Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:

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.

I've had Inside Out in my TBR pile for nearly a year now, but a couple of days ago I finally decided to give it a chance, and I have to say, I'm so glad I did because this book is one of the most spellbinding and imaginative dystopians I've read in ages. I'll even go so far to say this is one of my favorite books ever!

Inside Out tells the story of Trella, a lowly scrub who spends her days as the Queen of the Pipes and talking to Cog, her only friend. Sure, her life isn't the best thing ever, especially with the Pop Cops always around but it's as good as it's gonna get. Though, one day everything changes when she meets Broken Man, a man who tells the other scrubs that there is a way to end the torture they face at the hands of the uppers, that there is an outside to where they live. Soon enough, her whole life is set up in sparks, as she agrees to assist the Broken Man in a plan that may not only start a revolution but change everyone's lives on board. But are the scrubs ready for the secrets and the challenges they are soon to face? And what about that upper Trella meet? Is he as nearly as nice as he appears? Only time will tell in this incredible story of a world deep, deep in the future.

Trella- there's so much to say about this one main character. For one, Trella's one of those unassuming hero types, one who does so much for people even though she thinks she's not doing nearly anything to help. Trella's strong, smart, and and convening in the best ways possible. She truly is the queen of the pipes, and I can't imagine having a better person lead such an amazing story. Adding to this, I loved how she managed to grow as a person as Inside Out progressed. In the beginning, she's quick to show and tell the reader that she doesn't get close to people, though as time progress this changes in instant, as she begins to form friendships with the Broken Man, Logan, Riley, and many more characters.

Adding to this, I loved the world of Inside Out. One of the things I loved most about it is that Maria didn't wash the reader away with a ton of information. Instead she told the parts most important to have the reader be able to imagine it in perfect detail, as well as add their own aspects to it.

I also loved the plot of this novel because there was always a twist or turn to everything that I never saw coming. This happened to the point where I never truly knew how everything was going to end. Sure, I had my ideas but usually they were proved wrong, and I liked that because I love having an author manage to surprise me time and time again.

Going with the above, Maria V. Snyder is an incredible author. Her ability to spin such an imaginative, breathtaking story in such great detail deserves serious props, and it also has me excited to read more about Trella and the scrubs in the future, as well as her other series.

In all, don't be like me and take forever to read this novel. Instead go out and pick it up ASAP. It's one of the best dystopian novels out there, no doubt about it.

Grade: A+

Inside Out is now out!

Source: Netgalley


  1. I really enjoyed this book, i reviewed it last week and gave it 5 stars too :) I can't wait to read Outside In!

    Great Review!


  2. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as well. And I can't wait to read the next one.

  3. I read this at the beginning of this month and felt pretty much the same about it. :) It's quite good.

    One of the advantages of waiting so long to read it is that we don't have to wait forever for the sequel. ;) I'm pretty excited for it.

  4. OMG, so glad you loved this one too. I cannot wait to read the sequal. I loved the characters!

  5. I had a hard time visualizing Inside and couldn't connect with the characters ... I'm so glad you enjoyed it though! I will probably need to reread it eventually! Great review.


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