Unplugged by Donna Freitas poses the question of what happens when humans prefer to live in an all digital world. In this version of the future, App World is real and people can chose to be plugged in for their entire lifetime, for a cost of course. The rich are striving to live in a world where they are no longer bound by physical bodies. The “Singles” are children who were plugged in by their families who must work as “Keepers” to maintain the bodies of those plugged in. Risking everything in both worlds is Skye, a teen girl who would give everything to see her mother and sister just one more time.
I was impressed by the depth of this tale. I was expecting it to be more of a surface read as the App World is described as glamorous, but was happily surprised by the breadth of the story. Skye is an intriguing main character, as she sees both worlds as special in their own ways. She is struggling to find happiness and is willing to risk everything to do it. I didn’t love some of the supporting cast and the rampant shallowness of some turned me off, but overall this was a very unique read. I loved the cliffhanger ending and am sure book two in the series will not disappoint either.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.