Unplugged by Donna Freitas | Review

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Unplugged by Donna Freitas | ReviewUnplugged by Donna Freitas
Series: The Wired #1
Published by HarperTeen on June 21, 2016
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

(Last Updated On: June 10, 2022)

There’s something about science fiction novels that always get me excited. They’re just so otherworldly and interesting to the point where I always get totally immersed in the world. Unplugged was absolutely in this same category!

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The story follows a girl named Skye who lives in the App World. It’s basically a virtual version of the real world, though everyone is pretty much the same. Skye has no idea what she looks like and hasn’t seen her family since she was five years old.

That’s why she’s always been looking forward to leaving for Service, which every child is allowed to do in the App World. It basically means that they are unplugged and are allowed to finally see the real world. However, all of this is thrown astray when the link between the App World and the Real World is broken.

I think my most favorite part of this story was the world that Freitas created. An App World where basically only the rich live and thrive was extremely intriguing.

There are many people there called Singles who are the only people in their family that are in the App World like Skye, too. Basically, everyone can just buy apps that do absolutely anything. They could suddenly have longer legs or even have wings to fly. It was just so cool! 

Skye was a very interesting character. I especially liked how the reader learned more about her. Her family basically put her into the world when she was too young to really understand what was going on.

They wanted a better life for her and became Keepers, which means that they are in charge of the plugs. I also really liked how Skye evolved as a character as the story went on. 

Unplugged was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I honestly have to say that it did not let me down. I’m even more pumped that the book is the first in the series. I can’t wait for book two!

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