Pages: 315 (paperback)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Released in: March 24th 2010
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.
This book has everything I liked in a YA novel: a unique plot, romance, suspense, mystery and most important--> A heroin I liked!! It is a traditional dystopia: the “Trava officers” (pop cops) run everything and life is miserable for all of the lowly scrubs in the lower levels and the workers in the upper levels. The really intriguing thing is the author, Snyder, she creates a world like no other; you get a sense of underground pipes as their world.
Trella is a scrub in the lower levels, the same as everybody else: brown hair, brown eyes she cleans the pipes because she is small enough to (talk about career placement). Until she gets involved in her friend's, Cog, illusions of an “outside world”. I really liked Trella because she was very logical and action based, which is very hard to come by in YA novels. Trella believes there is nothing and she is very unwilling to trust and do anything for this “outside” that may not exist. Nevertheless she becomes the person we as readers want here to be: the leader to the revolution.
At first Trella is the anti-social Queen of the Pipes scrub, until she starts seeing the reality of her life and meets Riley. Riley is her, you guessed it, love interest and he shows her that life isn’t peachy on the upper levels either. Riley is sweet, cute and adorable! If I could have my own Riley, I would. He is just so perfect, in an imperfect way, and human. Warning though, this is not completely all romance based, remember our girl needs to complete a mission, so Riley does not show up as much as I wanted him to but the story moves on without him. Overall I consider this the best good read I have had in a while. It is action packed and suspense is at every corner: will she be caught or will she succeed?
So read it! And the sequel: Outside In.