- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.
- Audible.com Release Date: March 1, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004Q3I23Y
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Outside In Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In the middle of all of this, the Committee (formed after the rebellion) loses control of this ship, and it's up to Trella to find out if the damage is coming from disturbances Inside... or from the Outside.
Outside In is full of twists and turns, with the author switching up the plot every time you think you know what is happening. It is very well written, and the surprises keep you from guessing what the ending will be, and even the entirely of what is happening along the way. While Trella seems to lose her way for a little bit in the beginning, she is soon back to being the kick-ass reluctant heroine we first met. Minor characters from the first book suddenly become much more important, and I'm happy to report that we get to spend more time with Logan and Anne-Jade.
Where this book falters a little bit is in the beginning, as the author spends the first third of the story setting the scene for the later action. This means, however, that the action rarely stops once it finally starts.
Outside In grabbed me once again from the opening pages; Trella, Queen of the Pipes, is determined to discover the ceiling of Inside, but her position as leader of the rebellion keeps her in meetings and away from Riley, her newfound boyfriend. In addition, Trella finds herself spending more time with Dr. Gifford than she'd anticipated, with the possibility of of their being related hanging over them both. When bombs begin going off, Trella suspects members of the former leaders of Inside, the Trava family, and she finds her own life in danger when she tries to protect those she cares about. But when someone known as The Controllers takes over the computer system Inside, Trella and her friends realize that maybe the danger isn't just Inside...what if Outside wants in?
Ms. Snyder has written a terrific sequel to the compelling Inside Out, with Trella once again at the center of circumstances beyond her control and expectation. While Trella is battling unseen and unknown forces, she's also battling herself and her relationships with Riley, Dr. Gifford, and her friends as she comes to grips with her role Inside. Toward the end of this novel, I literally could not put it down, though I was a little disappointed with the tying up of the threads very quickly. But the terrific storytelling with its twists and its uncertainties of whom to trust more than makes up for the rushed ending. Ms. Snyder brings you Inside and makes you experience the sensations Trella experiences while managing to keep Trella real and thoroughly believable. I am very hopeful that Trella's story isn't at an end because I've come to love the world of Inside and its inhabitants. This is one fan who will be searching out more works by Ms. Snyder and hoping fervently to go back Inside once more.
Additional note: Outside In is a young adult book, and a well written one at that. The relationship between Trella and Riley is both emotional and physical, and always tasteful. The physical relationship adds depth to the characters and Ms. Snyder does not shy away from it. I found it a natural extension of their feelings and can recommend this book without hesitation to those who are ready to read about this aspect.
And to be honest, she didn't top it, but that's okay.
Even without a twist, Outside In still proved a very gripping read. There's sabotage, internal conflict, some steamy romance (maybe too steamy for younger readers? Definitely steamier than Inside Out), and an all around good story. If you liked Inside Out then I bet you will like Outside In. However, if you were on the fence with Inside Out you might not like this one.
MY only issue was the ending. It took a long time to get to the climax, and when we did get there everything happened really fast. Bodies flying, people dying, CRAZINESS. And then done. Everything wrapped up in a nice neat little bow. But there were some things that were still left unexplained. Nothing HUGE (you can live without knowing it), but I still would have liked to find out.
I think there EASILY could have been an Upside Down and maybe even a Downside Up (I just made those up. They aren't real). This series has a lot more story to tell, and I hope Maria decides to tell it. But, if she doesn't, Outside In does end in such a way that I won't die without a sequel. I'll just suffer a little.