Saturday, March 19, 2011

Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

Grade: A+ (naturally)

Synopsis:

Me? A Leader? Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion--between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again--while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside.

And something from Outside wants in.

Rating:

Character Development: 9/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 65/70

Obtained: Borrowed from a friend.

Age Appropriate? PG

Cursing: Very little if any.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Nothing too bad as far as I remember.
Sexual Content: Vague mentionings...But really, no.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some rather graphic torture scenes.

Review:

Another wonderful read from the great Maria V. Snyder! Definitely lived up to--even exceeded--my expectations! Great characters, fast plot, and new twists that added excitement and danger and built wonderfully on the prequel. Fun, fast, and engrossing. Perfect.

Trella started off a bit annoyingly stubborn in this one, but she's just so badass it hardly mattered, and in the end, she did not disappoint. There were a few surprising twists in romance, but as always, Maria is spot-on in that regard--just enough to keep it interesting while staying within the realms of reality.

The concept of this book is strange--stranger than the last one. But at the same time it resounded with a certain truth. Weird as it may seem, I couldn't help thinking as I was reading it that this whole situation was entirely plausible in the far distant future of humanity. The world of Inside (and Outside) is so detailed, and those details (down to the very thickness of the air) made it seem eerily within reach.


LINKS:

Maria V. Snyder
Inside Out - our review
First Chapter of Inside Out
Interview with Maria!

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