Mar 4, 2011

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Review: Outside In by Maria V. Snyder (Inside Out #2)

Young Adult
March 1 2011
Trade Paperback
320 pages
Harlequin Teen
Received from NetGalley

Kick Ass Chick – Trella

From Goodreads
“Me? 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.”


This review contains itsy bitsy spoilers about book one in this series

Holy Cow what a ride!  This book doesn’t stop almost from the very first page.  How Trella doesn’t have an ulcer the size of a basketball is beyond me…

Outside In is the second book in this series by Maria V. Snyder.  Now I don’t usually search out YA titles anymore, nor do I search out Sci-Fi Dystopian books (almost never anyways), but I really enjoy Maria’s writing and pretty much pick up every major release she puts out.  And since I read the first book Inside Out and liked it enough, I wanted to know where the story was going to go.

The characters in this book are all good.  Well written, well rounded, each with a purpose.  They were fine and all but they weren’t what had me gasping over and over.  The story of Outside In is just go go go.  Really, wow!  And you have no idea where it’s headed!  Well, you think you do until something else happens and you are left thinking “Well, there goes that theory”.  When you finally find out who is behind everything and why, you can’t help but be surprised.  For me though, that’s when I lost a little of my connection with the story.

As readers of my blog and my reviews know, I have trouble connecting with books set in space or the far and very different future as well as books set in the past.  Don’t know why.  Wish I did.  Outside In (just like Inside Out) could very well take place here on earth in the not so distant future.  But when the mystery starts being solved in this book, it becomes clear that that’s pretty much impossible.  (When you read it you’ll understand what I mean.)  However, the action kept me going and kept me wanting to know what would happen next.

I don’t think it’s necessarily imperative that you read the first book before reading this one.  Of course, you meet Trella and you learn the whole story of why they are where they are first hand.  But the story in book two takes a totally different turn than from the story in book one and Maria does a good job telling you what you need to know to stay on top of things.  I really thought this little quote from the prologue was amusing:

Now I’m not going to detail everything that happened.  If you want to know all about it, you can go to your computer and read through this file:  ISBN-978-0-373-21006-0.

If you Google that ISBN number, it brings up Inside Out.  Clever clever Maria.

Since I rate on whether or not I would read the book again, I would say that I would not read this one again.  Did I enjoy it while I was reading it?  Absolutely!  It was a thrill that I had trouble putting down!  But I didn’t connect enough with it.  It was not the writing’s fault.  The writing was solid and the story was very well thought out.  The world built in these books is very tightly wound as well.  This is just one of those times when the line “it’s not you, it’s me” fits perfectly.  Because it is really me…and nothing against this book.  If you are a fan of YA Dystopian books, pick this one up!

3.5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“I wasn’t nasty. More like grumpy and a little surly.”
“’There, that’s better.  Now you look like the wild scrub that fell into my life.’
‘Because you loosened the vent’s screws.’
‘Best.  Decision.  Ever.’”

Books in the Inside Out series —
Inside Out
Outside In

  1. I don’t like her other series…so I am hesitant to try this…although I know she is popular. Sounds like something I would like though

  2. Sounds like the plot was pretty awesome… that’s a YA I might actually be interested in. 😀

  3. I am curious but after reading two bad books by her and one amazing I am worrried

  4. Mandi – I remember you’re not being a fan of her adult stuff… This YA is very different from that. Completely different! LOL

    Spinecracker – You may not mind this. 🙂

    blodeuedd – Maybe you don’t connect with her writing voice? Her YA is not like her adult series though.

  5. Great review!

    I amd really loving this series, I hope there is a third book!

    I wouldnt re-read it either, but in my case its VERY rare that I’d re-read a book or series hehe

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