Review: Outside In is the second book in the Inside Out series. I have to admit that I didn’t realize this until I began reading. However, it’s not an issue. Snyder addresses all the major happenings that took place in the first story, so I was easily able to follow along in Trella’s new adventure aboard the Colony spaceship. In the first book, Trella helped launch a rebellion, overthrowing the governing Trava family, and the segregation of the Uppers and Lowers. In this new book, Trella is reluctant to take on the leading role that has been appointed to her—wanting nothing more than to explore the colony ship’s upper, previously undiscovered, compartments and bask in some down time with her boyfriend Riley. But no such luck, there are bombs going off and something, or someone, is taking over the Transmission—the mainframe that controls the ship. During this, the Trava family is being held prisoner, while the rebels that took control now run things. Trella finds herself, once again, having to step in and bridge the gap between the Uppers and Lowers. Trella has an estranged relationship with her new-found mother, and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the story. I really liked Trella’s character. Although she doesn’t want to take on responsibility, battling within herself just what part she should to play, she eventually understands that she must trust her instincts—though at times she fumbles—and become the leader others view her as. Riley was a fantastic character as well. I like that his relationship with Trella was real. They argued and disagreed on many issues, but he supported her, wanting her to become the leader he saw in her. There was some pretty gruesome fight scenes and drama through and through, but lovers of the Hunger Games would find nothing in here too disturbing. I think this is a wonderful addition to the YA Dystopian/Science Fiction market.
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen