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Outside In

byMaria V. Snyder

Paperback | February 15, 2011

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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.
Maria V. Snyder was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University in 1988, before deciding to become a novelist in 1995. Snyder graduated with a Master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2007. The first two books in...
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Title:Outside InFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.24 × 5.36 × 0.86 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0373210116

ISBN - 13:9780373210114

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just as good as first book! This sequel is great still action packed and the arrival of aliens on the ship makes things really creepy and interesting. It sounds dumb as I type it out here but it was very cool
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sequel really love this series. I enjoyed the first book a little more than the second, I felt there were more twists and turns in the first book, but that doesn't mean the second's not good. After reluctantly starting and leading the rebellion against the Travas, Trella thinks her job is done. There's a committee to take care of making decisions for all of Inside and construction on the new levels have started so soon they'll have a lot more room. Trella just wants to explore and find out what else has been hidden from them but everyone else seems to think she should want to be leading them and making decisions and help soothe the bad feelings between the Uppers and the Scrubs. Soon they have bigger problems than the Scrubs feeling like they're still getting a raw deal and the Uppers not volunteering to help with the "dirty jobs". There's an explosion, injuries, casualities, and they discover it was sabotage. Trella deals with so much in this sequel. People place high expectations on her, at only seventee, Riley wants to spend more time with her, Dr Lamont, who's possibly her mother, wants her as her intern. The only character who needed a hug more than Trella was poor Logan. It turns into a whole big wonderful mess of never knowing how to trust and wondering when the saboteur will strike next and who the next victim will be. I enjoy when plots and relationships and character are complex and you get to figure things out along with the main character. A really good follow-up to a great book.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fast-paced yarn for YR Snyder again hits the mark with her sequel to "Inside Out" - a nifty thriller about life inside a giant cube (which we later find is actually a spacecraft). The first book in the series is very intriguing due to the societal restrictions imposed on everyone inside - you have a caste system of workers and these groups are very resentful of the others. With all of the tension of these internal struggles, the first book had no problem keeping our interest throughout the rebellion. With this book, however, the rebellion is over and it has been replaced by an ineffective committee of appointed leaders. There is a lot less tension in this book as Trella comes to grips with the "new order" of things in her world and she tries hard to establish relationships with her friends and colleagues in the aftermath. Most of the book's earlier chapters concern themselves with the chaos that has replaced the iron-clad order that was previously the standard inside the Cube. Part of this is work refusals by the former lower castes and sabotage by malcontents as well. Events really don't heat up until the halfway point when some "Outsiders" manage to hook on to the spacecraft and attempt to hijack the vessel. Part of the action is a little far-fetched at times but it moves along at a steady pace throughout the second half. I found this book to be entertaining and certainly a quick read. It doesn't have any of the more interesting social questions that the first book had and it comes off as being a bit frivolous as a result.
Date published: 2011-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Awesome Sequel Filled with Non-Stop Action! After finished Inside Out, I was so excited and anxious to get my hands on a copy of this sequel. To this day, I still cannot get over at how realistic everything is within this book. The world Snyder has crafted is absolutely fantastic and her characters are crazy awesome. So I was so excited to jump right back into Trella's world. Both books have served every little bit of nail biting action that is sure to have you on the edge of your seat. Trella is the kind of kick butt that has you anticipating every moment of her crazy adventure and I love every twist within the mystery. Together, the world, the characters and the plot are enough to have you captivated right from the start of this sequel. *Before you continue reading, read Inside Out!!!