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Inside Out (Insiders #1)

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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 be

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Paperback, AU, 315 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2010)
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Amelia It explained in the book that their time system is different than hours, and that she was 17.3 years by the "old system"
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It explained in the book that their time system is different than hours, and that she was 17.3 years by the "old system"
They have 100 hours in their weeks. That said, I still found a bunch of places where this didn't make sense. Maybe their hours are different too?(less)

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Misty
Okay. Let's begin with the fact that I got a digital copy of this early, which -- no, no, no, let's go back farther. Let's begin with the fact that I met MVS back in November (and I never posted pictures or notes of the rollicking good time that was had by all), and at dinner, she told us about the book she was working on that was due to come out in, oh, 1/2 a year (the tease). It was a YA dystopian novel she says, and then I drifted out a bit, because could she have said anything more up my ...more
oliviasbooks
Nov 02, 2016 oliviasbooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who liked dystopian fiction like Exodus by Julie Bertagia
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Annalisa
Dec 03, 2013 Annalisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Uglies and similiar YA distopias
I'd say this is a cross between The Uglies and (view spoiler). Interesting, but not completely original. I struggled understanding some of the world, especially the way she calculated birthdays and eventually gave up trying to figure out how old everyone was or how much time had passed. Plus, there were some minor discrepancies/holes in her world that gave me pause (like the rotating of shifts that supposed to be half on/half off, but then staggered when it was convenie ...more
Brooke
Wow. I definitely underestimated this book. So good!

I'm not going to say much, because it's not really a book you can review in detail without giving much away.

Maria Snyder creates an intricate world which is so easy to get caught up in. I must admit, it confused the heck out of me at first and on several occasions I considered setting the book aside, but I'm so glad I didn't. I needed to do a few 'read-then-re-read's of sentences to make sure what I was reading made sense, but after you catch o
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Anne Osterlund
Jan 26, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trella is the Queen of the Pipes. Capable of climbing places where NO ONE else can go on the Inside. Not her fellow scrubs, forever hemming her in, or the uppers—the exalted upper level inhabitants who think they control the scrubs. No one controls Trella.

Because she doesn’t connect.

But the chance to find Gateway. The chance to escape the Inside.

THAT is a challenge Trella can’t turn down.

A challenge that matters to everyone on the Inside. Enough for people to risk their lives. The workers in the
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April
I am so glad I had low expectations for Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder, because it blew my mind. I often set the bar high for books that I read and wind up disappointed, so I was quite pleased when the opposite proved true while reading Inside Out.
Read the rest of my review here
Lenore Appelhans
Mar 01, 2010 Lenore Appelhans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
Trella is a scrub, just one of the thousands packed in like sardines in the lower levels who keep Inside clean. Because of her penchant for roaming the miles of pipes around Inside to steal moments of peace for herself, Trella is known as Queen of the Pipes. And her superior knowledge of getting around comes in handy when she inadvertently starts a rebellion against the ruling Upper family of Inside and their brutal Pop Cops.

I don’t often get fangirly in my reviews, but OMG does this book make m
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

My rating would possibly be higher, but the fact that I've read The Hunger Games this year is keeping me from liking this book any more. Comparing the two is unavoidable.

Suzanne Collins said she was watching a reality show on one channel and footage of the Iraq war on the other when she got the idea for The Hunger Games. I'll take a wild guess and say that Snyder got the idea for Inside Out while watching that great National Geographic special about the Berlin Wall. :)

Th
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Eric Boot
WOW-WOW-WOW! Gewoon amazing, en VEEL beter dan ik verwacht had. Ik zat gelijk lekker in het verhaal, en na een tijdje kon ik het boek echt NIET meer wegleggen. En vooral Binnen vond ik echt heel gaaf en origineel... eigenlijk was het hele idee gewoon te gek. Vooral na de onthullingen op de laatste 10 pagina's...
Emily May
I was looking forward to a matrix-style reality and all kinds of philosophical questions about life, death and whatever... it didn't deliver. I struggled to finish it, I'm afraid.
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
Maria V Snyder is just amazing!
Janina
Aug 29, 2010 Janina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dystopian fiction that includes rebellion and class divide
Recommended to Janina by: Olivia
Inside Out is definitely totally different from Synder’s Study series, but set in a fascinating new world that I was drawn into from the very beginning.

Inside is an intriguing place. Divided into four levels, it is the home of the uppers and lowers, also called scrubs, and a wonder of modern technology. Especially the scrubs suffer from shortage of space and the constant presence of the Pop Cops, who ensure that everything runs smoothly and according to the Controller’s orders.

Trella is a scrub
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Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
*3.8 stars*

“When the effort fails, is it worth the cost?”

Inside Out is captivating read, with some surprising twists in the storyline, full of interesting sci-fi elements - if you're into that sort of thing, if not you'll struggle to get into it at the beginning. (Like me, I have to say). Characters were ok, but not truly remarkable (I hope that the second book will change that). There is little bit of romance, but no love triangle and it's not getting into the way of the story like in lot of
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Mariah
Jul 01, 2010 Mariah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mariah by: find books by title or author or isbn
Shelves: for-review, tour, arc, own, 2010, jan10, ala10
I received this book just as I was starting to read Maria's first novel Poison Study. So I was kind of comparing the different styles of the different series. That was probably not very fair because I absolutely loved the Poison Study series, while I was not as enamored with this book.


Because of all of the amazing dystopian books that are available, this one needed to be amazing to really stand out in such a large market. And while I enjoyed it, it kind of fell flat. The premise was good and ove
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Avidbookworm
rating: 2 stars
summary: horrible book

This book was atrocious and was the first book I've read by Maria V. Snyder I have since given her several more opportunities to "wow" me or show me what kind of writing she is capable of and each time it has been quite disappointing.

