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Inside Out Paperback – April 1, 2010
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I did graduate from Penn State University and was hired as an environmental meteorologist--try and say that five times fast ;) and I started writing when bored at work. It's never a good idea to get caught just staring out the window, so I wrote my daydreams down. After fooling around with short stories, I wrote my first novel, Poison Study. It was published sixteen years later. A lesson in patience and persistence! I had caught the writing bug and Magic Study and Fire Study soon followed.
Even though I went on to earn a Masters degree in writing from Seton Hill University, I never lost my fascination with storms, which is evident in my Glass Series (Storm Glass, Sea Glass and Spy Glass), and I still consider myself an environmentalist. The green part of me comes out in both Inside Out and Outside In. Trella's world is contained inside a big metal cube and they must reuse and recycle everything. One thing they got right in one otherwise messed-up world!
My latest series is about a healer and I happily let my nurturing side take over. Touch of Power starts the series with Avry on the run in a world recovering from a devastating plague. Scent of Magic is the second book and the third, Taste of Death will be out December 2013.
Aside from a writer, I'm also a teacher and mentor for students enrolled in Seton Hill University's MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. I enjoy working with aspiring writers and helping them complete their novels. I've won a half dozen awards and been on the New York Times bestseller list, but nothing compares to being the proud mentor come graduation day!
Other things I enjoy are playing volleyball, photography and traveling. I'll go anywhere at anytime - much to my mother's dismay since my husband and I frequently bring along our son and daughter on our adventures.
I love my job. Where else can you take fencing lessons, learn how to ride a horse, study martial arts, learn how to pick a lock, take glass blowing classes and get a personal tour of a maximum security prison and call it all research? I'll give you a hint--not working as a meteorologist.
Top Customer Reviews
The premise is simple enough: a bunch of people live in a self-contained community in the form of a giant cube. The folks on the lower levels (the "scrubs") do all the work, while the folks on the upper levels run the show. Nobody knows what lies outside. One of the scrubs, Trella, starts a rebellion of sorts, totally by accident, and the story takes off from there.
Although Trella has hints of the Study series' Yelena, she's not nearly as impressive or impassioned or downright awesome, and the love story here is pretty halfhearted, too - nothing compared to Yelena's and Valek's (again with the Study series - sorry, but if you haven't read these books, you must do so at once; if you think The Hunger Games' Katniss is kickass, you need to meet Yelena!).
I had the same problem with most of the characters in Inside Out, actually. They all seem underdeveloped, and in some cases they're little more than stock characters. The story is rather predictable, too (except for the big reveal at the end, which I probably should have seen coming but didn't so it totally blew my mind).
All that being said, I do like the idea behind this new series (yes, *another* YA dystopian sci-fi trilogy), and I'm curious to see where the story is going. So I'll read the next book. In general, however, I can recommend this only to diehard, must-read-everything YA fans who aren't embarrassed to carry around a book with the Harlequin Teen imprint and a super cheesy cover. The rest of you, go read the Study series.
Inside Out begins slowly as Snyder introduces Trella's world. This is a world full of life and issues that many of us have not encountered before, so I really enjoyed that Snyder took her time to ease the reader into this new world. Snyder's attention to detail also is shown in her characterization of Trella. She is not a happy-go-lucky type of person. Instead, she is complex: a ruff exterior to hide the soft inside. She is spunky, headstrong, and vulnerable at the right moments... the perfect character for a dystopian novel. Like Trella, the secondary characters are outstanding. They add tons of depth to Trella's character as well as make the novel more fun. Riley, Trella's love interest, was totally a swoon-worthy kind of guy, who definitely helped to soften Trella's hard edges... that and his adorable stuff animals. Seriously, if I could buy these little guys I would.
The premise of the novel has the distinct dystopian feel about it with slight hints of science fiction. In Trella's world, there are basically two types of people: the Uppers and the Scrubs. While the novel does not go into too much detail about the Uppers, the Scrubs' lives are throughly detailed. The reader understands everything from day to day life to how things are recycled. For Trella, her life is the pipes. She knows them backwards and forwards, and did not earn her nickname, Queen of the Pipes, for nothing. Everything changes for her one day when she becomes tangled up in a revolution... one that she wanted no part of.Read more ›
Overall I thought the book was o.k. I don't feel like Snyder tried hard enough. I think she has a powerful imagination and I want her to push herself to do better. I know she has a great character and story somewhere that isn't a repeat. Don't get me wrong, Yelena is one of my favorite literary characters. I need to believe Snyder hasn't written her master piece yet. This first book isn't that hoped for work of art. Synder writes on the edge of greatness. I just don't feel she reached her stride.
As for the lame review that comments on her references to "mating" and vulgar language, disregard that. It's the most absurd thing to point out. I can't recall a single cuss word, I thought for sure a few places could have used a four letter word. Come to think of it Snyder never cusses, that I can remember.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The reviews I'd read for this book has made it sound like it was too straight forward and boring so I'd hesitated to read it for quite a while. Read morePublished 9 days ago by mapleleafmanny
The idea of this world Inside a building...with uppers and lowers was interesting. I liked reading about the differences between the worlds and trying to figure out just how it... Read morePublished 22 days ago by A. Howell
I was first introduced to this author through her Study series, which I will be re-reading this summer, but Inside Out is a completely different book set in a completely different... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shay VanZwoll
I loved being inside this book exploring the secret spaces and places with the main character, Trella. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nina Leon
I've become a huge fan of Maria V Snyder since I discovered her Avery of Khazan and Chronicles of Ixia series but for some reason I'd never quite got around to trying her Insiders... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)
I read this book at a tumultuous time in my life so its themes of isolation really hit home. I previously enjoyed Maria's Study series so was happy to see what she could do with a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by H. Miller
Enjoyed reading this, and looking forward to reading the next one. I recommend this book to any science fiction fan.Published 16 months ago by mober55
The ending was not what I expected and it created more questions but it all made sense. You're still left with no answer as to why they were Inside in the first place but I assume... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Growing_hair
What you're in for: First person narration. Scrubs. Prophets. Population Control Police (aka Pop Cops). Upper levels and lower levels. Sacrifices. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sharing Inspired Kreations