* Snyder starts off by filling the reader in with what happened since the last book. As you know, Inside Out ended with a crazy cliffhanger, Trella and Cog found the Gateway, and opened it. When you start Outside In, you learn that that door led to 'The Outside', also known as Outer Space. Turns out that their world is a giant floating cube floating in space, and when Cog opened the Gateway, he was sucked out into the dark abyss. He died in the act of saving Trella's life. That's not the only new thing that has changed their world, after the rebellion, The Travas were arrested and a temporary Committee was formed. There are no more Pop Cops. Trella also discovered that there are more than just four levels within this metal cube, so the population within can spread out. As you can see, there have been drastic changes to their world, and soon there will be more trouble. When an explosion strikes and it causes serious damage. Many people are hurt and it leads to the next twist in this mystery. Turns out that the explosion no only damaged the power plant system, but it damaged a secret system that they now know about. It's called the Transmission and it's what allows them to move through space. It takes energy from the power plant and releases it to the outside, which allows them to move them to their unknown destination. The explosion wrecked the transmission, which stops them from being able to go faster or slower or even maneuver. In other words, while they are floating in space, things like meteorites, asteroids or comets can crash into them or exert enough energy to throw them of course. This is a dangerous situation that leaves everyone wondering what could be in store next. That's not the last of the unexpected attacks. Looks like someone is out to disrupt the course of their world, and hack into the computer systems. Looks like Logan will have to work with Trella in order to piece together the clues to solve this mystery. and it looks like something from the Outside would like a way in. Along with this mystery/adventure, I was happy to see that many relationships develop. It was great to see Riley and Trella become closer, I love them together and whenever they were side by side, I just couldn't put the book down. It was also great to see Trella's relationship with Dr. Logan, also known as Karla. She has trouble swallowing the fact that she might be her mother, and their relationship hits some rocky patches but I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop. Trella is just an amazing character and I am thrilled that I was able to follow along her journey in discovering more about her world. This series has everything you could ask for! 5/5 2011-012
Date published: 2011-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun, fast paced story Pros: good pacing, interesting story, realistic relationship development Cons: Trella manages to do an awful lot despite injuries and being tracked at one point The Pop Cops are in the brig and a committee now runs Inside. But the scrubs aren't happy and most have stopped working. Trella's still reeling from the events of Inside Out and doesn't want more responsibility. So she's only a consultant to the committee, which is ignoring all of her suggestions. After a blast destroys a key system and injures a lot of people, Trella discovers that it was not an accident but caused by saboteurs. How could things have gone so bad so fast? Ms. Snyder's forte is with relationships, and this book shows off her skill in that regard. Trella's relationship with Dr. Lamont begins strained and slowly develops into something new. Her relationship with Riley also progresses at a natural pace, with her reckless behaviour causing him stress and hesitation with regards to taking things further. As with the previous book, Trella makes mistakes and grows as a person when she acknowledges them. Lots of unexpected twists will keep readers on their toes. While Trella does endure more pain and injuries, again recovering remarkably fast, she remains a fun, flawed character.
Date published: 2011-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Non-Stop Thrill Ride Holy Cow what a ride! This book doesn’t stop almost from the very first page. How Trella doesn’t have an ulcer the size of a basketball is beyond me… Outside In is the second book in this series by Maria V. Snyder. Now I don’t usually search out YA titles anymore, nor do I search out Sci-Fi Dystopian books (almost never anyways), but I really enjoy Maria’s writing and pretty much pick up every major release she puts out. And since I read the first book Inside Out and liked it enough, I wanted to know where the story was going to go. The characters in this book are all good. Well written, well rounded, each with a purpose. They were fine and all but they weren’t what had me gasping over and over. The story of Outside In is just go go go. Really, wow! And you have no idea where it’s headed! Well, you think you do until something else happens and you are left thinking “Well, there goes that theory”. When you finally find out who is behind everything and why, you can’t help but be surprised. For me though, that’s when I lost a little of my connection with the story. As readers of my blog and my reviews know, I have trouble connecting with books set in space or the far and very different future as well as books set in the past. Don’t know why. Wish I did. Outside In (just like Inside Out) could very well take place here on earth in the not so distant future. But when the mystery starts being solved in this book, it becomes clear that that’s pretty much impossible. (When you read it you’ll understand what I mean.) However, the action kept me going and kept me wanting to know what would happen next. I don’t think it’s necessarily imperative that you read the first book before reading this one. Of course, you meet Trella and you learn the whole story of why they are where they are first hand. But the story in book two takes a totally different turn than from the story in book one and Maria does a good job telling you what you need to know to stay on top of things. I really thought this little quote from the prologue was amusing: Now I’m not going to detail everything that happened. If you want to know all about it, you can go to your computer and read through this file: ISBN-978-0-373-21006-0. If you Google that ISBN number, it brings up Inside Out. Clever clever Maria. Since I rate on whether or not I would read the book again, I would say that I would not read this one again. Did I enjoy it while I was reading it? Absolutely! It was a thrill that I had trouble putting down! But I didn’t connect enough with it. It was not the writing’s fault. The writing was solid and the story was very well thought out. The world built in these books is very tightly wound as well. This is just one of those times when the line “it’s not you, it’s me” fits perfectly. Because it is really me…and nothing against this book. If you are a fan of YA Dystopian books, pick this one up! 3.5 stars
