Book Review: Outside In

Outside In CoverBook: Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

Published March 2011 by HarlequinTeen|Pages: 304

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: Insiders #2

Genre: YA Science-Fiction/Dystopic

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Summary: 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.

So, like, every single time I read a Maria V Snyder book, I’m always impressed with how much I like her stuff!  Outside In is the 2nd book in the Inside series, and even though it’s been months since I’ve read Inside Out, I jumped back into this world with no problems.

While we don’t get a lot of history in Outside In, I liked seeing how the characters dealt with Outsiders taking control of their ship.  The Controllers do exist, and we see how they may have ended up Outside.  It wasn’t until I started writing this review that (and looking over my review for Inside Out) that I realized we never learn how they ended up Inside, or why they’re on the spaceship floating along, or how they got to be so self-sustaining.  I was wrapped up with Trella’s story and if they’d be able to get control of their ship back that I didn’t really pay much attention to anything else!

Things weren’t what they seemed, with people who acted suspicious but weren’t involved with the controllers, and people who we didn’t suspect being involved with the whole thing.  I liked how Trella didn’t want to be part of the Committee, and how she didn’t trust herself or her voice until the end, when she realized how horrible the Outsiders were and what they were up to, and managed to organize everyone into saving Inside.

Another great thing is how there’s still the divide between the Uppers and the Lowers, and how there was rebellion amongst the lowers because of old habits dying hard.  I was quite glad to see Trella convince them that they are all Insiders, and not just an upper or a lower, and that they need to unite and work together if they want to save Inside.

The characters are great, and I love that they all have their own personalities.  I didn’t like Trella in this as much as I liked her in the first one, but she’s still a great character.  She was a little bit harder to like in this one, but overall, I still liked her.  Logan and Riley and all of the others were also unique characters that I liked reading about.

While there wasn’t as much exploring in Outside In, I still like that they’re on this ship floating through outer space.  I like that we actually meet the Outsiders and get some of their story and how we’re not sure which story to believe.  I like the little details of Inside  and Outside and the mystery of why they’re Inside and how they got to be Inside.

Final Thoughts:

A lot of my questions from Inside Out weren’t answered, and I have even more questions about the world of Inside!  I really like the world of Inside and how it’s full of different and interesting characters.  While I didn’t love Outside In, I still think it’s a book full of awesome!  Outside In gets 4 stars.


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