Maria V. Snyder does it again in a gripping sci-fi dystopia in the
finest tradition of A Brave New World
Same shit, different day, as they say. Or that is as it seems to be
turning out now that The Committee is in the seat of power and the Mop Cops
slide into the place left vacant by the Pop Cops. Uppers and Scrubs are still
at odds, intrigue still abounds, and unrest goes on without hardly a hiccup.
And then better becomes worse.
In this sequel to Inside Out,
the Force of Sheep have achieved their goals only to lose sight of their envisioned utopia as
divisiveness and subterfuge, coupled with a string of catastrophic events—soon
uncovered as sabotage—place any future at risk, let alone the one they’d hoped
to build for all of the Cube’s inhabitants.
Allegiances are in doubt as martial law once more takes hold
Inside. With grim determination abounding; a former Scrub, Trella must once
more step forward to unite the inhabitants of her world against a common foe.
On several levels she is confronted with the need to commit…while there’s still
The strengths of this book lie in the complex inner-dynamics
between the characters, the attention to detail, and the inventiveness of the
reality. I had some trouble about two-thirds of the way through as the
dystopian nature of the book had something of a stranglehold on the plot and I
couldn’t face one more thing going wrong for these characters I’d come to care
so much about. Please do not mistake me;
this is not a flaw in the writing, which is excellent, or the storyline, which
is engaging, but my own reaction to the seeming hopelessness of the situation.
Once I made myself pick up the book again it was quickly finished the same
night, with quite a bit of satisfaction.
I give this book a solid 9 out of 10 for both military aspects and