By: Donna Frietas
The Wired – Book 1
Available June 2016
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Skye lives in a virtual world where purchasing apps will allow you to do almost anything. You can change your looks, your abilities, and have full immersion into games. You live the apps you buy and everyone wants an upgrade. Skye isn’t interested in obtaining more in the App World, she counts down until she can have her turn to unplug and experience life in the real world with her family again. When borders close and all plugging in and unplugging is blocked she is devastated. She doesn’t feel as though she belongs with her best friend’s family, who adopted her as almost family. Almost family isn’t enough for Skye. When given the opportunity to unplugged anyway she agrees, even if it seems shady and means lying to her best friend.
The real world is nothing like what Skye was told it would be. There are secrets regarding her family and secrets with the leaders of the App World. When she learns she’s become a pivotal figure when she’s used to being a nobody she struggles to adjust, but thanks to her abilities to treat anything as a game she excels in ways no one imagined were possible. Throw in some family drama, a guy she never expected to have notice her, and Skye’s life in the real world is a lot more complicated than she could have anticipated.
I enjoyed getting to know Skye and am curious to know what will happen in the next book. Some of the unanswered questions make me wonder if we’re going to get a book from another character’s point of view, or if we’ll stay with Skye and learn everything through her eyes. While I feel we’d learn a lot more and understand more through another character I’m hoping we keep Skye as our main character. I have a feel that regardless of how the author approaches it I’ll be looking forward to the next book.