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Skylar Cruz’s heart is shattered. But even though everyone has betrayed her, Skylar was able to negotiate a way to open the door between the Real World and the App World. Now Skylar must help the people who left the virtual world behind as they become refugees in the Real World. And for everyone who remained plugged in, a new danger has become evident. Their bodies are myst Skylar Cruz’s heart is shattered. But even though everyone has betrayed her, Skylar was able to negotiate a way to open the door between the Real World and the App World. Now Skylar must help the people who left the virtual world behind as they become refugees in the Real World. And for everyone who remained plugged in, a new danger has become evident. Their bodies are mysteriously dying, and it’s because of events Skylar’s sister, Jude, set in motion. A virus has been unleashed that could mean total extinction of the App World—and everyone in it. Skylar and Jude must set aside their differences and work together if they are to defeat the mind virus before the App World fades away into oblivion.


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Skylar Cruz’s heart is shattered. But even though everyone has betrayed her, Skylar was able to negotiate a way to open the door between the Real World and the App World. Now Skylar must help the people who left the virtual world behind as they become refugees in the Real World. And for everyone who remained plugged in, a new danger has become evident. Their bodies are myst Skylar Cruz’s heart is shattered. But even though everyone has betrayed her, Skylar was able to negotiate a way to open the door between the Real World and the App World. Now Skylar must help the people who left the virtual world behind as they become refugees in the Real World. And for everyone who remained plugged in, a new danger has become evident. Their bodies are mysteriously dying, and it’s because of events Skylar’s sister, Jude, set in motion. A virus has been unleashed that could mean total extinction of the App World—and everyone in it. Skylar and Jude must set aside their differences and work together if they are to defeat the mind virus before the App World fades away into oblivion.

30 review for The Mind Virus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

    2020 Honestly, a pretty decent ending; just about what I expected. I like that the plot continued to build the way that it did. And the characters all had some for of personal growth. I didn't like the Rain/Lacy/Skylar/Kit storyline. I didn't see why it was necessary for Skylar to like both Rain and Kit; and for Rain to like both Lacy and Skylar (it's that darn love triangle garbage). But even with that, they were all pretty likable characters (Lacy is a bit of an exception there). I thought t 2020 Honestly, a pretty decent ending; just about what I expected. I like that the plot continued to build the way that it did. And the characters all had some for of personal growth. I didn't like the Rain/Lacy/Skylar/Kit storyline. I didn't see why it was necessary for Skylar to like both Rain and Kit; and for Rain to like both Lacy and Skylar (it's that darn love triangle garbage). But even with that, they were all pretty likable characters (Lacy is a bit of an exception there). I thought the way the Real world and App world individuals ended up was a bit strange. (view spoiler)[Everyone just kind of forgave each other or came to peace with themselves. Like Jude who was just like, "live and let live" even though she was the one who was trying to sell bodies at the marketplace like a week earlier. And Skylar's father who was such a dictator and a dick throughout the series but suddenly he was just okay with everything. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[Of course, I also knew that someone was going to die. I was really betting it was going to be Rain - because his death would have such a big impact. Even though he was kind of a terrible person keeping secrets that he shouldn't have been keeping. But I was wrong. The author actually went with the least painful for the reader (since Lacy isn't exactly the most likable). I was surprised that none of the big ones were taken out, otherwise. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    CatherineG_C2

