by Donna Freitas


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In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’s UgliesUnplugged is the first in a thrilling and provocative new series that Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100, called “chilling and addictive.”

Skylar Cruz still remembers the day she plugged in and joined the App World for the promise of a better life—the day she left her family behind in the Real World. Skylar is now a virtual teenager and even though she’s surrounded by everything she ever dreamed about, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062118608
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Series: Unplugged Series , #1
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Donna Freitas is the author of the Unplugged series as well as several other young adult and middle grade novels. Donna is also a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson’s MFA program and at Hofstra’s Honors College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her online at www.donnafreitas.com.

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Unplugged 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved that the story was very unique and the book was an easy read. Nothing complicated, just to the point and exciting. I think it was pretty easy to figure out where it was going, but there were a couple of surprises. Overall I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise was good, but the story wasn't well thought out and the characters were pretty flat. The dialogue was disappointing and inconsistent with the actions of the characters, sometimes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the action
HowUsefulItIs More than 1 year ago
About: Unplugged is a fiction novel written by Donna Freitas. It was published on 6/21/16 by Harper Children’s. The genres are young adult, science fiction, and dystopia. Unplugged is book 1 in the Wired Series. Book 2 is called The Body Market. Please read more about the author below. My Experience: I started reading Unplugged on 1/1/17 and finished it on 1/2/17. This book’s plot is very unique. It reminds me of a virtual game I heard many people lose sleep and skip meals to play, a virtual game such as Second Life. A cousin of mine fainted because he was too involved in the game that he forgo sleep and food for days. I can’t remember what the game was called. Anyway, in this book, readers follow the point of view of Skylar (Skye) Cruz. She’s a Singles, a citizen without parents or family. She lives with her adoptive family. Her mom and older sister sent her to live in the App World for a chance at a better life. There are two worlds: App World and Real World. Only wealthy people gets to live in the App World. In the App World, people exists virtually. There are social status just like real life. People born with money like Rain Holt or Lacy Mills are celebrities. Cameras follow them around and anyone can watch them. The citizens in the App World exists through downloads. When they want to eat, they download a meal or when they want to look like a model, they download an app. In the Real World people are responsible for taking care of the bodies of the individuals in the App World. They are also poor and can’t afford to live in the App World. They work in hope to someday have the chance to move to the App World. Real World is getting dangerous to live. Skylar constantly wishes to go back to the Real World to reunite with her mother and sister Jude even though her adoptive family is very good to her. I like following the point of view of Skylar. Her love for her family is unconditional. She’s determined and smart. I like the twist in the end and didn’t see that coming. The pacing is a bit slow for my taste and the interlude is hard for me to imagine. The read could be better if there were more adrenaline rush and another POV from Real World, but reading this book, especially the first part is very safe and light-hearted. A safe book for pre-teens. Pro: family, unique plot, technology Con: 1 POV, too much narration, slow paced, lack humor I rate it 4 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author, Donna Freitas, for directly providing me with Unplugged. Thank you so much for including your autograph! I’m thrilled. Please be sure that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com
thepetitebookblogger More than 1 year ago
Unplugged's premise relates directly to our modern day societies obsession with technology. In this world, much like ours, having the latest apps mark your place within society. Their lives are live completely virtually. No one in this world has ever seen the sun, ocean, trees, real food, etc...Instead they live in a world where you can download an App that can make you grow wings and fly, or receive supermodel looks. In fact there are a million superficial ways that you can transform yourself into something "better". I'm not going to lie, I thought that the premise of the App World was pretty cool at first. While it was hard to imagine what it would be like to only experience life virtually I think that the author did an excellent job in creating this world. I felt that it was very vivid and that the reasoning behind it's creation was realistic. The creators wanted a world where they were able to obtain a limitless amount of pleasure while these citizens never have to worry about injury, disease, or other ailments to which the human body is prone. I mean, couldn't you see people in today's society joining that world? I could. Skye was an alright character. I didn't necessarily think that she was special but she did have depth. Skye did everything that she could to return to her family and was willing to do what she needed to do in order to save people and to prevent a war from happening. A lot of people feel like this books plot pace was slow but I disagree, I think that if we readers weren't allowed the time that we were given to get to know the App World we wouldn't have been able to understand to the fullest extent why Skye wanted to unplug. At first, the world seems interesting, exciting even, but as we progress into the story we see how little it differs from the real world. The rampant shallowness of this world set the tone for how things were run by it's creators/goverment (hint: very poorly). A scene that stands out is when they are having a funeral and the citizens are more concerned about making it into a party or a political rally than paying respects to the grieving families. Even though I feel like a large part of character growth came from within these chapters in the App world, at times I couldn't help but wish that we would get to the action sooner, so that's why I'm taking a star off of my rating. The romance itself was....not my favorite. I'm not going to spoil it, but I will say that I wasn't a fan of the love interest. I couldn't really understand why Sky was interested in a certain character, especially when the character was very deceptive and seemed to hold on tightly to the virtues of the App World but other than that it really wasn't the focus of the story. Overall, I am very excited to read the sequel. Unplugged had intrigue, betrayal, a little romance and a lot of plot twists. If you are looking for an intelligent new dystopian series that deviates from the genres usual tropes I would highly recommend Ungplugged.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Unplugged is sci-fi dystopia about a futuristic world in which the 1% lives in a virtual world called App World (lame name, btw) while the rest of the populations serves as Keepers for them. Skye is a Single, one of the lucky few who got a chance to be in App World, thanks to her family’s sacrifices. She doesn’t love the virtual world that much and longs to be reunited with them, to see them again. The first half of the book is setting up how the App World works and how Skye lives there, but I felt it was short on details and proper world-building. How does the economy work in the virtual world? Once the Cure was enacted and people became immortal in a virtual sense, why was there a need for a population cap? These details would have enhanced the book in a better way, rather than drone on about the various games and how Skye felt playing them – which was slowing down the pace and frankly, getting the story nowhere. The second half moves the story to the real world, where Skye sees how different and enhanced feeling the real thing is. Every human activity is now being done by her actual body, rather than just her mind. I found this part of the book to be very good – finally there was some excitement to the plot and the hint of a conspiracy on the horizon. The romance is kind of boring, if you ask me, and played on predictable cliches. If only they would talk and discuss secrets! I had guessed some facets of the secrets being kept from her, and some others I was a bit shocked by. The Body Market is disturbing, but also makes sense in a weird way. However, the ending felt abrupt and out of nowhere – an epilogue would have suited the flow better. Overall, the book is good – it certainly offers something new and interesting, but on a technical level, it could have been written better.