'Inside-Out' is another typical young adult dystopic, novel where the main character for some reason can change/save the world and of course has a love interest blah, blah, blah the list goes on.
The main character I found VERY ha
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Camilla
Feb 02, 2011 Camilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
This was probably the only book I've ever read where I went to sleep still thinking about it, and woke up still imagining the possibilities of what was going to happen next. The world Snyder has created is truly fantastic, out of the norm, and even heartbreaking. After I read the last page, I learned that Snyder actually got this entire idea, a long with the characters, the twists and even the ending. . . from a dream! After learning that I was a little shocked, but once I thought about what I ...more
Jubilation Lee
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Inspired Kathy
Jan 27, 2012 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Maria Snyder's Study Series has been one of my long time favorites so I was excited to finally get around to reading Inside Out. This book ended up being far different from the Study series but I still enjoyed it.

It's hard to say much about this one that isn't a spoiler. Inside Out is a dystopian story with a science fiction twist. There were many things that were similar to several other dystopian books I've read recently, it helped to remind myself that this one was written prior to those book
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I'm having a love affair with Maria V. Snyder! Everything she writes, I love. Nevertheless, I'm such a big fan, I'm almost anticipating major disappointment. Thankfully, that disappointment never came!

Inside Out was so good, I could not stop reading it. Ms. Snyder simply picks up the reader and drops him or her right into a new world. Usually, when you read one of her books, it takes you awhile to figure out what the heck is going on. What time era is this? What technology are they talking about
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marlene  (bokhjerte)
It's been a while since i finished a book in only two days. I just couldn't put this book down! The story had me from the beginning, and there were some seriously awesome twist and turns.
I really loved this book! Everyone who enjoys sci-fi or dystopian will definitly enjoy this book too. Read it! :D
Natalia
A really good read. Finally something not overloaded with romance.
Review coming later.
Camilla Rose
Apr 20, 2011 Camilla Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dystopian fiction - fans
Recommended to Camilla Rose by: marlene (bokhjerte)
"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."
- Goodreads

Norwegian review:

Jeg tror dette må være noen av de mest spennende bøkene jeg har lest. Det var slik at jeg hadde ly
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Sarah
I've become a huge fan of Maria V Snyder since I discovered her Avery of Khazan and Chronicles of Ixia series but for some reason I'd never quite got around to trying her Insiders books. I'm really not sure why I left it so long and now I'm kicking myself because Inside Out was fabulous! I think I'd just got a bit bored of YA dystopia, the market has been completely flooded with the genre for a long time now and although this series was published during the early wave because I missed it at the ...more
Caroline
There are books like Inside Out where I start reading without even having read the back cover. I vaguely knew that the heroine lived in pipes but I didn't try to know more. There is nothing I love more than being taken by surprise by an original story and going on an adventure in a new world with new rules. Inside Out doesn't disappoint and I was blown away from the very beginning by the life Inside.

In this world where everyone lives "inside", the society is split between Uppers (living a rather
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Brittany
*Sigh*
I guess I'm in that minority that hates a book that everyone else loves...yet again. I mean honestly, was I just destined to be that pessimistic? I guess so. But excuse me for liking real and quality literature. Oh well, guess it's more fun to hate something then to like it.

Writing Style
Okay Ms Snyder, I will hand you something. You do know how to hold attention. The start intrigued me and was very climatic...except that sense of resolve was on every page of the book. It was just frustra
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Brooke ♥booklife4life♥


Basic Info

Format:
E-book
Pages/Length: 274pgs
Genre: Young Adult; Dystopia
Reason For Reading: Bio sounded good.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
No
Cliff Hanger: Kinda.
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 7
Plot: 7
Characters: 8
World Building: 8
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 5

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
The MC is great!
Worst Part: The ending flew flat.
Thoughts Had: That's it?!

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Sure

Short Review:
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Trella is a scrub - but she's not your average scrub. She has one friend and prefers to spend her time in the pipes rather than with the overcrowded living quarters of the other scrubs. They're forced to clean the Inside for the Uppers. Trella doesn't know much about the world, but when her friend comes to her and says there's someone who wants to meet her, she's suspicious.

What she discovers is something she never imagined. Unknowingly, she starts
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Heather
Trella is your anti-hero. She's smart but rubs everyone the wrong way so only has one friend. She spends all her time in tunnels that run between levels. She's a scrub and she were an upper. It's a dystopian world where there are haves and have nots and a world that's made of tunnels and floors. Everything's going pretty good until her friend Cogon introduces her to Broken Man, the next prophet. Who knows where "Gateway" is, the door to the outside world.

It's a great premise and liked the charac
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Rosie
Dec 27, 2015 Rosie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading quite a few young adult books lately and this dystopia really appealed to me as it sounded like a very unique storyline. Imagine being stuck inside all the time and then discovering there may be an outside?
I found the book very easy to get into, though I had trouble remembering how the weeks, hours, years and ages worked. I still don't think I really grasped it. I also had a bit of trouble visualising how inside worked and what it looked like. A lot of names were talked abou
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Alice
May 16, 2011 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Extremely bored people
I think I might be burned out on dystopic YA. I loved Snyder's Fire Study series and liked the Glass series (which I still haven't reviewed, but are fun fantasy novels with really strong female protagonists), but this is straight sci-fi and it's pretty weak. The world-building is scant, and my anthropologist spidey-sense kept tingling at various entirely unaddressed issues. Lots of deux ex machina technologies too. A very quick read, but I found it pretty boring overall. I'm halfway through the ...more
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Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been ...more
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