Monthly Archives: February 2011

Review: Outside In by Maria V. Snyder

❝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.❞

Read: 25 Feb 2011
Rating: 5/5✰

Published March 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373210114


Outside In, the second book in the “Inside Out” series, picks up six weeks post-Force of Sheep rebellion which occurred in Inside Out. Trella, used to being the Queen of the Pipes and now seen as victorious leader of the rebellion, is doing all she can to avoid any responsibility, most importantly aftermath clean up and reorganization of the Insiders.

The Insiders, now a combination of Uppers and Scrubs, find themselves under control once again. But, this time, instead of Pop Cops and the Travas, there’s a Committee – “comprised of one representative from each of the nine upper families and one leader from each scrub area like hydroponics and waste-water. Eighteen in all. Since an even number could cause problems when members voted, a nineteenth spokesperson had been added.” They’d wanted that person to Trella, but she refused, taking position of Consultant. Jacy filled the nineteenth spot.

Despite Trella’s hopes that the creation of the Committee would solve the problems faced by the Insiders, people remained resistant to them. Scrubs eventually stopped doing their jobs because Uppers refused to get their hands dirty and help out. Chaos was not far behind.


Trella’s world continues to change throughout the book. Her physical world is growing. They’ve discovered levels above those where they’ve spent their lives. They are trying to remodel them to accommodate all the Insiders in a more comfortable, spacious setting. Her personal life is changing as well. Her relationship with Riley is growing; Dr. Lamont, who believes Trella’s her long-lost daughter, tries to prove that she is on Trella’s side; and Trella must realize that she needs to step up if she wants things to work Inside.

With every turn of the page, you question, along with Trella, the loyalty of those in her life. The lines are blurred as she becomes a leader once again.

For the first 1/2 of the book, readers who fell in love with Trella’s quick thinking and do-or-die-trying attitude will be disappointed to find her avoiding everything. But, once Trella realizes that she is in fact needed and can help, she accepts the challenge with the gusto and persistence we’ve come to expect from her.

The relationship between Trella and Riley was one that you could relate to easily. Their feelings for each other and their attraction was more evident in this edition. Though the story remains PG-rated, they had some hot warm new love moments. The ups and downs they faced and their reactions to them were realistic, even if frustrating at times.

I really enjoyed this addition to the series. I’m hopeful that the series will continue, there are still questions left unanswered. However, the ending did wrap up much of the story which leads me to wonder if it will be a duology instead.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for allowing me the opportunity to read this ARC.

Other books in the series: