Review Detail

Young Adult Fiction 1921
Unplugged # 3
(Updated: March 24, 2018)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
THE MIND VIRUS by Donna Freitas is the third and final installment of the UNPLUGGED series. The story opens with a new character, Ree, watching her friend die a virtual death, something that had previously been considered impossible. Not wanting the word to spread, the virtual government imprisons Ree for what she’s seen. Meanwhile, back in the Real World, Skylar knows something is amiss when bodies start perishing on the plugs. As rumors of the App World collapsing begin to circulate, Skylar becomes very concerned. The citizens of New Port City are already resistant to the current App World refugees, and it’s doubtful they’ll want to make room for any more. With the lives of so many hanging in the balance, Skylar only has one choice. She’ll have to save the day. Again.

I like the premise of this book as it presents a completely new challenge for Skylar and company. They’re not going against Emory Specter and Jude Cruz again, nor are they fighting over the same problems. The Body Market ended with THE BODY MARKET novel. A system virus also feels like a legitimate complication in their world, and is therefore, a believable adversary.

(Spoilers ahead)

With that being said, much of THE MIND VIRUS doesn’t work for me. Firstly, the storyline between Rain and Lacy feels forced. All of a sudden, Rain loves Lacy, claiming he’s felt this way a long time, even if he didn’t want to admit it. However, I have a difficult time buying that when in THE BODY MARKET, the chapters written from Rain’s perspective draw a different picture. In the second novel, Rain mentions giving Lacy a chance, but ultimately, the book ends with him declaring his love for Skylar. In THE MIND VIRUS, on the other hand, Rain insinuates that he cares about Skylar so much only because he feels responsible for her. Therefore, the inconsistency between the two books is too convenient. Instead of THE MIND VIRUS facing a love triangle head on, Rain’s abrupt feelings for Lacy make for an easier and cleaner solution.

It’s also odd that no one seems to be mad at Kit, even though he betrayed everyone. Skylar herself is more hurt from his disappearance for the last six months, and Trader has even decided to help him. It’s also clear from Skylar’s first chapter that she’ll get back with Kit. However, there’s never a big romantic reconciliation, and she never confronts him in a serious way about what he did. The whole situation is strange, especially since we wait the majority of the novel knowing they’ll get together and waiting for it to happen.

Though I’m a huge fan of the main characters, who are very well written, Ree’s character is all over the place. Her chapters read as though Freitas discovered Ree’s voice the more she wrote her, but never doubled back to make sure she was consistent. This left me very confused. Ree kicks off the novel as a foil to her vain friend and status-obsessed mother, but by the end of it, she behaves like a younger Lacy. This transformation doesn’t seem to be a part of Ree’s arc, but instead is a fluctuating character depiction.

I also consistently wonder where the Real World government is in THE MIND VIRUS. It feels unrealistic that the fate of all these people rests primarily on Skylar and her friends. Wouldn’t there be other intelligent people who would want to assist, or would have plans of action? For such a major event, it feels unlikely that only Skylar’s crew would respond or be in the know.

On a whole series note though, I’ve really enjoyed spending time with these characters. When I finished reading this third book, I was sad to be parting with them, and I would love to see Freitas release novellas, a spin-off series, or even a fourth book. These books are a masterclass in shifting first person perspective as they break the conventional rules and industry notions, and I’m glad that I had a chance to read them. Freitas addresses many political points in her stories, particularly the dangers of technology. I believe one of her intentions with this series is to make people think twice about how much time we spend on our phones, and in that aspect, she is completely successful.
Report this review Was this review helpful to you? 2 0

