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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Its okay

    A good book, but it takes forever to get past a page. Its a slow but good book.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Not a favorite, It's O.K.

    Ugh, Ive been putting off writing this review for a while. Why? Well, because I am not exactly sure what to say about it. I have read so many rave reviews about this book. I know that so many people absolutely love this series. At this point, it is safe to say that I don't love it. I started this book one night, laying in bed with no distractions, ready to get started on a great book that I was ready to fall in love with. I read about 40 pages, and had to put it down. Not because i just couldn't go on, but because I got bored. I didn't know what to do with myself, I was completely distraught with the fact that I wasn't head over hills for this story! Why wasn't I into this book that so many had raved about? It tormented me for about 3 days before I picked it back up again, and started where I had left off. Over the next 50 pages, I had to push through reading it. After about page 100, it started growing on me. Not at a dramatic rate, but hey, it was progress! I want to be able to tell you what I didn't like about it, or what bothered me about it, but I'm afraid I just can't do that because I honestly don't know! What I can tell you is that I didn't 'connect' with the main character like I would've liked. I didn't care for how the book began, how it introduced Trella. I apologize for not being able to provide you more explanation at this time. Like I said, after the first 100 pages, it started getting better for me. I was able to immerse myself a little more into the story. The pace picked up a bit and I found myself actually anxious to find out what happened next. I liked the action and the premise started to interest me more. The mystery in this book is really great! I didn't figure out the big twist of 'Outside' until the moment it was revealed! I can honestly say that this book kept me guessing. I want to say that it is not the authors writing style that turned me off, I thoroughly enjoyed the way she described characters and their surroundings. I didn't love the book, but I AM glad that I finished it because I did like it! I don't think it is one that I would re-read, but maybe a few years down the road I'll pick it up again to see if I feel differently about it. I will be reading Outside In, the second book in the series, as I have it for review. I am hoping that I find it more alluring I encourage you to go check out other reviews before you let my opinion affect your decision on picking up this book. Everyone has different tastes in books, just because it isn't a favorite of mine doesn't mean it wont be a favorite of yours!

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    Its Not Bad ...

    Its not great either. Nothing is really gained or lost in this story. The characters never produce anything that would make one pause and think (even a teenager). There are very large wholes in the story that could have been filled nicely or better. All in all it is what it is and that's a teen novel. It has a good pace to it and I finished it quickly while it entertained for the most part. When reading the first few chapters, I really thought the story was going to be something worth passing on to my niece and nephew, but I don't think I'm going to do that. It would have been great if the story went somewhere that would've promoted a conversation about something relative to society as a whole. I like dystopian novels as its a wonderful tool to start talking about relative things in the present, but this one falls short on that level. It would have been nice to glimpse LC Karla's side of the story. The story line is a bit lopsided as evil bad people are usually more of a compound subject than the novel provides. As a whole the story seems to push a group identity over empowering the individual, and any cause is as good as another in the end as long as its opposite to the Pop Cops ideology. It never touches bigger ideas like one oligarchy swapping things out with a granfalloon and we get to do it all over again because Karla's kind never seem to disappear as a theme. We have duality with simple means to an end, but like I said nothing is gained or lost in this book on an intellectual level. Its an OK book. It would make a great Hollywood movie I think.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Inside Out, a new series starter by Maria V. Snyder. A novel for a younger audience.

    I love the Study series and Glass series by Maria V. Snyder so I had high expectations for her new series starter, Inside Out. Unfortunately this new novella did not live up to that expectation. While the Study and Glass series convey feelings of wide open spaces, Inside Out is very restricted and almost claustrophobic. And I'm not just referring to her choice of setting. That restriction is mirrored in our leading lady. While Snyders other heroines develop throughout their tales, Trella seems almost stifled (or restricted) in her development. While she has the opportunity for growth and does open her eyes to some issues she never really grows on you. It's difficult to relate to a girl very few personality traits.
    Then of course there is the story itself. The search for Gateway and an ultimate freedom. While not a bad plot it fails to deliver. The pacing seems to just crawls along, taking it's sweet time to reach the climax (which was predictable and disappointing). You're left feeling cheated, especially if you have read Snyders other series and know that this just didn't live up to the level you know that Snyder can write to.
    Perhaps it was indeed intended for a younger audience and hopefully it will get better as the series progresses. I might read the next one just for that reason.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Inside Out Review

    I liked the plot, theme, and the main character, Trella. The story tells us about the life of scrubs and uppers.As a scrub Trella struggles to keep herself from being noticed from everyone, especially from the pop cops. She does her job, spending most of her time hiding in the pipes. She is strong and despite being a scrub she gives us a feel that she is in control, the feel of a true leader. On her quest to learn about the Outside, she makes new friends who are willing to help her and eventually opens up a little. I would definately recommend this book to young adults who like science fiction and a little romance. It is quick paced which made me finish it really fast. I also recommend anyone interested to read Snyder's other books, especially the Poison Study series. Since Poison Study is a little more for mature young adult, (and this is just my opinion) I wouldn't recommend them to ages 16 and under.

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