Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution. Description from GoodReads.
Trella is an amazing scrub. She cleans the pipes in the lower levels and hides in them to keep out of the overpopulated halls. She has animosity for the residents of the upper levels. There is mistrust and misinformation between the levels.
Her friend , Cog, introduces her to a "prophet". Cog wants more than anything to believe in life outside of the place where they live. This prophet goes by the name of Broken Man and preaches to the lower levels about the better life awaiting them "outside." He tells them about the reward awaiting them if they continue on almost as drones. This is an attempt to keep the scrubs calm and working. The prophet is really a rebel and gives Trella a challenge she cannot pass up.
This begins an intriguing story about the force of the masses and mankind's desire to have a better life. There are many twists and turns. Snyder has written a wonderful story with a few surprises. I loved the Study series by Snyder and was not let down in this sci-fi book. I look forward to reading the next story "Outside In." I purchased my copy as an eBook on my kindle.
I am thinking about adding something to my reviews. Occasionally I find a passage that stands out to me. I am thinking about sharing these passages in my reviews. There was one that I loved in this book.
Everyone watched me as if I were a bomb. Would I explode and cause a disaster or would I pop and cause a miracle?