INSIDE OUT by Maria V. Snyder


Age Range: 14 & up
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Trella’s world, called Inside, is divided both physically and socially. The upper levels of Inside house the white-collar class, and the lower levels are for laborers. Trella is a scrub, a lower-level resident whose job is to keep Inside clean. Her small stature enables her to travel around Inside via its environmental control system and spy on the Uppers. Then, her only friend enlists her to help hide Broken Man, who claims that he has found the Gateway to the outside world. By accident, Trella becomes the face of a scrub revolution, and she resorts to leading a double life in order to save both her friend and the hope that the Gateway exists. Despite a promising concept, the book fails to grab readers and never gains momentum. Broken Man’s role as the prophet of the revolution is never explained. The peripheral characters exist for their roles in the revolution save for an Upper named Riley, who becomes Trella’s love interest. Too many rushed plotlines about Inside’s history and families plus not enough character development or worldbuilding make for a dull story. (Science fiction. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-373-21006-0
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2010