Unplugged

Unplugged

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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In the tradition of M. T. Anderson's Feed and Scott Westerfeld's Uglies, Unplugged is the first in a provocative and compelling new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas.

Humanity is split into a dying physical world for the poor and an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy. Years ago, Skylar Cruz crossed over to the App World for a chance at a better life, and her family stayed behind in the Real World. Now Skye is a virtual teenager, surrounded by glamorous apps and expensive downloads--yet she's never felt like she fits in, and all she wants is to see her mother and sister again.

Skye is desperate and ready to risk everything to unplug from the App World. But she soon learns that the only person she can trust--in either world, including friends and family--is herself.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062118608
0062118609
Characteristics: 427, 9 pages

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 25, 2018

The book unplugged is a technological dystonia, the world building is excellent and makes you think about our current society. Unplugged is a non-apocalyptic, near-future dystopia in which humanity has forsaken the real world to live entirely in a virtual world surrounded by Apps for download and spending their lives playing and working entirely inside their minds. At some points in the book it got boring, and not much activity was going on. I wish they added some more eventful and effective activity in the book :( Rating 3/5
- @momo of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Unplugged is a “modern dystopian”, but if this is the new generation of futuristic novels, I’m good with staying in the present. As the synopsis covers, Skye is living in a virtual “App World” and is ecstatic to ‘unplug’ from it on her 16th birthday to visit her mother and sister. The unplugging will allow her to decide whether or not to stay within this virtual world or go back to the not-so-amazing Earth. Sounds like a great lead, right? But this book was far from great. The virtual world was not built enough to allow me to comprehend it, and the character development was weak. I did not feel for Skye, nor did I understand the App World. Pace plays a big role in a story and although I hate slow paced novels, this one went too quick. I had to abandon this novel after the first few chapters. Rating 1/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 05, 2017

I decided to give this author a second chance after reading her other book “This Gorgeous Game”, and I am sorry to inform but this book was not to my liking. I really liked the message the book was trying to get across because it's about people living in virtual reality. It relates to one of the problems we have to this day with everyone on technology. Nobody pays attention to the real world around them and I feel this book made a strong point on that. But the reason I didn't quite enjoy this book was because it wasn't written very good. The book didn't make me feel tempted to continue reading it, after I put it down. This book was slow at the beginning too, I feel like it took a long time for me to actually get to the action part, or maybe it was because I was reading the ebook version of this. I don't think I’ll read the sequel. 2.5/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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red_panda_311
Jul 30, 2016

Loved the book. though it was a little slow (in parts) you get to know the main character, and how she changes. You also get a good idea on her setting and that she lives in virtual world. Really catches your interest, and at the end you really want to see what happens. I would totally recommend this book. Can't wait for the next book!

The main reason I like this book is because it shows a dependence and addiction to technology that our current society is in and going towards now. It also shows some of the racial problems of today, because everyone in the virtual world has the same skin color. It really touches on the issue with our society today.

Should not miss the chance to read a good book like this one.

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red_panda_311
Jul 31, 2016

red_panda_311 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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red_panda_311
Jul 30, 2016

"If we are not careful, technology starts to use us instead of the other way around."
- page 318

(this is so true, it is already happening today)

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