Books Review

Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

September 23, 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? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
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Everyone seems to love Maria V. Snyder. I’ve read nothing but glowing reviews for her books and after reading one for Inside Out, I decided to pick up a copy and add it to my pile. Well, having a little free time and not wanting to take my Personal Demons ARC out in the world where it could get hurt, I took my copy of Inside Out on the go and finished it in a few hours. I am now a fan of Ms. Snyder’s. 🙂

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!

If you would like to learn more about Maria V. Snyder and her writing, please visit her OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)

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    September 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Great review! I loved this book too. I think Maria Snyder is a great author. Thanks for sharing!

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    Maria V. Snyder
    September 23, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks so much for the great review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book – I had fun writing this one. I dreamt the story one night – first and last time I’ve done that – and it just flowed onto the page 🙂

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    September 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    I spied this on my library bookshelf and was really drawn to the cover. I’ll have to pick it up one of these days. Thanks for the review!

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    September 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I haven’t read this book yet but I read her Poison Study series and love it! I hadn’t heard much about this novel but I think I’ll check it out. Like you, I wasn’t so sure about the dystopian elements but from what you said, they seem to works well! Plus Snyder always does such an amazing job defining her characters and her prose is beautiful. Thanks for the review!

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    Lani Woodland
    September 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I’ll have to check this one out. I loved her Posion Study and her glass books. Great review.

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