"Ponife underestimated you. Hell, we all underestimated you." - Hank
Well, holy shit! Outside In just detonated a bomb inside my head. Phew! I'm glad to say that this exceeded my expectation and is so, so, so much better than the first one. Not that the first one wasn't good, it was!
This takes place a few weeks after Trella discovered that Inside doesn't just have four levels. Construction has been made, a committee was formed, improvements were being planned but then there's still that division among the uppers and the scrubs.
"It is when the child is you. No one hurts my little girl and gets away with it." – Doctor Lamont
In the first book, Trella was shown to us (or at least to me) as a determined, stubborn and fearless scrub who's willing to risk her life for the sake of changing their old ways. In this book we get to meet Trella's vulnerable side; being afraid of responsibilities, avoiding familial connection and even intimate ones.
With more characters, this book made me suspicious with everyone's every move! I felt Trella's confusion and also felt stupid after doubting a character who wasn't bad at all. It kept the excitement going until the last page. Also more about Trella's relationship with Riley and her mother gave the book an ability to tap other emotions other than excitement.
A very unique plot that caught me off guard and made me fall in love with it. Amazingly written, mixed with the right pace of events and full-packed action that would keep you on edge every last page of the chapter.