May 24, 2010

Inside Out by Maria Snyder

I've got a bad habit of making summaries too complicated and this one is just so well written and appealing that I'm going to use it. Thanks Goodreads! :)

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? Not like it's all that dangerous - the only neck I risk is my own. Until I accidently start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution. I should have just said no...

-From Goodreads

Trella is a unique character. Her attitude and personality remind me so much of myself that I was immediately drawn into this book. Trella spends as much time as possible up in the piping, away from others, that she tends to have issues relating to most people. Yet her determination, ingenuity, and bull-headedness tend to get her through sticky situations. I really enjoyed watching her struggle with what she believed because while it was obvious that she didn't believe all the information she was given, it was still a tough lot for her to deal with the truth.

The writing was absolutely fabulous, despite being a little heavy handed. I understand that this is a dystopian novel set in a completely different place and that some explanation & description is warranted, but I felt like there was too much sometimes. I didn't skip anything because it was all useful and mildly interesting, but a lot could have been left to the imagination. Hopefully there will be a little less extreme detail in the sequel Outside In which is currently slated for a 2011 release. All in all it was a good book and I'd recommend it for people who liked The Giver.

This book was graciously provided by Around the World Tours.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

I will have to try it. I liked The Giver a lot. And it sounds pretty good.