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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars
“You’re stubborn, you know that? If you’re not careful that’s going to get you in trouble.”
“No, I’m determined to find my family,” I corrected. “They’re two different things. And it’s my determination that’s going to help your cause.”
This was a YA sci-fi/dystopian story, about a world where people lived in virtual reality.
Skye was an okay character, and it seemed like she had been wanting to be unplugged for a long time, mainly due to wanting to see her mother and sister. I did wonder whether she really considered what she was doing though, and how much she was sacrificing to be unplugged, with little knowledge of what the world awaiting her was really like.
The storyline in this was about Skye wanting to be unplugged, and trying to find a way to do that so that she could see her mother and sister again, and the lengths that she had to go to to achieve that. The pace in this was quite slow in places though, and the story dragged a bit.
We did get a little hint of a romance, but it was in the form of a love triangle between Skye, Rain and a girl called Lacy.
The ending to this was okay, although there was no real resolution at all; the book just seemed to stop.
6.25 out of 10