There is an adage from George Orwell's Animal Farm: "Might Makes
Right". That phrase could have been the template for life within the Cube. Grim
existence for the lower class, dubbed Scrubs for the manual labor that
characterizes their lives; blind acceptance and a more comfortable enslavement for
the majority of the Uppers; and unrivaled power for the House that seized
control, ruthlessly crushing any dissidence.
And so life went on for countless generations, few questioning or
testing the boundaries of their roles. But there were some. There are always
some. And their rallying cry, Gateway, a legendary portal that would release
them from the world of the Cube.
In this gripping, gritty book Snyder masterfully paints an
existence against which we all wish to rebel. She creates a landscape familiar
enough to engage the reader, but foreign enough to make them uncomfortable with
the restrictions that come with it.
As the back of the book says, "Trella is a scrub. A nobody." Until
she says no more, giving birth to a rebellion that turns the world of scrubs
and uppers and Pop Cops on its ear.
I give this book an 8 for military content and a 10 out of 10 for
damn near everything else, can't wait to crack the cover on Outside In!