Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Keep Your Head Down. Don't Get Noticed. Or Else.
I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. One of thousands who work in the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. The Trava family who rules our world from their spacious Upper levels wants us to be docile and obedient, like sheep. To insure we behave, they send the Pop Cops to police us.
So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? Not like it's all that dangerous--the only neck at risk is my own.
Until a lower level prophet claims a Gateway to Outside exists. And guess who he wants to steal into the Upper levels to get the proof? You’re right. Me. I alone know every single duct, pipe, corridor, shortcut, hole and ladder of Inside. It’s suicide plain and simple. But guess who can’t let a challenge like that go unanswered? Right again. Me.
I should have just said no... [summary from Maria's website]
When I read Maria's first book, Poison Study, back in 2009, it completely blew my mind away. Poison Study is now one of my favorite books of all time (as evidenced by how many times it appeared in my 2009 book lists, heh), and even though the next two books in the series were not as strong as the first one, I still greatly enjoyed them. Therefore, I have no doubt that Maria can do no wrong with this dystopian novel (alright, at least I hope so). Plus, that cover is so fantastic. It reminds me of the UK cover of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, and it should definitely draw in fans of that series. April, come now, please!
Inside Out will be released in paperback from Harlequin TEEN on April 1, 2010.