Let's start with the bad. Yes, this book is not well written. Actually, the writing was so poor that I started to doubt my own English language skills...moreLet's start with the bad. Yes, this book is not well written. Actually, the writing was so poor that I started to doubt my own English language skills, and it made me wonder if it was even edited. Having said that, the story absolutely made up for the terrible writing. This is post-apocalyptic fiction in pure form: no electricity, starvation, diseases, and looting gangs. Difficult choices need to be made in order to survive. I really liked the way that the story was set in a modern society, which makes it even more realistic. This book is terrifying and depressing, a must read for fans of post-apocalyptic fiction. http://www.fragmentsoffiction.com/201...(less)
I had this one on my to-read-list for a while. I love dystopian books, but the synopsis did not really grab me. So when I finished the Study series (l...moreI had this one on my to-read-list for a while. I love dystopian books, but the synopsis did not really grab me. So when I finished the Study series (loved it!) I decided to stick with Maria V. Snyder and give this one a go. Although it's very different from the Study books I must say that I was not disappointed. Trella is an interesting character: curious, feisty, rebellious and brave. The story had some good twists, a little bit of romance and a great ending. The only negative was that I found it hard to imagine the world that Snyder describes. I could not get a good picture of how Inside related to Outside and the architecture of the structure.
The story is narrated by Ellie, who was elected by the group to keep a record of the events that happened. This results in a sort of diary-style writi...moreThe story is narrated by Ellie, who was elected by the group to keep a record of the events that happened. This results in a sort of diary-style writing. It made the start of the book rather slow, because Ellie starts with introducing all her friends and she takes her time to write how they convinced their parents to go on this camping trip. I would not have mind if the story started at the point where they would come back from the bush and find their homes deserted, because that's when the book starts to become interesting. They find out that Australia has been invaded by a foreign country and that their families have been taken captive. Ellie and her friends decide to hide from the enemy and return to their camping spot hidden in the bush where they start to make plans to sabotage the enemy and to prepare their guerilla actions.
Ellie and her friends are normal teenagers with normal teenage problems and Ellie describes her friendships and the romances that are blossoming between some of them. I did not really care for these parts because I found them rather high-school-ish. At some points Ellie even annoyed me because of her selfishness and drama.
The action scenes on the other hand are pretty amazing and suspenseful. The guerilla actions are dangerous, but (relatively) realistic and not without casualties. And as annoying Ellie can be, she is pretty fierce when it comes to fighting the enemy.
Although the book started out slow and Ellie annoyed me at times, there is lots of action towards the end and the book ended with such a cliff hanger that I could not wait to read the second book in the series. The second book has absolutely no pace issues and I loved it so much more than this one, so if you decide to pick up this book be prepared to read the full series. With the current flood of YA dystopia books out there, this series is definitely recommended as it's unique in its setting and story.
I simply love the cover of this book. It's so pretty! I am not really into spaceships, so I was a bit hesitant to start this book. However, the first c...moreI simply love the cover of this book. It's so pretty! I am not really into spaceships, so I was a bit hesitant to start this book. However, the first chapter where Amy and her parents are turned into frozen cargo immediately drew me in. The freezing procedure is described in full detail and made me curious about what would happen next.
I liked this book a lot. It's a great mix of science-fiction, murder-mystery, dystopia and a little bit of romance. Although finding out who was the murderer was not a great surprise, the story still had some nice twists and some aspects that I did not see coming. The ending was a bit open, which I liked.