Date published: 2011-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as good as the first one! Outside In begins just weeks after Inside Out ended. The Force of Sheep has triumphed; the committee is now running Inside, Trella and Riley are together, and everything should be perfect. But it is not. There is unrest among the Scrubs, believing that nothing has changed, as they still have the same jobs that no one wants. Anna-Jade’s security force is overwhelmed with unrest, guarding the Travas, and trying to get the people of Inside to keep working to keep their world running. Then, a run of sabotages begin. Someone is using fire and explosions to break important components of Inside. A potential takeover of the Inside is in the works. And, as Trella finds out, someone from Outside wants in. This novel is very much about emotions. Fear, frustration, and the desire for emotional connection all play a big role in this edition. Trella feels incompetent to live up to the expectations of the others. Her relationship with Lamont is very much on rocky ground as she tries to come to terms with the meaning of their possible mother/daughter connection. And she is conflicted about what exactly her feelings for Riley are. After having no one but Cogon caring about her, Trella doesn’t know how to handle having so many people concerned about her. As well, there is a constant swirling of suspicions in those around Trella. Who can she trust and who she can’t seems to change at a rapid speed as the story develops. Knowing that this was the last book about the Force of Sheep and the people of Inside, I was hesitant to rush through this book, while at the same time, wanting hurry and find out how it ends. Just as good as the first one, it will keep the reader on the edge of their seat until the very last page. Oh, and what exists at the top of the Expanse has to be read to be believed! I read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley.
Date published: 2011-01-14

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My fingers ached as my leg muscles trembled.Beads of sweat snaked down the skin on my back, leaving an itchy trail. I clung to the almost sheer metal wall and breathed in deep. When my heart slowed to a more normal rhythm, I relaxed my right hand's grip and stretched for the next hand hold—a short piece of pipe. Then I repeated the motion with my left, climbing another meter higher.Far below, spots of daylight illuminated the half completed construction on level ten. Distant voices floated on the stale dusty air. I had passed the last of the bluelights. Nothing but blackness remained above me.I cocked my head, sweeping the flashlight's beam across the wall in search of another pipe to grab. Logan had designed a special helmet equipped with a light to keep my hands free."Trella?" Riley's voice startled me.I lost my grip. Falling, I cursed my own stupidity for not switching my earring/receiver off."I know you can hear me," he said with an annoyed tone. "Where are you?"Getting one hell of a rope burn, I grabbed my safety line and squeezed to slow my fall. After what felt like a thousand weeks, I reached the end of the rope and jerked hard, biting my tongue. I swung, tasting blood and lamenting the slip. That had been the highest point I or anyone else had attained. Ever.Riley grunted in frustration. "Trella, you can go exploring later. You're late for the Committee meeting. They're waiting for you."He wasn't the only one frustrated. For the last twelve weeks, I'd been promised time to go exploring the Expanse. All my previous forays had lasted about an hour before I'd been summoned to another important meeting. This time, I had been determined to ignore everyone, only to forget about the receiver.I had hoped to reach the ceiling of the Expanse, but the effort needed to re-scale the wall would be too much for my tired muscles. Resigning myself to yet another delay, I stopped my swing by dragging my hand along the wall.The construction workers wanted to build a ladder up the side of the Expanse, install daylights and find the ceiling. But the Committee insisted they first finish the six new levels for the citizens of Inside to spread out. I agreed, yet my curiosity would not be satisfied until I knew the height of the Expanse.Pressing the top button on my shirt, I said to Riley, "Tell the Committee I'll be there in an hour. They can start without me. They don't need me there to quibble over every minor detail.""You're right," Riley said. "They need you when they quibble over the insignificant details, the worthless details and the waste-of-everyone's time details."While understandable, his sarcasm was too harsh for someone as even-tempered as Riley. "What happened?""I can't get a work crew to fix the faulty wiring in level five. It's a mess, but they're too busy with level six. We've lived in those four levels for the last one hundred and forty-seven