Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: Outside In (Inside Out #2)

Author: Maria V. Snyder
Release Date: Already out
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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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.

In a comment on my Inside Out review, Karis from YA LitWit said that Trella brought Katniss Everdeen to mind. And I can totally see that, with her being thrust into that unwanted 'leader' position and helping bring down the tainted system of government. And in Outside In, just when she thought her job was over, she's faced with some heavy expectations from others to help fix their world. Despite the success of gaining back control from the Travas, Inside is far from perfect. After centiweeks of being fed the same propaganda about one another in order to create discord and prevent them from ever joining forces, the Uppers and Lowers are not cooperating in peace. There is still that prejudice and dislike creating tension thicker than the pipes. And the Lowers no longer want to do the same crappy jobs while they believe the Uppers are living cushy lifestyles above them.

Riots are breaking out, the danger heightens and they're racing the clock to figure out who is behind the deadly bombings before more people are hurt or worse; before someone crumbles their entire existence. Snyder always keeps you guessing. I had my suspicions about one person, but then switched to someone else and someone else and wait, that sounds dodgy, I don't trust him! She's great at creating doubt and amping up the mystery with every single turn of the page. You're transported right next to Trella as she dashes through the pipes and questions those around her - your heart pounding, your mind whirring - what's going to happen next? Are they really her friends or her enemies?

I thought Trella's growth in Inside Out was fantastic, but then Snyder wows us again with her amazing talent as we watch Trella face her fears and mature even more. Not that she wasn't one of the most kickass, strong and determined heroines before, but she faces some inner turmoils throughout the sequel. Between dealing with her newly found mother who she still sees as a traitor and facing the fears and responsibilities she has been trying to shy away from, because Inside needs her to be their leader, regardless of whether she wants to or not.

The relationship between Trella and Riley hits some rocky ground, but I think it was needed because it created an even stronger connection between the pair. And it's completely understandable when you consider everything going on around them and the emotional drama churning hurricanes within Trella's mind. But Riley is still as sweet as ever and my gosh, I want my own Sheepy! Well, no. I want my own adorkably sweet boy who just happens to have a cute Sheepy family. Anywho, I enjoyed where their relationship went over the course of this book. The romance wasn't the central part of the story and I'm glad it wasn't, it was light and well-developed and added the right touch to this amazing story.

I also like that Snyder allows her characters the chance for redemption. There is no 'good' and 'evil', but blurred lines where characters might make the wrong choices, really wrong choices and seem like the baddie, but there's still hope for them and she allows them chance for them to seek redemption.

Outside In gives us the the mystery, danger, action and suspense that Inside Out delivered spectacularly and raises it by 70%. There is never a dull moment. It's a constant, non-stop flow.  No stretch of pages where it lags or you're wishing for it to get to the good stuff. Because it's ALWAYS at the good stuff. Whether they're in the middle of action scenes, heart-pounding to evade the enemy or else discussing what the heck is happening to their society. Just when you think "Oh, the chapters coming to a close, I can squeeze in a short break" she leaves you wanting MORE. And it would be illegal if you closed the book on that kind of chapter cliffhanger.

Rating: 5/5

Maria Snyder is coming to Australia and New Zealand in August! Head on over to her website to check out the schedule and maybe if you live nearby, you'll have the chance to meet her. Too bad she's not visiting closer to me!


  1. Awesome review. I've read the authors other books and she's such a great author. I'm going to get stuck into this series soon (had the first one for AGES and just recently bought this sequel). Anyway, it's just a DAMN pity that Maria isn't coming to Brissie for a signing! Would've LOVED to meet her!

  2. Zomg. Amazing review! Not I'm all hyped up for Outside In! Yay! But Tris and Izzie is so distracting as of the moment. I can't wait to find out what happens next. This reminds me a bit of Across the Universe with the whole outer space thing going on. Oh, before I forget, I like that you mentioned that there's redemption here. Intriguing.

  3. Great review, if it's anything as good as the Hunger Games, I'm all for it. I loved Katniss in the Hunger Games, Catching Fire not so much. But I love strong female leads, especially teenagers and girls other youth can look up to.

  4. I still haven't started this series yet, but I thought Inside Out sounded great so glad you enjoyed this one too. I've seen a lot of comparisons with Katniss, and I loved her in The Hunger Games so I'm sure I'll love Trella just as much!

  5. I thought this was the best of the two!! so good, i cannot wait for more snyder novels!!!! Thanks for sharing =D

  6. I really need to get on this series (okay, that came out really strangely). I like that note about redemption, too. I can't wait to get started! Thanks :)

  7. Great review. This does sound somewhat like the Hunger Games, but with a Maria V Snyder touch! I'm reading one of her books right now-- Poison Study. It's *very* good! Hope you find a way to meet Maria when she visits. :)

  8. I really love this series, but am so sad to hear it hasn't sold well. I hope us Aussies can lift flagging sales otherwise there won't be a third book. And I have to find out where they're going!

  9. Such a good series! I regret not meeting Maria Snyder at my store last year when she was there. She's semi-local, so hopefully she'll come again!

    I wish there had been more promotion so she'd sell more books. INSIDE OUT barely sold, and we never received copies of OUTSIDE IN!


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