In the new Harlequin TEEN novel, Inside Out, author Maria V. Snyder creates a society divided into two distinct classes, those on the upper levels and those on the lower levels in a dystopic sci-fi world simply known as INSIDE. When a low level inhabitant named Trella, a girl who is generally good at keeping her head down, finds herself as leader to a rebellion, INSIDE will never be the same.
Trella, seeks refuge from the burgeoning masses of Scrubs, in the Pipes and Ducts that lead from the world of the Lowers to the envied lives of privilege in the world of the Uppers. It is there that she unwittingly becomes the go-to girl to lead a revolution in a coming of age story with plenty of plot twists and turns to appeal to both Teen and Adult readers alike.
“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…I should have just said no.”
When asked where the inspiration for Inside Out came from, Maria confesses, “I dreamt the whole story, the world, the characters, the Pop Cops, and even the twists! When I woke up, I wrote it all down before I could forget it. I haven’t ever done that before and haven’t since” and adds “I wish I could remember what I ate for dinner that night!”
Whatever it was, we’re just happy that Maria remembered to write it down!
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Deep in the mountains of Northern California, nestled in the redwoods, there is a little town. It’s just a wide space in the road, really. At the heart of the town you’ll find about a hundred houses, a bar and grill, a church and a small clinic. Including the outlying ranches and farms the total population is around six hundred. It’s incredibly beautiful – the rivers are wide and deep, the trees are monument-size, wildlife is plentiful and the mountain vistas are breathtaking. But it’s not an easy place – life off the beaten track and removed from the cities and larger towns is very rural, very rugged. People have to depend on each other, sometimes to make the days a little easier to bear, sometimes for their very survival. It takes a special person to make a life there. But when people find themselves in this little town, they don’t want to ever leave.
The town is called Virgin River.
When I created this little town I wanted to focus on the strengths of the people who lived there, who loved there. They had to embody the values I personally admire – courage, loyalty, integrity, a positive view of life and not least of all, a passion for doing the right thing.
Heroes with their own roots in the military, where honor and fealty are the guts of life, stepped onto the page to be coupled with independent, driven women looking for a fresh start. I knew before I’d completed one hundred pages that this was more than one book. In story after story the men of Virgin River work together to love and protect their women and the women, strong women with vision, inspire them. Forbidden Falls marks the ninth Virgin River Novel, closely followed by Angel’s Peak and Moonlight Road. So many find a home there, so much magic happens there. I’d love to have you visit.
Welcome to the River!
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