Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Others in Series: Outside In
Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
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. (from Goodreads)
I first started out reading Maria V. Snyder's Study series. I fell in love with the characters and the world she created then. When I happened across Outside In on NetGalley, I was intrigued and wanted to read this series. So I picked up Inside Out.
I've been enjoying some dystopian novels lately, and this did not disappoint. The characters in this book have been living in Inside for thousands of weeks. They have been separated into scrubs and the Uppers. The scrubs "maintain" the ship (cleaning, cooking, etc) and sleep in crammed quarters, while the Uppers live and relax in plush apartments... or so the scrubs are led to believe. Trella stumbles upon evidence of a Gateway to Outside, which in turn leads to a rebellion.
Trella in a very likable main character. She's strong, spunky, edgy and tough. She tries to stay off the radar of the Pop Cops (Population Control Police) but realizes that she can't when it comes to doing what is right, not only for herself but all the inhabitants of Inside.
Riley is an Upper that Trella meets through one of her excursions through the pipes, which are her job to clean. They form a tentative friendship at first, but soon come to rely on one another. Riley is a very sweet boy and a great love interest for Trella.
I loved the details about Inside, the workings and the day-to-day life of the inhabitants. I soaked it up and built a mental image of their world in my mind.
The overall world was completely different than what I had taken from Maria's Study series, but I highly enjoyed it. I wanted to know what happened between the scrubs and the Uppers and I could not put it down.