    “The Mind Virus” is is a book framing Skylers life ever since Kit broke her heart, she been moping for weeks on end. She tried to patch her heart with Rain; but that option is crumpling because Rain is known for his reputation of being the “King” of the real world, so that made Skyler the, queen. Skyler, refused to see her as a queen (even if its not real), she turns her head on Rain and finally agreed to leave him when she found that Rain was lying to her. Lacy (famous app world celebrity) swoo “The Mind Virus” is is a book framing Skylers life ever since Kit broke her heart, she been moping for weeks on end. She tried to patch her heart with Rain; but that option is crumpling because Rain is known for his reputation of being the “King” of the real world, so that made Skyler the, queen. Skyler, refused to see her as a queen (even if its not real), she turns her head on Rain and finally agreed to leave him when she found that Rain was lying to her. Lacy (famous app world celebrity) swoops in to grab the chance at flirting with Rain. Lucy is like a vulture swooping in to eat the left overs of a lions kill. After Skyler opened the app world wall, the major shift from the app world to the real world, has grown unstable, leaving virus’s in the app world. Skyler goes back in to the app world and reopens the app world wall, but if she still did that some of the citizens die because they don’t have a body to go back to, including Skylers sister Jude. The conclusion of the story is that Skyler does keep the app world open and patches up her life with Kit and her mother. The saddest part of the story is that Lacy Mills dies, even though she is selfish some times, her presents to Skyler had a impact; because Lacy died shifting to the app world Skyler still cried for her loss. This is one the best trilogy book series(excluding hunger games) ever! This trilogy plays with your emotions a lot, the characters make a lot of stupid and regrettable mistakes(i feel like i have never wanted to kill a character this much in a book). The only criticism i have is that the ending is little weak, she doesn’t ended with some thing that makes me craving for more. Great book recommend it a lot!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Honestly, one of the worst last books in a trilogy I've read thus far. The second book was still relatively fresh in my head when I read this, but it felt like I was reading two entirely different books, written by different authors, and the only thing that made any sense was that there was an App World and a Real World. Remember how Skye and her good old sister were enemies in Book Two? Yeah, in Book Three, they have one interaction and is forgiven, and redeemed. Same goes for the father. It's Honestly, one of the worst last books in a trilogy I've read thus far. The second book was still relatively fresh in my head when I read this, but it felt like I was reading two entirely different books, written by different authors, and the only thing that made any sense was that there was an App World and a Real World. Remember how Skye and her good old sister were enemies in Book Two? Yeah, in Book Three, they have one interaction and is forgiven, and redeemed. Same goes for the father. It's like their decisions in Book Two DIDN'T matter at all, like book two didn't even happen, because everything was just glossed over without explanations. Remember how Sky was left broken-hearted by Kit? Yeah, I barely remembered too, apparently, because they got about an alarming five scenes before they're happily in love again (though again, the author didn't show much of that either). Remember how much Rain loved Lacy? Gee, me neither, because there wasn't ANY indication that what Rain actually loved Lacy other than the fact that he dated her once and thought her annoying. Skye's breakup, Lacy's "confession" and Rain's one last chicken dance before claiming that ultimately he still loved Lacy, and loved her the most, was just rushed, nonsensical, and a horrible attempt to resolve what shouldn't have been a love triangle/rectangle in the first place. Funny how I liked the second book so much it was a four star rating, and then I had to read this nonsense. Gross.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    Okay unlike other reviews.. I say Donna Freitas nailed it! My heart breaks tho that this series has come to an end. It was literally MY FAVORITE! It just made me think so much about our future in this world and how tech addicted many of us humans are. If it is possible I really wish she would continue the series and how the world is remade. But my heart is happy for Kit and Skylar. I know I’m selfish. ❤️ But the book was beautifully written and I couldn’t appreciate it more. Thank you Donna Freit Okay unlike other reviews.. I say Donna Freitas nailed it! My heart breaks tho that this series has come to an end. It was literally MY FAVORITE! It just made me think so much about our future in this world and how tech addicted many of us humans are. If it is possible I really wish she would continue the series and how the world is remade. But my heart is happy for Kit and Skylar. I know I’m selfish. ❤️ But the book was beautifully written and I couldn’t appreciate it more. Thank you Donna Freitas 😊

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jenaya

    I can not wait to add this series to my collection. So I can read it again and again. A great conclusion to this amazing story. If you haven't read this series I think you should. Its mind opening to how we are with technology. How addicted we are. And with that being said. I am going to go and unplug and read another amazing story. I can not wait to add this series to my collection. So I can read it again and again. A great conclusion to this amazing story. If you haven't read this series I think you should. Its mind opening to how we are with technology. How addicted we are. And with that being said. I am going to go and unplug and read another amazing story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolynn Markey

