Outside In picks up soon after the end of Inside Out. Trella kind of takes a backseat to the committee, and wants to just explore more of Inside and spend more time with Riley. She feels she doesn’t have the expertise to make decisions that will impact the citizens of Inside. She doesn’t realize that the citizens of Inside see her as a leader, one who has abandoned them. There hasn’t been much progress and everyone is still being segregated, Uppers from Scrubs. The Scrubs are losing hope that changes will soon be made because hardly any are being implemented as fast as everyone had hoped. All these things soon lead to huge problems; bombs are being set off and someone has taken over the computer systems. Trella has to figure out who she can trust in her quest to finding out who’s responsible for these attacks. People she thought she could trust will let her down and she will find allies in very unexpected places.
Trella and Riley’s relationship is beyond cute! Riley is very funny and adorable, I wish I could materialize him from the pages of this book!! (Wishful thinking…sigh) They have this mocking, sarcastic way of joking around with each other that makes me laugh. I just love it! He loves her so much but she can’t seem to brave that step towards the idea of a future with him, which will bite her in the butt! There are a lot more sexy scenes between these two than in the previous book, which I shamelessly enjoyed…A LOT!
Trella also has her new found mother to deal with. I feel bad for Dr. Lamont. She has made some bad choices out of desperation, and Trella doesn’t feel she deserves a second chance for betraying all of them. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship evolve chapter after chapter.
Maria V. Snyder leaves me in awe once more with her amazing world building and characters. She created a very vivid picture in my mind! This book was a nail biter, page after page, with a whole lot more action and fighting than the last book. Aside from that, you take away a feeling of hope for the lives of these characters she has so thoughtfully created. I highly recommend this series. And if you haven’t read her Poison Study series, I suggest you run out and buy that as well! It is a must for anyone who loves to read fantasy.
Outside In by Maria V. Snyder
Series: Insiders #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: March 1st 2011
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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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.