Inside Out surprised me. My only doubt regarding the novel was that it wasn’t a paranormal story, but more of a dystopian one. My doubt died a quick death as soon as I read the first page. Maria V. Snyder’s writing flows effortlessly and, at times, is very poetic. Written in the first person, Ms. Snyder has given the main character, Trella, a funny, observant, and believable voice. The descriptions are also well-written, never leaving the reader confused or misled.
What really attracted me to the novel was the romantic aspect. While not the primary focus, the romance was, naturally, my favorite part. Riley and Trella’s relationship develops slowly, but believably. Also, the plot is engaging and I was never bored. Although there is no supernatural element, I thoroughly enjoyed the almost futuristic and dystopian setting. I thought the setting is believable, especially the social class organization. The events play out evenly and never in a rushed manner, which makes the story move just as fluidly as the writing.
Having never read any other books by Maria V. Snyder, I didn’t know what to expect, especially in terms of characterization. What I found, however, were extremely likeable, well-developed characters that readers will root for without hesitation. I especially liked Trella’s friend, Cog, as well as Logan and Anne-Jade.
In the end, I am really glad I took Inside Out with me today and that I even bought it in the first place. Writing a review for a book I love is always hard, so I’m sorry if this one is sub-par. But I encourage everyone who hasn’t read it yet to do so soon! Inside Out is a fast-paced story with loveable characters, an engaging plot, and just the right amount of romance and action to satisfy anyone!
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(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)