    I really liked the ending of this book and how everything panned out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Grace-Lily

    favourite book!!!! best series I have ever read!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    A great end to the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Houser

    Loved how it ended. This was an awesome series :D

  10. 5 out of 5

    annikasplatzindieserwelt

    4.5-5 ⭐️

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elisha Jachetti

    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 be 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. Review originally published on YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teenage Reads

    Plot: After closing the body market, Skyler thought her hero days were done. Yet those who unplugged started regretting their decision, they are laid up in bed all day, refusing to walk, and demanding their apps back. The children do not seem to mind, already running around and doing gymnastics, they prance around the makeshift shelter chanting about Queen Skyler and King Rain. Yes, after the betrayal from Kit, Skyler and Rain became a mutual unit again. Skyler tries to help Parvda with the pain Plot: After closing the body market, Skyler thought her hero days were done. Yet those who unplugged started regretting their decision, they are laid up in bed all day, refusing to walk, and demanding their apps back. The children do not seem to mind, already running around and doing gymnastics, they prance around the makeshift shelter chanting about Queen Skyler and King Rain. Yes, after the betrayal from Kit, Skyler and Rain became a mutual unit again. Skyler tries to help Parvda with the pain of losing Adam, her boyfriend, as he shifted into the App World after they had a terrible fight. When coming face to face with Kit, outside the body market, Skyler does not give him a chance. As much as she loved Kit, and she really did, but he betrayed her to her sister, never even giving her the chance to help him like she promised. Something is wrong in the app world, something her mother and Rain tried to hide from her. The bodies of the still plugged in are dying off of no natural cause. With no correlation to age, race or sex, Skyler knew she had to be the one who found out. Recruiting Lacy to help Skyler shift, an idea that Rain did not want happen, thus they had to do it in secret. Their deal, Lacy helps Skyler shift, and Lacy gets to talk to Rain, to discuss them, for Lacy to know if Rain loved her like he loves Skyler. Ree is the app character this book starts off with. Living her life fully in the shadow of best friend Char, Ree was on the fence about unplugging. When Char downloads a silver present app that turns out to be poison, Ree and her mother are locked away as a government secret. Locked in her apartment with only her mother, Ree discovers a way she can escape by diving into an online game that involves interacting with other people. Meeting Adam and then Skyler, Ree is excited for her escape to become a reality. yet, the government knew what was going on, so when they take her to Emory Specter, Ree knew she had to act smart to keep herself alive. The app world was not what Ree was lead to believe, as looking out her window in her skyscraper prison there were black holes everywhere. In the sky, in the ground, Ree finds out that the app world was dying, and unless something happened soon, they were all going to die with it. Thoughts: What a way to end the series! Donna Freitas takes us into the two worlds: one real one made of apps. With a refugee problem, much like on our world, this story is divided into four parts as the citizens of New Port get to decide whether or not they want to save these App people, who abandon them and the real world in the first place. Freitas left nothing to last minute as the story takes place from the point of view of Ree, Skyler, Kit, Lacy, and Rain, letting all the main characters share their deepest thoughts. The love triangle (triangle with an offshoot) between Skyler, Kit, Lacy and Rain finally settles, as each couple gets with the one they desire most. Kit, again is your bad boy's favorite, as he gets inked up in a way to remind him of Skyler, which is the cutest thing a guy like Kit could do. Parts that Freitas skipped over was how calm Jude was when she and Skyler came face to face again. Maybe it was because she finally got her app life she wanted, yet it was a nice touch that Freitas ended with the Cruz family at peace with each other. The ending was the best, with a cute little epilogue to round out the series, the death Freitas added, where I was offended as that character was one of my favorites, seem right, giving them the hero status they tried to achieve throughout the story. Plus, the little bit of hope in the significant other’s eyes when talking to someone new, gave me hope, as Freitas did not totally destroy their life.

