This book will be available in April 2010.
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? Not like it's all that dangerous--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 should have just said no...
Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10 (AAAAAAAHHH!)
Total Score: 70/70
Obtained: Free ARC provided by author.
Age Appropriate? PG-13
Cussing: A fair amount.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Some mild references to teen alcohol usage.
Sexual Content: Many references to sexual activity ("mating").
Disturbing Images: A whole lot of graphic violence, some disturbing references to death ("recycling"), some murder, execution, and general demise. Some pretty graphic torture and one rather creepy C-section. Also, cruel separation of mother and child (which was pretty depressing).
I haven't read a dystopian/sci-fi this good since Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games! But that is to be expected from the ever-wondrous author Maria V. Snyder. Her skills continue to astound me even after five books!
Inside Out was a very unique novel. While the plot was standard dystopian-sci-fi, the writing contained the fluidity and color of a fantasy novel and the individuality that is characteristic of this author. The world retained its high-tech and futuristic feel, but was easy to read and magnetic. Like her other books, I fell in love with everything.
Maria V. Snyder has a gift with creating strong characters. Her heroes are entirely human, with numerous flaws and believable strengths and interesting circumstances. Trella was a fascinating character. It is impossible to judge her. Even as she is making mistakes or bad decisions, the reader cannot help but agree and empathize. It's frighteningly powerful.
I cannot wait a full year for the sequel. The ending of this book is a HUGE cliffhanger. I don't know what I'm going to do. All I can say is that everyone, sci-fi fan or not, should read this book. Seriously.
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