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April 14, 2010

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Filed under: Reviews-Science Fiction — Suramya @ 9:14 PM

Inside Out
by Maria V. Snyder


Keep Your Head Down. Don’t Get Noticed. Or Else.

I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. One of thousands who work in the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. The Trava family who rules our world from their spacious Upper levels wants us to be docile and obedient, like sheep. To insure we behave, they send the Pop Cops to police us.

So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it’s all that dangerous–the only neck at risk is my own.

Until a lower level prophet claims a Gateway to Outside exists. And guess who he wants to steal into the Upper levels to get the proof? You’re right. Me. I alone know every single duct, pipe, corridor, shortcut, hole and ladder of Inside. It’s suicide plain and simple. But guess who can’t let a challenge like that go unanswered? Right again. Me.

I should have just said no…

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Inside Out is a different kind of book when compared to the other books written by Snyder. The book starts off a bit suddenly where you wonder what is happening but slowly the environment in with the book is based is revealed.

Thankfully it doesn’t take too long for the world to be established because that would have just put off readers on the other hand its long enough that we don’t feel rushed and the world doesn’t sound half-baked.

The book follows the life of Trella who is a scrub. Basically a person who is cleans the pipes and vents in ‘Inside’. She is a very self-centered person in the beginning of the book where she gives the impression that she thinks the other Scrubs are beneath her. But as the plot progresses she starts realizing that there are other things in life that are also important.

What I like about the book was the way it showed how things/knowledge can get lost over a period of time and how some people take advantage of the fact. Can’t really tell more about this without spoilers so…

Final Recommendation: An awesome read. Highly recommended, especially for children and teens.

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