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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,345 ratings  ·  236 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Harper Children's
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Chapters read: 1

I'm already calling it because I'm rolling my eyes so hard at the app world and the voice is severely lacking.

Also, this:

"The length of her fingers eerily similar, our skin color identical, the same shade of Caucasian 4.0 as every other citizen of the City."

I've already read a life's worth of shitty dystopian; I don't need this.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
so much politics involved. what about rain? who is he really interested in? & what about the bodies? what are the buyers going to do with them? it should have more better storyline. this is confusing & gets less interesting. ...more
Odette Brethouwer
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I really enjoyed reading this book, I really love the idea and the setting! It's a technological dystopian and the world building is excellent and makes you think about our current society.

Who not 5*? Because it did not felt like a 5* book to me and I'm a bit sad because of that. I really want to love this book, but the thing in the middle was wayyy to weird for me.

Also, at the end it all happened rather quickly, which did not suited the rest of the book so I felt like I didn't had the time to
Floor Flawless
Tried to read it, but it's totally not my jam. First DNF of the year whoops!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Unplugged is a very unique read. I have to say that at first when I started reading it I thought I wouldn't be able to finish it. I normally don't read books like this but I gave it a go and I was surprised to see that I liked it. There were some things I did not understand so it made it hard for me to continue reading but I pressed on.

This is a story about a world that is separated into two factions. You have the app world where the rich go to succeed and have all the amenities others do not. T
I’m a little bit confused on how I feel about this book. I enjoyed the idea behind it, but didn’t enjoy the execution of this unique idea, the characters seemed okay but rather flat at times and overall, I’m still unsure on exactly how much I liked this book, if at all.

The story follows Skylar living in the App World, waiting for her chance to be unplugged in order to see her mother and sister again. The story focuses too much on the want of the protagonist to unplug rather than setting foundat
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Title: Unplugged (The Wired, #1)
Author: Donna Freitas
Publisher: HarperTeen, 2016
Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Science Fiction

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

 This book was like Scott Westerfeld's Unglies on steroids. And involving virtual worlds, of course. But definitely reminded me of Westerfeld, which is a good thing.

Skyler has been in the App World for as long as she can remember: as a Single, she has her foster family and her best frien
Review originally posted @ Reading Lark:

2.5 stars

Sometimes Young Adult books are difficult to review. Writers want to tackle Big Themes, create sympathetic characters, build a compelling plot, and add a dollop of romance on top. By the time a science fiction or dystopian element gets added, there is often so much going on that parts of the book begin to suffer under the weight of it all. Unplugged by Donna Freitas is definitely one those difficult books.

Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, young-adult
The premise of this book seemed kinda silly at first, but if you think about it, the idea of actually fully living in virtual reality, where’s an app for everything isn’t that far-fetched. It started rather hastily and I think it’s not really fair to the reader to throw him into plot and not really explain anything. But I sticked to the book and I’m glad I did. I still don’t know how those two world really work, but I know enough about the protagonist and other characters to care about them. The ...more
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Unplugged is the first installment in author Donna Freitas The Wired series. 16-year old Skye Cruz lives in a virtual reality world known as App World, where everyone is disconnected from their actual bodies. App World is a place where you can purchase all sorts of adventures, food, games, clothes, and change your appearance whenever you want. Skye has been "living" in this world for the past 10 years with her best fr
May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I heard quite a lot of good things about this book, so maybe my expectations were too high. Anyway, this book was down-right disappointing. The writing was cringy, and the main character barely went through any growth. The virtual world is introduced as something that's supposed to be superior to the real world. To make sure there would be no unfair treatment based on looks (read: discrimination/racism), all inhabitants of the virtual world got a 'caucasian' skin tone and the same basic features ...more
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best feelings that comes with reading, is when I'm pleasantly surprised by a book. Such was the case with Unplugged.

Donna Freitas introduces us to Skye, who lives in a world that's divided in two. Half of the world lives in the real world, with many real worlders choosing to care for those who are plugged into the digital world.

(The digital world is basically a version of the world shown in The Matrix, except those living in the world actually know that their surroundings are digita
I've always been interested in a virtual world setting. Although I tend to lean towards reading about video games (which I have YET to do!), Unplugged focuses on a virtual world designed for living. I found the novel to quick and entertaining, yet it lacks some major, major worldbuilding.

Skye is a "single". Her family besides herself have volunteered to become Keepers of everyone connected to virtual reality. But because they want Skylar to have a better life, they send her into the App World, l
Suze Lavender
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Skye is living in the App World. It's a perfect creation where rich people can alter their appearance and download apps for games, food, clothes and all kinds of other luxuries. Their plugged in bodies are still in the Real World. Sky isn't living with her real family, she's a Single, someone poor who has been sent to the App World because their family members are willing to do a special job in exchange. Her mother and sister are in the Real World and she misses them terribly. Skye is almost sev ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I went into this book wanting to like it, because exploring the interactions between a really intense virtual world and a lousy real world that has to maintain the bodies of those in the virtual world sounds fascinating, but I was left unimpressed. The App World was unrealistically handled, and a lot of important questions are left unaddressed.

