Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
Publication Date: 4.1.2010
Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
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 was such a great read! I enjoyed all the politics, mystery, and danger. Maria V. Snyder kept me guessing the entire book, and the twist at the end totally took me by surprise.
The setting was good, and allowed the reader to really get a feel for the living conditions and suppression of the Scrubs. I loved the layout of Inside, which is pretty impressive if you think about it. The work schedules of the Scrubs, and the way they are forced to live all adds to the knowledge that the Pop Cops like to be in total control. The book was set up very well without giving a lot of back story, which allowed the story to move along, while staying mysterious.
The characters were interesting, especially Trella, who was a strong heroine. Despite how the synopsis makes her sound, she isn't just a bratty, rebellious teenager. Throughout the story she shows herself to be physically and mentally strong, cunning, and best of all, brave. Her only flaw was that she was just a little too strong. There were just a few times when I would have liked to see just a little more reaction from her than there was. Although maybe that's not a flaw at all. After all, it prevented her from turning into the swooning heroine who is only strong when the hot guy isn't around. There's too much of that going around.
*Spoiler warning: you are subtly told this information in the first chapter of the book, but it is still a spoiler.*
Considering everything, my absolute favorite thing about Inside Out, is that the Scrubs fight back. Even before Trella came along, they had been fighting back in their own ways, even if they made little difference. I thought it was very realistic. History has always shown that no matter how suppressed a group of people are, there will still be those who fight back. I think that's missing in a lot of similar novels I have read lately, where the people seem to just accept that they can't change anything. That's wrong, and Inside Out sends that message.
I highly recommend Inside Out for readers young and old, alike. It is original, fast-paced, entertaining, and clean.
...you want to try the dystopian genre, you are naturally curious, and you love getting away with breaking the rules.
It's a clean read!