to Outside In in the very near future – it’s already on my shelf!

If you haven’t read any books by Maria V. Snyder before, I suggest you pick this one up. This was my first and I was definitely impressed. I have her Study series on my shelf, too, and you can bet that I’ll be delving into them.

Recommended to: Fans of dystopian fiction will love Inside Out.

About Maria V. Snyder

Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria V Snyder began writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She's been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been happily sharing her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students.


  • Reply Cialina August 19, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I need to pick up this book! I have the sequel but not the first so I haven’t had a chance to start reading the series yet. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Helena August 14, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Thanks for that review! I have this in my TBR pile and now I might just have to put it on top!

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