August 30th, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Trella is a true strong heroine. She is skilled, independent, stubborn, but flawed. I was instantly drawn to her, despite her less than nice character at times. Her character growth was very realistic and satisfactory. We see her develop from a loner, looking down on those around her, uninterested in her fellow Scrubs who she thinks of as sheep, and only looking out for herself, to gaining their respect and vice-versa, forming friendships and alliances, and finally, fighting for them.
But what I loved most about Inside Out was that we have a heroine who (inadvertently) starts and continues a rebellion, not for some boy she just met, but for herself, and for the Scrubs she lives with every day, even for the Uppers. It’s not just Trella who is the heroine. An entire band of people from both the Lower and the Upper levels join together to bring about a change and it results in some touching moments, as even those who don’t know exactly what’s going on but risk their lives to help and cover for Trella anyway. It’s a very powerful message.
There is a hint of romance in this book, but it is very low key and not the main story-line at all, which I found refreshing. It also meant the potential relationship was slowly developed and I’m looking forward to seeing more of it in the next book.
I will admit that I found the description of the various levels slightly confusing! If I had any issues with Inside Out it would simply be that I could have done with a few less descriptions of Trella crawling around the piping – but understood that they were necessary for progression of the plot and it certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment.
This is a solid dystopian novel with a sophisticated story and narrative. While I didn’t love it (hence the 8 rating), I would certainly recommended it for all dystopian lovers. Inside Out is definitely one of the stronger YA books out there of it’s genre.