March 24, 2011

Review - Outside In (Maria V. Snyder)

The second in the series, Outside In by Maria V. Snyder once again delves into the dystopian / science fiction universe she created in Inside Out. While I never read the first book, which can often be problematic when reading books from a series, I had no trouble to delve right into the story.
After finding out that there's a whole new world outside the cube Trella lives in, and slowly settling into a live where “scrubs” and “uppers” are equals, explosions in key areas of the ship rattle its inhabitants. Are these acts by angry ex-scrubs or from someone else entirely? Maybe even someone from outside?
Narrated by Trella this is a truly engaging story story with well developed characters, great dialogues and twists and turns around every corner. Especially Trella's relationship with The Traitor aka her mother is nicely wrought and the romantic touch the story gets through her relationship with Riley fits right in with the plot. Most of all it's the girl herself that breathes so much life into the story as she's one of the rare characters who comes across as very real with her thoughts and emotions.
While not every YA novel can be equally enjoyed by both younger audiences and adults, this one is certainly a great read I can recommend to all ages.
In short: A fantastic science fiction novel that literally begs to be continued!

4/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley.com book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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