  13. 5 out of 5

    iva

    The final book of The Wired series is an interesting mix of improvements and diminishments from the previous stories. There are also even more POV’s and thank god, one of them doesn’t have anything to do with the main love tetragon. Ree is refreshingly carefree despite the circumstances of her appearances, funny and witty and sarcastic. Also more proactive than Skylar in the first book. The characters all underwent some major development - my favorite was Lacy (but I loved Lacy from the first boo The final book of The Wired series is an interesting mix of improvements and diminishments from the previous stories. There are also even more POV’s and thank god, one of them doesn’t have anything to do with the main love tetragon. Ree is refreshingly carefree despite the circumstances of her appearances, funny and witty and sarcastic. Also more proactive than Skylar in the first book. The characters all underwent some major development - my favorite was Lacy (but I loved Lacy from the first book). She’s an unusual take on Rich Bitch trope. Her attitude is explained, but nobody, and herself least, tries to use it to excuse her behavior. She is unapologetic when she’s doing whatever she wants and using any means to get to her goals (which aren’t all selfish or bad. I think she is a true Slytherin and her association with the color green only strengthens that). There’s a happy wlw couple that subverts an apparent use of Bury Your Gays in the first book. I still think it would be nice to have more queer representation, but it was okay. The love tetragon is unusual in its bluntness of who actually likes whom and what the true reason for it to even exist is, and its solution is pretty anticlimactic. On the other hand, some of the negatives: unnecessary secrets that become really tiring. Too many characters who are treated as important in one scene and then forgotten. Easy forgiveness (which, in the end, also ends kind of subverted). Villain decay to a ridiculous extent of the main antagonist. Skylar being the leader of the real world just because (yeah, I get what she did in the previous book kind of guarantees her this, but she’s just not a believable leader, not for me. She’s more like Katniss - Katniss wasn’t a leader and nobody treated her like that, she was a symbol and when people started to look to her for advice, she panicked. Skylar goes with the flow and everybody listens to her, nobody undermines her). And, as with the previous stories, there are yet again some words and phrases that are repeated over and over. At least the word study was dropped to a normal level. The main issue - people being so engrossed in virtual reality they forget to live in the real world - is still present and strong, but in this books, it’s joined by this worlds very own refugee crisis. And where Freitas is blunt about the former issue, the latter is approached more subtly. But the message is still loud and clear - one of the most important things about humanity is our ability of compassion. I’m so glad that in this times there are highly entertaining stories including these issues in young adult literature. All in all, this was very interesting YA dystopia series, easily one of the best I’ve read. Despite my occasional problems with Freitas’ writing, she is good and captured me in her story very easily. The things that bugged me are more than made up for by things that I loved. So I’m really glad I read it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cecilie Licht

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book was not bad, but I was a little bit disappointed. I thought it was quite short and not as good as the other two. I think this is due to the ending, I thought the ending was very rushed which decreases the wow effect I normally get from series ending. However I have to admit that I had a hard time putting down the book and I really liked Skylars relationship with Kit. Although I was hoping for some more romance between them. What I really hated about the book was how Rain seemed to be in The book was not bad, but I was a little bit disappointed. I thought it was quite short and not as good as the other two. I think this is due to the ending, I thought the ending was very rushed which decreases the wow effect I normally get from series ending. However I have to admit that I had a hard time putting down the book and I really liked Skylars relationship with Kit. Although I was hoping for some more romance between them. What I really hated about the book was how Rain seemed to be in love with Sky through the other two books and then he suddenly realized he loves Lacy. I think she deserved better but when she then finally got her prince she dies. Lacy is the character we hate but then grow to love, and I think it’s unfair that she had to die right after Rain finally being ready to be with her. Overall the book was good and I’m glad to finally have an ending for this amazing series but I guess I was just expecting something more. Hope you guys enjoy for it is worth reading.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie Cortez

