Book Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar


Keep Your Head Down.

Don’t Get Noticed.

Or Else.

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.


Seamless. That’s what this book is all about. The moment i read the first chapter, i was hooked. to trella’s world. to the Uppers and Lowers. to the Pop Cops. there’s no turning back once i hit the pages. i just need to read and read and read.


The plot was concrete so it wasn’t hard on the author’s part to sell it to me. it was readily believable and easy to absorb in. the segregation. the population control. the 10-hour on-off work hours! my, oh my. it is a sick world to be in. i was addicted to it!


She is strong, self-sufficient, dependable, a loner (despite having only Cogon as her friend) and a cynic.  she doesn’t think things will ever change. it is the reality of her life. so she goes on with as less trouble as possible. but as strong as she may be, she still feels the sting of labels. being a Lower. a scrub. the queen of pipes. yet she swallows it all down and work her job diligently. i admire her character. her conviction. who wouldn’t be? in a dystopian world like hers, i’d be the same. and yet she could not prevent the inevitable. being the queen of pipes led her to the hope that she thought she could never have the luxury to ponder. led her to take action. led her to being the threat the Travas thought impossible.


he’s an okay character, i guess. not much of a standout from my POV. pretty much Trella is the star of the book, so there.

no need to highlight my ultimate high experience and fave scenes, coz truth be told, from start to finish of the book, i was riveted scene after scene. the story goes in one fluid motion. from one false prophet to the revolution, it was inevitable.

the verdict: fan of dystopian novels? then pick this up. it is action-packed, suspenseful read that you won’t have time to get bored.

oh and yeah, book two is out now. so expect me to pick up where Trella left off as soon i can lay my hands on it. 🙂


“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

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