Comments

Already have an account? or Create an account
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Thomas Edison
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Learn about the life of Thomas Edison in this early...
Pete the Cat: 5-Minute Bedtime Stories: Includes 12 Cozy Stories!
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Join Pete the Cat for 12 groovy, cozy stories perfect...
Sabina: In the Eye of the Storm
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
As in Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" and...
Literally: Amazing Words and Where They Come From
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A stunning non-fiction picture book about the origins of the...
Ty's Travels: All Aboard!
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Join Ty on his imaginative adventures in Ty's Travels: All...
Cuddle Close, Little Koala
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
A reassuring bedtime story about the special bond between a...
We Are Together
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
The power of love and friendship is celebrated in this...
Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger, #2)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Half-angel Trinity and her bonded gargoyle protector, Zayne, have been...
Diamond City (Diamond City, #1)
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
"A thrilling adventure, through a vibrant city as alive as...
Shadow of the Batgirl
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn't exactly Batgirl material...yet. Will she...
Of Ice and Shadows
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
The long-awaited sequel to Of Fire and Stars—in which Mare...
Agnes at the End of the World
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Handmaid's Tale meets Wilder Girls in this genre-defying novel...
My Love is All Around
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
Mommy Bear shows Baby Bear how love is all around...
I'm not a Mouse!
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Olivia really doesn't like her nickname - mostly because it...
My Panda Sweater
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The other kids may laugh, but I always feel safe...
One Day on our Blue Planet... In the Outback
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
From breakfast to dinner, dusk to dawn, children will love...

Latest Member Reviews

Rage and Ruin (The Harbinger, #2)
 
5.0
"RAGE AND RUIN is a fantastic sequel in THE HARBINGER series. Picking up where the first book left off, we..."
Diamond City (City of Steel and Diamond, #1)
 
3.3
"DIAMOND CITY follows Aina, an assassin. Aina was out on the streets as a young child, when her parents were..."
Shadow of the Batgirl
 
4.7
"SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL is an origin story for Cassandra Cain. Cassandra was raised by her villain father as a..."
That's Not What Happened
 
4.7
"WHAT I LOVED: There have been countless school shootings in the United States and hundreds if not thousands of..."
Of Ice and Shadows
 
3.7
"WHAT I LOVED: One of my biggest complaints about Of Fire and Stars was its lacking characterization, but that’s been..."
Agnes at the End of the World
 
5.0
"AGNES AT THE END OF THE WORLD is a poignant YA dystopian that really speaks to humanity and the present...."
The Falling in Love Montage
 
5.0
"THE FALLING IN LOVE MONTAGE is a beautiful YA contemporary romance that follows Saoirse (Seer-sha). Saoirse speaks to the reader..."
Crave
 
4.3
"After the death of her parents, Grace comes to an Alaskan boarding school. Once there, she senses something is 'off'..."
You Brought Me the Ocean
 
3.7
"YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN is a graphic novel of the origin story for Aqualad. Jake is 17 and living..."
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
 
2.0
" I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth centers around a..."
Pumpkinheads
 
4.7
"I am pretty new to graphic novels so when I won a copy of 'Pumpkin Heads' on GoodReads I was..."
Burn
 
3.7
"BURN imagines a world that is just like ours, except that dragons exist. Dragons have been around for longer than..."
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed
 
5.0
"WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED is a fantastic new story featuring Diana coming into her own. She has been raised among..."
The Archer at Dawn (The Tiger at Midnight, #2)
 
5.0
"THE ARCHER AT DAWN is a fantastic sequel in the THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT trilogy. This second book picks up..."
My Calamity Jane
 
5.0
"What worked: This is a fun paranormal twist on historical figures set in the Wild West of 1876. I loved..."
Where Dreams Descend
 
5.0
"FEEDBACK This book was everything I wanted and more. It begins with Kallia and her performance. It quickly descends into..."
The State of Us
 
5.0
"THE STATE OF US is a really fantastic YA contemporary romance that follows the children of two political rivals. Dean's..."
Live Like Legends
 
5.0
"LIVE LIKE LEGENDS is an absolutely fantastic YA fantasy romance. We follow Kalista, who is a princess born to be..."
Blood Countess (Lady Slayers)
 
4.3
"Visually, this book is a gorgeous work of art, splattered with blood from cover to cover. For those familiar with..."
Like Sisters on the Homefront
 
4.7
"Top 3 reasons to read LIKE SISTERS ON THE HOMEFRONT: 1.) The characters- Gayle, a NYC girl sent to..."