    I am finally done with this book and my thoughts about it are all over the place. It took me FORever to finish this story and it was actually pretty thought provoking (towards the end). I feel that an underlying message to this story could be that we, as a society, spend entirely too much time on electronic devices. This book is basically about a virtual world crashing and those that live within its codes. At the end, electronic devices and social media were again taking over their lives, but th I am finally done with this book and my thoughts about it are all over the place. It took me FORever to finish this story and it was actually pretty thought provoking (towards the end). I feel that an underlying message to this story could be that we, as a society, spend entirely too much time on electronic devices. This book is basically about a virtual world crashing and those that live within its codes. At the end, electronic devices and social media were again taking over their lives, but they had to let it happen (even if it meant history was repeating itself). Even though it took me the longest, this was probably my favorite book out of the whole series. And the love story between two of the characters was so obvious even from the beginning. 4.5/5

  16. 4 out of 5

    beanbagreads

    The main reason I'd give this one 3 stars is because it felt fairly uneventful compared to The Body Market (#2), which I absolutely loved. Not saying that nothing happens in it, but more that The Body Market was a rollercoaster from start to finish and The Mind Virus doesn't quite have that same effect for me. With such a long build up to the climax of the story, I just don't feel like it peaked as much as it could have at the end. Would have liked to see more villain action at work here. Whilst The main reason I'd give this one 3 stars is because it felt fairly uneventful compared to The Body Market (#2), which I absolutely loved. Not saying that nothing happens in it, but more that The Body Market was a rollercoaster from start to finish and The Mind Virus doesn't quite have that same effect for me. With such a long build up to the climax of the story, I just don't feel like it peaked as much as it could have at the end. Would have liked to see more villain action at work here. Whilst they're definitely there, I would have expected much more rivalry and nastiness that carries on from previous books. Still - a nice finish to the trilogy, nonetheless.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexia

    The Mind Virus is a great conclusion to The Wired Trilogy. It deals a lot with the topic of immigration as some of the Real World Citizens don't want the App World refuges reintegrating into normal society. We also learn more about Skylar's mother and what she did all those years Skylar was plugged in. The only thing I would add to this book would be some sort of reconciliation between Skylar and Jude. The Mind Virus is a great conclusion to The Wired Trilogy. It deals a lot with the topic of immigration as some of the Real World Citizens don't want the App World refuges reintegrating into normal society. We also learn more about Skylar's mother and what she did all those years Skylar was plugged in. The only thing I would add to this book would be some sort of reconciliation between Skylar and Jude.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    A solid three stars. To be honest, I find this writer's style very basic, and the character's actions/interactions with each other very stereotypical. There is no real deep thinking with these characters, nor complex interactions with each other. But I find the story line of this series interesting, so I had to complete it/get the end. A solid three stars. To be honest, I find this writer's style very basic, and the character's actions/interactions with each other very stereotypical. There is no real deep thinking with these characters, nor complex interactions with each other. But I find the story line of this series interesting, so I had to complete it/get the end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Moriah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really liked this series and how it could show the repercussions of the media epidemic we struggle with today. Even though it’s an exaggerated scenario, it’s interesting to see how life would be if we truly did plug in to a virtual world with apps that are used from our technology.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    It just didn't work for me. Where I thought the first two books to be decent enough, the final instalment of this series was a miss. It felt rushed in all the wrong places, while at the same time incredibly dragged out. Needless to say, I'm glad this series ended. It just didn't work for me. Where I thought the first two books to be decent enough, the final instalment of this series was a miss. It felt rushed in all the wrong places, while at the same time incredibly dragged out. Needless to say, I'm glad this series ended.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kirstyn-maree

    The stunning conclusion to the Unplugged series, this story has great character development and overall an interesting plot line.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen Wysk

    Actually loved this series. It has been a few years since I could really embrace a book, let alone a series. Great book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    T. Jackson

    Fantastic Story. Could not put it down.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Disappointing end to the series. Not very exciting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sariah F

    These books are all so amazing and mind-opening! If you want to think, these books are for you.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kaele’s Krazy Book Obsession

    Wow. I CANT WITH THIS SERIES. I did not think she would take it this way. That the virtual world would die. That devices would come back to the real world. I’m so glad in this book that Skylar ended up with Kit, I love him. I wish there were more Trader scenes, he was my comic relief in book two. But I loved that Kit and her brother were friends. Highly recommend this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marina

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tracy V.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nele

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maria

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