Release Date: 01 Apr 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Summary: Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
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.
Review: Trella, a scrub and Queen of the Pipes, has agreed to humor her only friend another time and listen to a new prophet babble on about Gateway in hopes that she can prevent Cogon from getting into trouble. Only this time the prophet doesn't seem to be a Pop Cop ploy or completely delusional man. The prophet asks Trella to break rules restricting the scrubs to the lower levels and steal back important computer files, files that possibly prove Gateway's existence. If Trella gets caught or it turns out to be a trap, she faces death but hope in the lower levels is something worth fighting for.
If you like Maria V. Snyder, read this book. If you like dystopians, read this book. If you like young adult, read this book. Hell, if you even sorta kinda find reading a little bit fun, read this book! If I hadn't already been a fan of Snyder's Glass series, there is no way you would have been able to convince me that she hadn't been writing YA dystopians her entire career and this was simply the pièce de résistance. As soon as I finished Inside Out I checked to make sure my local bookstore had the sequel in stock for pickup later that day.
I don't want to say much in this review as I don't want to spoil anything for future readers. I will say that this reading this book has resulted in dystopia being my favorite genre and in having a new book that I plan on irritating all my friends until they read. Often times I love a story for either their characters or the story, I fell in love with both of those in Inside Out. I fell in love with the cleverness of the writing, the emotional response each page drew from me and the sheer pleasure of reading. Inside Out will be something I reread every chance I get.
Quotes & Thoughts as I Read:
- Cogon's voice in full lecture mode echoed in my mind as the water rushed closer. “Someday, Trella. You'll screw up and there will be bits of you raining out of the showers.” Umm... where to start? Love her name! And what a seriously awesome start to a book. I'm already captive.
- I stepped back in alarm. “No,” he rushed to assure me. “I'm not part of the Population Control Police. What do you call them? Pop Cops?” I'm struggling to take the 'Pop Cops' seriously and have a villainous image of them. Pop Cops sounds like a fun type of candy.
- The cleaning device looked like a hairy troll spinning and singing to himself. This is probably the lamest quote I've ever posted but I had the most horrible flashback to sophomore year in high school because of it. My pre-calc teacher thought bringing in his collection of troll dolls would cheer us up on test days. There were literally hundreds of them in the room, all naked and staring at me.
- “Disappeared?” Figured, I thought. He was a plant and I had fallen for it like a gullible three-hundred-week-old. “No. Taken.” Cog looked up. Blood ran down his face from a gash on his forehead. What page am I on? Oh, not even thirty yet and the book is already action packed and adrenaline driven.
- “Yes, sir.” I walked away. I felt her gaze drilling hole into my back. The desire to run, jump into one of the ducts and hide pushed at my muscles. Instead, I kept a steady rhythm and only looked back as I turned the corner. Lieutenant Commander Karla met my glance with a thoughtful and lethal squint. Definitely taking the Pop Cops seriously now. Karla is one cold bitch.
- “She already suspects you're involved, telling her about your title would give her a reason to arrest you.” “But you could have earned a better post.” He shrugged. “I did it for old time's sake. Besides, if you're hiding Broken Man, that means you actually care for another person and there's hope for you yet.” Ouch, I like unsocial Trella. Her prickly exterior makes me want to befriend her.
- “Stop or I'll stun you.” I looked over my shoulder. He pointed his gun at me. By the intensity radiating from his blue eyes, I knew he was serious. And he seemed taller than before. Why hadn't I noticed his muscular build? I was unsure about Riley's introduction to the story at first. It seemed too unlikely yet predictable in terms of dystopian stories. He's unique though and I'm enjoying what he's bringing to the story.
- The smells of sweat, blood and fear created an acidic stew. Taking shallow breaths, I peered into the dank cells. Black bars caged tiny areas only big enough for a bed and toilet. Although, calling the metal slab a bed was being generous. Three cells lined each side of the room with a short corridor between them. Cog was the sole occupant. Oh, Cog! I've got a bad feeling about you're fate.
- Understanding lit his eyes and another emotion softened his posture. When I realized he pitied me, I crossed my arms over my chest to keep myself from punching Riley in the face. It's hard to say why I adore Trella's character so much. But that quote right there, that's why.
- “I don't know the answer,” Logan said. I reached out but managed to stop my hands from wrapping around his neck. “What is the question?” “Oh. It's the end and the beginning. What is it?” I love word puzzles. After finishing this chapter I spent forever trying to guess the answer before reading on.
- “I haven't met the right woman yet. Guess I'm waiting for someone to...surprise me.” He continued walking. “Surprise you how?” “Oh, the usual way, I guess. Suddenly appear out of nowhere and completely change my life. You know, boring stuff.” Squeeee! If I hadn't been fangirling before, I would be now for sure.