thousand plus weeks, it won't kill us to wait a few more."Overcrowding in the bottom two levels had been insufferable, but now that the uppers and lowers were united, there should be more room. Except the uppers wouldn't consider any plans for the scrubs to move into their levels. They insisted it would be a wasted effort since the new levels would be ready soon."I'll see what I can do," I said. I transferred my weight back onto the wall and unclipped the rope from my safety harness. Climbing down two meters to the roof of level ten, I glanced up. Next time, I would need a longer rope.By then, level six would probably be finished. I walked over to the access stairs. It was so nice not to squeeze between levels. But before I reached them, the construction foreman called my name.I waited for him to join me and smiled in recognition of the burly man. "Hi Hank, how's it going?""Lousy," Hank said. He had buzzed his gray hair to a stubble on his head. Holding a wipe board in one hand, he tapped the board with a marker. "I've a list of repairs for levels one to four, but no one will do them. And I'm losing construction people every hour.""Losing how?""They take a break and never come back." My alarm must have shown on my face, because Hank rushed to assure me. "It's not like that. They're angry the uppers aren't doing any of the work. My crews are being difficult, showing up late, leaving early or not coming at all."A passive resistance. Wonderful. "Why won't anyone fix the repairs?""Same reason. The uppers aren't doing their share."I suppressed a sigh. The Pop Cops had threatened the uppers with exile in the lower levels in order to scare them into cooperating. They had thought life below would be nothing but hard physical labor. Since they had run all the systems in Inside, their jobs involved sitting in front of a computer, and telling the scrubs what to do. Changing their perception of the scrubs was still ongoing, and I believed would be one of the hardest tasks. But not impossible."Okay, Hank. I'll tell the Committee."He looked doubtful. "That Committee can only agree on one thing.""What's that?""To disagree."I laughed, but Hank didn't. "Oh, come on. It's not that bad. We don't have Pop Cops anymore.""Maybe we should."Hank's words followed me as I descended to level three. He had to be joking. No onewell, no scrub—and Hank had been one for maintenance—would ever wish for the return of the Pop Cops. I dismissed his comment as being melodramatic and hurried to my room.Since it had only been twelve weeks since the rebellion, I still slept in the extra room in the infirmary in Sector B3. It had been designated for the Doctor's intern, but, so far, no one could handle the job. I wouldn't mind—a place of my own was a luxury I've never had—except I shared the suite's washroom and kitchen with Doctor Lamont. Also known as Kiana Garrard. Or as I liked to call her, the Traitor.Unfortunately, I remained in the minority. The Committee had reviewed her actions during the rebellion. They decided she had been duped by Lieutenant Commander Karla Trava and her betrayal had minor consequences. Of course, the two infirmaries full of wounded from the revolt had nothing to do with their ruling. And the limited number of doctors hadn't been a consideration, either. Yeah, right and I was Queen of Inside.The Traitor tended to a few patients in the main room of the infirmary. Which consisted of two rows of beds lined up along each side. Curtains hung from U-shaped tracks in the ceiling for privacy and a narrow path cut through the middle. A high counter full of medical supplies covered half the back wall. Next to the counter was another door that led to the Traitor's office, the exam room and the surgery. Beyond them was the apartment.Without looking at her, I hurried past the beds, aiming for the far door."Trella," she called.I paused, but kept my back to her."I have a surgery scheduled for hour sixty. I'll need your assistance.""What happened to Catie?""She passed out when one of the construction crew came in with a bloody gash on his forehead that exposed the bone."Closing my eyes, I suppressed the accusation that she purposely tried to gross out the people I found to help her. Yet another item for my long to-do list—find the Traitor an intern. "I'm busy. You'll have to find someone else to help." I glanced at the clock. Hour fifty-five."I can't train them in five hours, Trella. You have experience and an iron stomach. Plus"I waited.In a softer voice she said, "Plus you're good. You have a natural talent that shouldn't be wasted. You must have inherited that from me."Whirling around, I confronted her. "Now you decide Karla wasn't lying. Does thinking I'm your daughter help you with the guilt over betraying us? Am I supposed to feel special that you risked all we had worked for and died for because of motherly love?"She stepped back in surprise, clutching a tray to her chest as if it were a shield. Her long hair—the same color as mine— had been braided into a single plait that hung to her waist.I hadn't meant to be so nasty, but since the rebellion, she had never once acknowledged the possibility of our relationship, insisting it had been another one of Karla's twisted tricks. I agreed. Riley, though, had speculated that if she believed I was her offspring, then the enormity of what she had done would have overwhelmed her. He had tried to explain it, to help me see it from her point of view.But a traitor was a traitor in my mind. No need to waste time justifying her actions. I had enough to do.Despite my personal feelings, we did need her doctoring skills. "What about Doctor Sanchia?""Busy