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? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
Finally - a YA dystopian novel without a sappy love story! The setting of Inside Out might be a little confusing at first, with Inside's complicated layout and their special way of telling days and weeks in multiples by ten, but it is all very well described, and once I got into it I really enjoyed this book.
What I liked the most is that even if the concept of Inside is so far from the way we live, it is really easy to relate to. If I lived like a scrub, like the main character Trella, I'd jump at the first possibility of a rebellion, because even with the risk of punishment, the hope of something different would make it all worth it. Inside Out is a well written, original novel with a very compelling female lead. I was a little disappointed by the ending, but it really just made me want to read the sequel, Outside In, that much more.
Inside Out has two different covers, but the one on my version is very fitting, and once you've read the whole novel you'll see why.
My rating of this book:
4 stars out of 5
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