Trella is a scrub; she belongs in the lower levels with the rest of her kind who clean and repair Inside like slaves while those in the upper levels live in luxury. Then Broken Man, a prophet, appears and asks for her help in finding Gateway. She isn’t a believer but can’t say no to the challenge of sneaking through the vents to prove him wrong. Thing is, he isn’t. And that’s when a revolution begins.
You can do a lot of comparing to The Hunger Games and Divergent with this. Strong female lead. Social injustice. Revolution. And of course there are a lot of differences in tone and story. The massive difference being the length of story. Inside Out is relatively short compared to the others meaning things have to happen ASAP. It’s an urgent sort of book.
What I found most disturbing was how yet again the women were being treated. Want to have sex? Well, you’re going to fall pregnant because you don’t have access to birth control when you’re a scrub. Want to terminate the pregnancy? Or keep the child and raise it yourself? Prepare to be used as a “breeder” until you’re no longer fertile. Given birth? Say goodbye, that child isn’t yours; they’re to be raised in the Care Centre with nine other children by a Care Mother before being assigned to a job role.
Why is it that so many authors see the role of women in society to grow worse in coming generations, not better? Makes me worry.
The story itself is amazing. Fast pace and intense, I didn’t see the twists coming at all. It drew me in and made me keep reading well beyond when I should’ve stopped (lucky my boss didn’t catch me sneaking a few more pages in).
The only thing to not sit right was the romance. It didn’t have a chance to begin and was hardly developed. I think I would’ve preferred it to have remained a friendship and have the trust gained before it turned sweet. Then Trella could’ve lowered her walls and let him in. But no, we were rushed into it with little bits of emotion described. It was forced.
Remove the romance and it’s exciting.
I’m thinking some very serious thoughts of going in search of the second book, Outside In. Maybe my local library will have it in the young adult collection. I’m really hoping they do. Must know what happens next.