Technology is the new drug
When Maggie Stone straps on the Vertix H2, an innovative device that creates a social media and online experience unlike anything she’s ever known, she quickly becomes a fan.
Able to control virtual reality with her mind, the rush is intoxicating. But soon the device begins to take over her life. Immersed in a colorful and explosive world of technology, she finds it impossible to disconnect. As her addiction grows, Maggie’s world spirals out of control, endangering and pushing away reality.
Can she kick the social addiction, or will the thrill of the connection pull her under?
A Note From the Publisher
"In WIRED, a frighteningly believable story set in the not-too-distant future, technology has achieved its darkest promise, replacing human interactions and genuine experiences with virtual reality. Author Caytlyn Brooke has captured the devastating effects of addiction in a fast-paced, imaginative, and compelling story. WIRED is a scary story about the dangers of addiction, delivering a powerful lesson without feeling didactic. It is a great book for any teen or young adult." — Foreword Magazine
"With a plot line that could be torn from tomorrow's newspaper headlines, "Wired" by Caytlyn Brooke deftly explores in a fictional format what advances in virtual reality technology could well make real as a social and health problem in another decade or so. An original and riveting read from cover to cover, "Wired" is unreservedly recommended…" — Midwest Book Review
"A masterful tale about how easily addiction can take over even the most successful life and destroy it… Ms. Brooke has created a world that is so realistic in its complexity and the character’s motivations, readers will find themselves reconsidering their own social media use. The path from first use to full addict is very realistic in terms of many types of real addictions. The pace, description, and details such as the foreshadowing is so well done readers will not be able to put this book down or forget this story anytime soon." — InD'Tale Magazine
"…a powerful story that resonates with brutal honesty of tech addictions experienced by so many people today; this book has a powerful message that speaks volumes to YA audiences. Recommended for home and school libraries, Wired has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval." — Children's Literary Classics
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Wired by Caytlyn Brooke takes place in high-tech future. Phones are replaced with watches called iJewels. Calls are replaced with holographic messages. The iJewel can also be used to make payments as a credit card might. My favorite feature of the iJewel is a holographic cat that tells the weather. But a new tech gadget has just come out that can do all that and more. The Vertix H2 connects via the neck to the spinal cord. It can make you see, taste, hear, and smell anything you would like. Maggie, the main character, has acquired one of these. At first, it's a pleasant calm in the midst of her stressful life. Then, it becomes sickening to live without. What follows is a very real look at addiction and the pain for everyone involved. This is a very powerful read. It gives you a very raw look at addiction, not sugar coating it. For this reason, it may be a trigger for some. Read with caution. It also proposes the possibility that technology could become an addiction as strong as drugs. This book will make you think. This book is very well-written. Besides being well-edited, the plot is also very well thought out. At first, I found myself wishing I could connect to Vertix H2 and escape for awhile. Then, after reading the affects of disconnecting I wonder if I too would become addicted -- or wired. This is why I give the book 5 out of 5 stars. I suggest this to anyone who won't be fazed by the addiction mentioned in this book who is looking for their next favorite science-fiction read.
I really loved this book and the concept of technology being an immersive addiction that can take over some individuals' lives if not used responsibly. In my opinion, it really hit the nail on the head as this book dived into the sort of technology that is around us in today's society. It was definitely a page-turning book that made me look at my own use of technology and what I might be missing out on while scrolling through my phone or playing a game on it. The ONLY reason I would not recommend this book to my students is there is some not-age-appropriate content for middle schoolers in my opinion when it discusses one of the dating apps.
I was an emotional wreck by the last page of this book. This was a terrifying look at how easily we can get sucked in and escape from reality. The author doesn’t shy away from addiction and the side effects and that is what made this book a page turner for me. I loved everything about this and being new to this author, I plan on reading her other books. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book, the author for addressing addiction in technology and the publisher. One of the best books I have read in a long time.
The YA speculative fiction novel about virtual reality technology that becomes addictive like a drug is crazy intense! The craziest part is how actually realistic and possible this could be. Since I have a background in neurology and educational technology, I can confirm that our brains can treat stimulants from technology in the same way as drugs, gambling and other addictions. Who hasn’t experienced this with our current smartphones and Kindles (which are in antique stores in the book)? It is not many steps removed from the technology featured in the book. The novel is very engaging and I would recommend it to teens and adults. Thanks to NetGalley, BHC Press, and the author Catylyn Brooke for an electronic review copy.
With our dependence and obsession with all things technology I could see some form of this actually happening. Games are already a cause for concern among some groups because of the addiction aspect and taking yourself out of your word when things are tough and going into VR would be something everyone could relate too at least once or twice in their lives. This was a well written and imaginative book that keep me flipping pages as fast as I possibly could. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book.
An exhilarating read that had hooked from page 1. It was frightening how the main character descended into technology addiction. The author's vivid descriptions made me feel like I was right there in the middle of the action. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more titles by this author!