with his own patients and the scrubthe caretakers in the lower levels." She hesitated.A ripple of unease lapped against my stomach. "They refused?"She met my gaze. "Not in so many words. They just won't answer my requests, and when I go down there, they ignore me or give me the runaround until I give up and leave."Dark circles, new wrinkles and streaks of white hair aged her. She appeared older—closer to fifty centiweeks than forty."How critical is the surgery at hour sixty? Can it be delayed?" I asked."It's Emek's appendix. If I don't remove it soon, it will burst and kill him.""All right, I'll help you. For Emek's sake." I headed to my room. My thoughts returned to the Committee. They would need to investigate why the lower care workers were ignoring requests for help.My palms stung as I washed up. I had forgotten about the rope burns. Grabbing a tube of antiseptic, I rubbed it on the abrasions. Abrasions? I needed to find another place to sleep before I started spouting medical lingo like a pro.Riley's father had offered to move from their apartment, but it was too soon for us to go that next step. Since the rebellion, Riley and I had little to no time to get to know each other better. I touched my silver sheep pendant—a gift from Riley. Perhaps I could live in our storeroom and spend more alone time with Riley. Only a few members of the Force of Sheep knew of its existence. Which made staying there even more appealing.The Committee met in the large conference room next to Inside's main Control Room, both within Quadrant G4. I had argued for the new levels to be built in a different configuration than the existing levels without success.With so many changes happening so fast, the Committee thought a new design would just confuse everyone. So level five resembled levels one through four—a three by three grid, like a Tic Tac Toe board. The four corners were labeled Quadrants and the middle sections were Sectors. Starting from the top row on the left, the first Quadrant was A, then Sector B and Quadrant C. The middle was Sectors D, E and F and the last row had Quadrant G, Sector H and Quadrant I. Just add the level number and any idiot could find a location.I arrived at the meeting two hours late. Slipping into an empty seat beside Jacy, I glanced around the long oval table. The Committee had been comprised of one representative from each of the nine upper families and one leader from each scrub area like hydroponics and waste-water. Eighteen in all. Since an even number could cause problems when members voted, a nineteenth spokesperson had been added.Despite repeated requests that I become the nineteenth member, I refused, preferring to be a part of the Committee as a consultant only. Less responsibility. Riley had been asked next, but he'd quipped that the Committee didn't need both him and his father and he'd claimed that he would be more useful as support personnel.They finally elected Jacy.After my initial surprise at his appointment, and, when I thought it through, it made sense. He had taken over the organization and leadership of the rebellion when I had been captured by the Pop Cops. Plus he was well connected through his network of people in the lower levels.I leaned close to him. "What did I miss?""They're trying to decide which group can move into level five.""Group?" That was new."Once all six new levels are completed, the Committee thinks the nine families can share five levels and the scrubs, broken into groups by areas, can live in the other five.""That won't work.""I know and you know, but try and explain it to those eighteen." He swept his hand out. "They're still thinking in terms of uppers and lowers."Which reminded me. "Are you aware of the labor strike?"Jacy stared at me with a guarded expression. "Yep.""How do we get the workers back?""By having the uppers get their hands dirty for once."And Jacy just proved he also thought in terms of uppers and lowers. If I was being honest, I did as well. That was the problem. But I couldn't figure out a solution.Why should I? I'd done my part and found Gateway, led the rebellion and discovered the Expanse. The multiple scars on my arms, legs and torso from Pop Cop Commander Vinco's knife proved I had sacrificed for the citizens of Inside.I had also lost my closest friend, Cogon. He had acted more like a brother, and I missed him so much my insides felt rusted and brittle. Cog would have loved organizing the construction crews. He'd have insisted on perfection before moving on to another level.Slouching in my chair, I let the Committee's voices roll over me. They didn't need me. The Committee would take us to the next stage.After listening to the sixth scrub area representative list the reasons they should be the first to move into level five, I willed the clock to move faster. These meetings were a waste of my time. I could be spending these hours with Riley. The session went on and on. Assisting the Traitor with surgery grew more appealing with each minute. I lasted until hour fifty-nine."I'm outta here. I'm helping theDoctor Lamont," I whispered to Jacy."Will you be back before the vote?" he asked."Why? Nothing I say changes their minds." Frustration and weariness welled, but I swallowed them down."You've given up, Trell. That's not like you.""Sitting in endless meetings for twelve weeks isn't like me either. I'm a big picture girl." I tried a smile, but Jacy kept his frown. I made a sudden liberating decision. "Tell the Committee I'm resigning as a consultant and going back to what I do best."Shock, anger and censure warred on Jacy's face. His lips moved for a moment before he spoke. "And what do you do best?"