Series: The Wired
Published by Harper Children's on June 21st 2016
Format: ARC, eARC
Source: ARC, HarperCollins International, HarperTeen
The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation.
Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.
Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.
But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.
In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, Unplugged kicks off a thrilling and timely sci-fi series for teens from an award-winning writer.
Skylar Cruz has been waiting to unplug for what feels like forever. It is the only chance that she is able to see her real mom and sister again. Then an announcement is made that they are shutting down the unplugging and now Skylar is unable to unplug. When all the other singles are excited that they don’t have to do their year of service in the real world, Skylar is extremely upset about it. Now she is on the hunt to figure out why things are shut down and how she can gain access to the real world.
There are a few things about this virtual world though that I don’t totally understand. I don’t understand how Skylar can breathe? Is it just a practice that they are used to or do they really have to breathe? How do you breathe in a virtual world? Then there are apps flying through the air, so is everyone’s brain like a cell phone and they can just download things. If it is all virtual, what are you plugging the apps into. I wish there was a lot more explanation for the little things. No I don’t think these are huge enough for the book to be bad. This is just some curiosity questions that I have come out with.
I really like how the characters are different. Donna and Inara have very different opinions on things. I like how these two debate and disagree. It shows how they grew up together in this virtual world and how much they care about each other but don’t always agree. I do think the characters are a bit lacking. Skylar doesn’t have much of a personality yet. The biggest thing that the reader knows about her is she desperately wants to see her birth family again. She is a very insecure character and focuses on the negative so much. I really want to see her grow in the future. The other characters weren’t the best either. Some of them had good qualities but most were just super annoying. I would like to see some improvement on the characters for the future.
Donna Freitas is an author of fiction, nonfiction, and articles that appear in newspapers, magazines, and on blogs. Born in Rhode Island, Donna now splits her time between New York City and Barcelona.