Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Summary: Freesia’s life is perfect. She lives on the beautiful tropical island of Agalinas, surrounded by idyllic weather, fancy dress shops, and peacocks who sing her favorite song to wake her up in the morning. She has so many outfits she could wear a different one every day for a year and not run out.
Lately things on the island may have been a bit flippy: sudden blackouts, students disappearing, even Freesia’s reflection looking slightly . . . off. But in Freesia’s experience, it’s better not to think about things like that too much.
Unfortunately for her, these signs are more than random blips in the universe. In Bubble World by Carol Snow, Freesia’s perfect bubble is about to pop.
My Review: This review contains spoilers.
Imagine going to a virtual reality school. Imagine your parents think you’re getting a great education, that you’re learning many different languages and complex scientific principles. It sounds great, doesn’t it? But the reality is quite different in Bubble World.
Freesia’s life is perfect, if not a bit boring. She lives in a tropical paradise, and everyone around her seems to cater to her needs. She wakes up to peacocks singing her favorite songs, her mother is quick to fix her coffee, and school is a party without end. But things aren’t perfect, as Freesia soon realizes.
I kept thinking that Freesia was in a coma, and that’s why her world was freaky, but it turns out, her self-involved parents didn’t want to deal with her, so they sign her up for a virtual reality school. In reality, Freesia lives in a bubble inside her bedroom. She is totally unaware of her physical surroundings, until a software upgrade causes glitches in the program, and her parents are forced to keep her in the real world for a while.
I was simply disgusted by the parents. The father was oblivious, but the mother was outright despicable. She was so concerned with her blog that she didn’t care that her daughter was being neglected.
The story was unique. After spending much time reading post-apocalyptic, often sad, dystopian stories, Bubble World was a breath of fresh air.
I was terribly saddened by Freesia’s friend Ricky. I thought it was realistic that he wanted to escape his reality, but I wish he’d have the guts to do something about it.
I know many people didn’t like the book, but I liked it well enough.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars