Outside In (Insider #2)
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.
That's the least of her problems. Seems the Uppers and Scrubs still distrust each other. The new Committee is going no where. Trella's still not willing to admit Dr. Lamont might in fact be her birthmother. Also it seems others are trying to sabotage any kind of truce. Just when Trella thinks things can't be any worse, she finds something that will make her question her whole existence.
I admit I thought the first book in this series, INSIDE OUT, had a tad bit too much telling of Trella's world. I didn't really have a feel for Trella until the middle of the story. The second book though shows us Trella and her conflicts with not only those around her but her growing attraction to Riley. I liked the dialogue between Trella and Riley. The chemistry between the two of them is more intense and feels very real. One of my favorite characters had to be Dr. Lamont, who Trella still considers a traitor. Then add the mystery on who exactly is behind the explosions and who to trust.
Trella's a strong heroine who's not afraid to battle back. She does get in more than one bloody fight but she refuses to back down. That and her honesty about her whole existence are a big plus in this story.
I think I preferred this one more than Inside Out, as I think that the idea of the people from Outside coming in caught my attention. I liked how Trella found herself the leader of a revolution, a position she didn't want. This reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games, for some odd reason, but I think I prefer The Hunger Games, by far.
I think the characters develop a lot more in this book. I thought the relationship between Riley and Trella was no way near as good as the one between Valek and Yelena, in the Study Series. I loved this book, though. I think Maria V. Snyder is an amazing writer, I and I wish she would hurry up and finish writing Scent of Magic.
I really appreciated the position Trella found herself in after the revolution completed and the real governing began. She, much like Katniss in The Hunger Games, has unintentionally found herself the figurehead of a revolution, and everyone has expectations of her. As she says on page 64: "I've done my part. It's time for other people to step in and set up a better system. I wouldn't know the first thing about running a society." She fears the authority that gives her and would prefer to continue exploring. Trella really grows through the course of this novel, way more than in the last one, but she does so very naturally.
As a last comment, I have to give Snyder some major props for the steamy (if sadly brief) scenes between Riley and Trella. She can write some good stuff that definitely leaves you wanting to find a Riley of your own (not to mention a shower). I will be definitely be reading Snyder's Study series soon!