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(The Wired #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,123 ratings  ·  211 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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(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 like sh
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.
Odette Knappers
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
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
Wat heb ik genoten van dit boek! Ik vond het concept echt super interessant, alleen in het begin vond ik het een beetje vaag, maar toen ik eenmaal doorhad hoe het zat was het ook echt duidelijk. Het begin van het boek vond ik niet echt heel leuk, een beetje langdradig, maar toen het eenmaal spannend was kon ik niet meer stoppen met lezen. Ik ben heel erg benieuwd naar deel 2!
Macarena Yannelli
A pesar de que el tema me encanta, la realidad virtual es un tema que me interesa mucho y soy muy fan de las distopias. Esta particularmente se me hizo muy pesada, creo que con 100 páginas menos hubiera sido extremadamente genial.
Reseña proximamente.
Alja Katuin
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Dit is gewoon niets voor mij... helaas pindakaas!
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
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Is Unplugged een boek om voor uit te pluggen en om in weg te duiken? Ik vertel het je in mijn recensie:
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ik ben verward over ontzettend veel. Een aantal vragen werden beantwoord, maar er zijn nog allemaal dingen die ik niet weet, of gewoon niet snap. Hmm. Het is zo gek, want naast die negatieve dingen had dit boek ook een paar geniaal uitschietende positieve dingen. Ik moet hier even over nadenken, geloof ik.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omg dit einde. Ik. Moet. Deel. Twee.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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 friend I
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
Het idee achter Unplugged is geweldig en het verhaal is zeer goed geschreven. Toch vind ik het een beetje jammer dat het boek zo overduidelijk aanvoelt als inleiding op een groter geheel. Ik weet nog veel te weinig en ik wil meer! Wanneer komt boek twee?!

Een uitgebreide recensie vind je op Oog op de Toekomst.
Kwante in Wonderland
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Toen ik meedeed aan de Nationale Unplugged dag van Blossom Books moest ik natuurlijk wel dit boek lezen! Recensie volgt op mijn blog!
Caitlin Mosterd
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nagelbijtend goed. Zo vreselijk spannend en verontrustend en tegelijkertijd verfrissend. Fenomenaal gewoon.

Deel 2 kan niet snel genoeg komen!
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
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.

*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
Inge (ReadInge)
2,5 ster. Ik vond het idee van een virtuele wereld leuk, maar voor de rest vond ik het een typisch dystopisch YA verhaal, en daarmee nogal voorspelbaar. Verder vond ik de plotlijnen erg verwarrend. Ben blij dat het boek uit is.
Unplugged, een interessant en bijzonder verhaal over een digitale wereld... Lees hier mijn recensie:
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
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
De eerste pagina's moet het boek echt op gang komen en was het voor mijn gevoel erg langdradig.. Als het 'tweede deel' van het boek begint, op pagina 184, begint het boek pas echt! Even die eerste pagina's doorzetten en dan is het een geweldig boek! Ik heb gelijk deel 2 besteld :)
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
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Toen ik voor het eerst hoorde over dit boek werd ik nog niet echt nieuwsgierig. De enige informatie die ik had was dat het over een meisje ging dat leeft in de Appwereld en wilt uitpluggen. Ik besloot om meer informatie te zoeken en toen ik de samenvatting van het boek had gelezen werd ik opeens wel nieuwsgierig. Eerlijk gezegd kon ik niet wachten tot dit boek in de winkel kwam. Toen was het zover, het boek lag in de winkel. Op vakantie heb ik dit boek gekocht en dezelfde dag ben ik er in begonn ...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.
Marrit Beekman
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Spanning van begin tot einde".

Ik ben zo blij dat ik dit boek mocht kopen toen ik mijn Handelingsbekwaam examen op school haalde. Ik keek er al heel lang naar uit om dit boek te lezen. Toen hij eenmaal in mijn kast stond besefte ik dat ik een TBR-jar had en dat ik dus niet eens wist wanneer ik dit boek kon lezen. Maar ik denk dat het lot mij en dit boek gewoon verbonden heeft, want nadat ik het boek uit had dat ik op dat moment aan het lezen was, grabbelde ik natuurlijk in mijn jar voor mijn vol
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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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