That nickname makes her the focus of interest from the latest Prophet to arrive in the Lower levels. Trella never trusts the Prophets because they are sent by the Pop Cops to feed people dreams, ideas, and hopes to keep them inline, but the Broken Man is not like other Prophets. Drawn into a dangerous conspiracy, Trella soon finds herself over her head as a simple act leads to dangerous and rapidly spreading consequences. The dream of Gateway, a near-mythical exit from the world of Inside, is a powerful drawcard for a lot of the scrubs and even some of the Uppers who are not what Trella was expecting. Drawn deeper and deeper into the conspiracy, Trella risks not only her life, but also the lives of those around her as she races against time to solve the mystery of the Gateway and the secret of what lies Outside.
This is the first of at least two books, and although the beginning was a bit odd/almost slow, the momentum builds throughout the first chapters and becomes almost impossible to put down. The dystopia theme is very popular at the moment for young adult novels, and while it seems at first as though this may just be one amongst many, it soon becomes clear that this is not your run of the mill dystopian novel. Trella is a strong character, and she is supported by a cast of characters that you love and/or hate with a passion. Hidden amongst the pages are some twists that I didn't see coming, and I won't ruin the surprise by talking about them as it may impact somewhat on your enjoyment of this fantastic novel. I can't wait to read the sequel, Outside in.
If you like this book then try:
- The roar by Emma Clayton
- The sky village by Monk Ashland and Nigel Ashland
- Because we were the travellers by Jack Lasenby
- Arrival by Chris Morphew
- The lab by Jack Heath
Reviewed by Brilla