We have a special guest posting today–Trella, heroine of Maria V. Snyder‘s Harlequin TEEN futuristic novels Inside Out and Outside In (which is on sale this month!). Catch up on what’s happened in Trella’s world since the book book (possible spoilers)–and see your quiz below to test your knowledge of Inside for a chance to win a signed set of the books!
Hello. I was told I had to write something called a blog to update everyone on what’s been going on in Inside. I’d rather be climbing and exploring, but this is one of those boring….er…administrative tasks I’ve been assigned since the Force of Sheep rebellion. Sigh. I’ve had too many of those and not enough climbing and exploring if you ask me. But since no one has bothered to ask… Where was I?
Oh yeah…the update. For those who don’t know me, I’m Trella. My official name is Trella Garrard Sanchia, but I’ve been called Ella and Sadie depending on who you talk to and believe. Don’t believe the traitor – Doctor Lamont (a.k.a. Kiana Garrard). That’s me to you – let me repeat don’t believe her and don’t trust her. I don’t. She should be locked in the cells with the Trava family, but the new Committee thinks she made a temporary lapse in judgment and can be trusted. Ha. She thought she was protecting her daughter Sadie. But if I was her daughter, wouldn’t she have recognized me? Right? Who’s with me out there?
And don’t go telling me to get my blood tested with one of those vamp boxes, either. I don’t need a blasted vamp box telling me what I already know. The Traitor is not my mother. In fact, the whole family nonsense is just that nonsense. I’d rather be a scrub with no parents or siblings. Really. It makes life easier. Right now, all my problems are connected to families. What? You don’t believe me?
Let me give you an example. Riley’s father is a nice guy, but every time Riley and I are around him, he’s hinting that we should become official. I would like some time to get to know Riley better first – you know – when we’re not fighting for our lives or dealing with a crisis. Just me, Riley and Sheepy. I just love the little guy…Sheepy…not Riley…well, not that I don’t like Riley, I do, I just don’t know if I love Riley like I do Sheepy. And who’d have thought Sheepy would be such a rallying point for the rebellion? Not me. Anyone see it coming?
And if you still don’t believe me about families… How about the reason our society broke into Uppers and Lowers? Way back when, nine families all had equal say in our world, then the Trava family decided they were smarted and better than the others and wanted to be in charge. They took over, but they erased a ton of important files and information about our world, Inside. See? Families are trouble…nothing but trouble! Who agrees with me?
Now that the Travas are…incarcerated (frankly, I wouldn’t mind seeing them fed to Chomper one at a time), we have a Committee comprised of one member from each family and one member from each scrub station…like someone from maintenance, and waste-water management, etc… So that’s like 18 Committee members. But since that’s an even number, they added one more…Jacy. I know, he’s the last person I’d thought they would pick. They wanted me, but I have no desire to spend all my time arguing and fighting and bickering over everything little thing. Nope. Not me.
What do I want? You know what I want. However, I keep getting dragged into the middle of everything. And just when I thought the Committee caused enough problems on their own, we had trouble with Outsiders.
You know, thinking about the Outsiders, I’m more inclined to believe families aren’t all bad after all. But I’m not changing my name. I like Trella. And in a file that hadn’t been deleted, I discovered that Trella means “child of the stars.” That’s perfect. Too bad, it’s the only thing that is. And–Uh oh, another malfunction, I’d better………
Loss of communication.
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