The family Skye lives with in App World (her own family is still in the Real World) eats dinner every night, and the mother tells the kids they ought to
Ryn Lewis
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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. Those too poor to plug in to the App World must spend their lives as Keepers, maintaining the inert bodies of those in the App World. But soon this will end for those in the App World are diligently pursuing The Cure – the ability to exist without their bodie ...more
I did like this story, but it is really obvious that it is a first in a serie, making it more an introduction than there was really interesting things happening in the story.

the plot however really interests me, and i'm definitely curious for the sequal
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If based on the last 100 pages, I would give this book 4 stars. Ending was full of action, well-written, and open to a sequel.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-current, ya
This world makes no fucking sense. There don’t seem to be all that many people in the App World (rolls eyes) and yet it’s enough people that THE REST OF THE COUNTRY all moved to one city? Were the Keepers being payed? If not, and it was really the dumb lie they were being fed that was keeping them beholden, why wasn’t there anything to enforce it or just...anything that would make sense? There’s an economic crisis but they can have lavish parties? Why is there a portion of a virtual world that h ...more
Kelsie Cortez
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Okay, so I talked down about this book yesterday BUT the last ~100 pages were actually pretty good. The characters started coming out more and the action got super intense. I feel like this book is also going to have some pretty interesting love lines, just because of what some people have already done. I will admit though, at times it did seem very middle-school age just because of how the writer wrote the characters actions and dialogue. That could just be me though.
This book seemed very futu
Effie Graves
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The world Freitas built poses an intriguing path our current technology obsessed society could follow. A new twist to dealing excess. You'll find all greed, grief, betrayal, and hope we're presented with today and leave with more questions than answers. The thing is, there's no right solution.

Unplugged is well written, open to other ideas, presented in a way the argues all sides. Skye can be rash, but she's driven by all the right reasons. She's a considerate, empathetic heroine which is unexpec
Unplugged by Donna Fritas is a great read for any teenager who loves sci-fi and futuristic worlds. In the novel, Skylar is living in a virtual world called the App World. She’s living as a single, meaning her family isn’t “plugged in”. They’re still living in the Real World. Near the beginning of the book, the worst possible thing happened to Skylar-the border between the worlds closes so she’ll never have the chance to meet her family when she turns 18. Or will she?

Donna Fritas is an amazing wr
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! its a story about a virtual girl, from the day she was born she had never left the app zone. Her life was simple, eat, work, play with apps. But there was an never ending thought of living out side of the app zone, real life. Her wish finally came true and getting pulled into the real world was amazing, until she finds out she was being sold. Her body was put on display and the customers would buy her. Love this book really recommend the series.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Rosemary by: Premier's Reading Challenge Year 9-10
Shelves: in-library, sci-fi
I was looking forward to some derivative brain candy, and hoped that it would at least be well executed given that it came recommended by the Victorian Premier.

Unfortunately the writing is mediocre and the plot never hit its stride, but 15 and 16-year-olds would probably like it. Two and a half stars rounded up.
I didn't like it. The first few pages, I felt confused and annoyed at the author's writing style. It was like all the information was dumped on me and I did not have any background about it. Then as I slowly understood what was happening, I felt disinterested and eventually I was bored. Sorry.
Carolynn Markey
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Huh. Interesting. Reminds me of The Uglies a bit, if it was set in a virtual world.

I liked it. The end is rather complicated, and it suffered a bit much in the Backstabbing department, but I can't wait to read the next one!
Kelsey van Dillen
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-release
For the first half I thought wow this book is really good. But it got weirder and weirder until I didn’t understand what the story was about at all. The ending was so confusing!
[YA book, Adult reader]

RATING: Passing grade for YA SciFi, mainly for concept and intrigue. Maybe 2.5 YA stars?

REVIEW: If you like The Matrix or Second Life (virtual world/game), and are 18 or younger, you may dig it more than I did.

Truth in cover art? Nope. But it's pretty.

Will I read further in this YA series? Probably not, but the aggregate GR ratings look good.
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“Before the first plugs, an early version of the virtual world existed. People carried around handheld devices that allowed them to access it.” 0 likes
“But the maintenance of two entirely different shelves - one real, one virtual - was confusing and exhausting. People became so addicted to looking at their tablets that they stopped going outside and even stopped talking to their real friends and loved ones. The app world save every one of this division by liberating people from their bodies and allowing them a permanent virtual existence.” 0 likes
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