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Outside In by Maria V Snyder

07 Jan, 2011 by in maria v snyder, outside in 5 comments

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 1, 2011
by Harlequin Teen
ISBN 0373210116
series; Inside Out #2
4.5 stars

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.

In this second installment of Maria V Snyder’s Inside Out series Trella “the pipe queen” has led a rebellion against the uppers and the Trava’s. Divisions between the two are supposed to be smoothed over by a committee of 19 leaders but things aren’t going so hot. No one wants to work, old prejudices abound and squabbles turn into more, bombs begin to rock the Inside. Their lives may be in danger as they hurdle through space in a giant cube and systems are down. It’s up to Trella, Riley, Logan and their crew to find out who is threatening them and bring order t0 their community.

Trella has some important decisions to make about who she is and how much responsibility she wants to take on. Her character is forced to do a lot of growing up to shift into position as leader. All the old cast is back but you’ll be on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who is sincere and who is evil. Plus we meet a fun new character named Bubba Boom. Duplicity and high tension is riddled throughout Outside In. We learn more a lot about Dr. Lamont and grow to see a different side of her. But, my favorite character this time around is Logan, TechNo extraordinaire.

Outside In had me hooked despite the technical descriptions of quadrants and time which I had a hard time with in the first book. Snyder does an excellent job of crafting personalities and pitting them for and against each other. She adds much more sci-fi to the mix which makes it more than just dystopian.

The climax caught me completely by surprise. I had NO CLUE who was controlling things on the Inside until it was spelled out to us. The only set back for me in the book was the two sex-y scenes that seemed to literally come out of the sky. One minute Riley and Trella meet, then they barely have time to spend any time together. The next thing they are fighting and two seconds later comes more than I think the plot suggested they were ready for. Unfortunately, this makes for a mature teen read of 16 and over.

Overall, I thought the writing of Outside In was ingenious. Maria Snyder captures details and creates a world like no other we have seen. Thanks so much to HarlequinTeen and NetGalley for introducing me to book two. I enjoyed it more than the first, Inside Out, and I fell head over heels for Riley’s sheepy. So, here’s your chance below to win one or get your own beacon device just like Trella’s….

Stuffed Sheepie Giveaway

07 Jan, 2011 by in etsy, maria v snyder, outide in, sheepie 84 comments

Our second Outside In giveaway is for a stuffed sheepie similar to the one I imagine Riley had as a child and was donated by shop owner Knitting Follies.
“I’ve been sewing, knitting, and crafting in one form or another since I was 5 years years old, and doing so in a professional capacity on and off for the last 15 years. I teach knitting, design knitwear for humans and dogs, and design high-quality historic clothing for re-enactors, SCA, and Ren Faires.

In addition, I spin much of my own yarn and make many of my own knitting accessories, since no one knows better what I need in a tool or case than I do! “

Description: Adorable, handknit and felted sheep made from 100% wool and stuffed with polyester fiberfill. Each sheep is approximately 7 inches tall and 6 1/2 inches long, though each is handmade so each sheep is unique.

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Contest ends January 28, 2011 and is open internationally.

"Inside Out" By Maria V Snyder

21 Apr, 2010 by in book review, maria v snyder 4 comments

published April 1st 2010 by Harlequin
details Paperback, 313 pages
3.5 stars

synopsis from goodreads… I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it’s all that dangerous – the only neck I risk is my own. Until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution. I should have just said no…

I got this book as part of the Mundie Moms ARC tour and Maria V. Snyder is one of my favorite authors. Her Poison Study series for adults is incredible. What I love about Maria’s writing is that she portrays a strong, stubborn emotionally guarded female who can hold her own. One with little attachment to her parents or past who has troubles with trust. A woman who is looking to buck the status quo and find a better society. Along comes a man to help her ands the rest is always beautiful as they work to smooth our her rough edges, yet there is acceptance and respect between them. I saw interesting parallels in the books. This one also reminded me a lot of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield.
Inside Out is science fiction mixes with a touch of innocent romance. The reader is transported into a world consisting of class distinctions, overcrowding and manual labor where Big Brother- the Pop Cops watch your every step. Trella is the heroine, the princess of the pipes. She is not short on courage or guts and she takes a revolution into her own hands with the help of dreamy Riley. The clock is ticking and her friends lives are on the line. Can they find the gateway to a new life in time to save him?
I admit after a few days of thought this book left an impression and grew even more on me. I give it 3.5 stars and think we will see “Inside Out” in libraries and classrooms across the country as a topic of discussion. Well done once again Maria!