Inside Out (by Maria V. Snyder) c. 2010

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
c. 2010
[Teen Fiction]

Trella has purposely tried to remain unnoticed—when you’re a scrub, it’s easier to remain obscure. In the Inside, scrubs are the bottom of the social and political ladder. There’s no use trying to change things because the system is designed to maintain that structure. Besides, those who do speak out usually find themselves recycled. But the Broken Man, a self-proclaimed prophet with the location of the Outside, quickly changes Trella’s entire outlook.

The strength of Inside Out lies in its worldbuilding. Although it shares many common themes with other dystopian novels, the Inside is an original construct that is well thought out in its execution. I enjoyed the fast-paced nature of the book and there were several plot twists that I didn’t expect—however, I did find the romance to be a little unconvincing and at times, forced. Despite this, Inside Out is a fun, quick novel and I am looking forward to reading the sequel (Outside In) when it is released in 2011.

Fans of Inside Out might also enjoy other books by this author. The Lake Bluff Library owns the Poison Study trilogy, which leans more toward fantasy than dystopia. If you’re more interested in reading something from the dystopian genre, you might also like Gone by Michael Grant, Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Matched by Allie Condie, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien.

Pros: Inside Out is a fast-paced and entertaining story set in an original and well-developed universe.

Cons: The romance was not very well-developed and seemed somewhat superfluous.

Review by Martha

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