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Bubble World Hardcover – July 30, 2013
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Carol Snow grew up in New Jersey. Much of her childhood was spent immersed in books; the rest was focused on avoiding dodgeball. In addition to her psychology degree from Brown University, she holds an M.A.T. in English from Boston College. Before getting her first book published, she had the typical (for a writer) assortment of odd jobs: tour guide, tutor, chambermaid, waitress. She worked for a T-shirt company, a child services agency, and a vanity press. She even had a short stint in local politics. Her campaign brochures were really pretty, with flawless punctuation.
Since leaving New Jersey, Carol has lived all over the place: Rhode Island, London, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Utah, Arizona, and, now, Southern California, where she shares a cat-fur-coated house with her husband and their two children.
Top Customer Reviews
By using their "bubbles" the children connect themselves to their own worlds. Freesia (a teen) lives in an ideal environment complete with peacocks, a fully stocked wardrobe, and an attitude that seriously needs to be adjusted.
The virtual world the children live is Agalinas. It's a bubble so it's not reality and I think we get that early on. This being a virtual world, there are technological setbacks, particularly since this is the beginning of the virtual education revolution. When the bubble crashes, Freesia gets a good dose of reality. Being used to perfection in the bubble, Freesia (Francine) is forced to look at the world and her family as they are, warts and all. She ultimately rejects a "memory reducer" from her father and creates chaos when she goes back into the bubble with the other kids discussing the outside (or real) world finding some other kids with similar suspicions.
Because of this infraction, she is expelled from life in the bubble and must readjust to the reality of teen life in the real world. As the story progresses we begin to learn more and more about Agalinas and why certain children are "committed" (largely due to some big troubles in real life).
We also learn about the creator of Agalinas and his motives. Through a series of events, Agalinas is revamped into a proper school and Francine goes back but it's not the Agalinas she knows.
I won't give away any more of the story but I really thought this was an original idea and almost plausible.Read more ›
[BEWARE SPOILERS FOLLOW]
Bubble World takes place at the dawn of this revolution. The point of view character is Francine, or Freesia as she calls herself. She starts the book living in a perfect world, Agalinas, the virtual world where she has peacocks that greet her in the morning, a walk-in closet full of clothes, and friends that she can instantly reach using her "bubble." And, she is a totally self-absorbed, loathsome, spoiled teenager.
Bubble World has several meanings. The children in Agalinas all have PDA+ called a bubble. The children hooked into the virtual world live in bubbles inside their homes, and the world of Agalinas is a bubble.
To the author's credit, she tips her hand that Agalinas is not real in the first five chapters when the virtual world crashes. It is a temporary set-back though, and Freesia gets a glimpse of the real girl, Francine, with her acne, frizzy hair, and dumpy frame.
A few chapters later, the virtual world crashes hard, and Freesia is forced back out into the real world where she meets her family and spends a few hours with them. The family looks like a real family, not like their perfect counterparts in Agalinas. After a few hours, the corrections to the virtual world are complete, but, when the father gives Francine the memory reducer to eliminate her memory of the time in the real world, Francine flushes it down the toilet instead.Read more ›
But you know that old saying about if it's too good to be true...
Freesia doesn't pay too much attention to the little things, but even she eventually notices that not everything is as it appears. What's with all of the black-outs lately? The odd glitches? The nasty nightmare where she's in a little dark room and her reflection isn't her own? Too scary to ignore, but she's not sure what it all means.
Found the premise of this book fascinating, as we discover alongside Freesia that her perfect life in paradise is not quite what it seems. Part of the fascination is that I could see her situation becoming a reality not too far down the road (if it's not already here)!
This is a fun, bubbly story that makes a great summer read! Recommended for anyone looking for a fast read or something light and fluffy for the beach.
Something is wrong here. Very wrong. Or maybe it's just 'too right'. In any event, when she starts having odd moments when she sees what she thinks is a really ugly girl in the mirror, and when certain events start repeating themselves, she starts to suspect that her whole world is a lie.
Well, I don't want to go into a lot of detail but the mystery here unfolds very logically and Freesia's world(s) end up colliding. Faced with a decision of what exactly constitutes reality, Freesia has to make some very hard choices.
I couldn't put this down. I really wanted to find out exactly what was going on!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought it was a very cute and creative premise about virtual reality about how parents would actually use VR to escape the stress and pressure of raising "difficult... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jaqua Williams
An awesome book about growing up and finding your place in the world. Definitely kept my attention!!! 5 stars for sure!!!Published 21 months ago by Marissa Thompson
Bubble World is utterly bizarre and I loved nearly every word of it! Imagine a world where it's always sunny, warm, and you can do just about anything you want. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Angie
Bubble World by Carol Snow was a little too "worldly" for me. I want to give it a fair shake, though. I think a teen-aged mind better appreciates the plot and characters. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by sunday
I was expecting a fine and fluffy satire on our plastic consumer world, but this was far more. While the trope is far older than the matrix, the virtues and dangers of living in... Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Taryntoo
Freesia is beautiful, popular, school is as fun as a day at the mall, she parties all night and her parents are part BFF and servant to her. Read morePublished on October 21, 2013 by E. B. MULLIGAN
The premise right off the bat seemed to be Scott Westerfeld's "Uglies" book series combined with the Sims video pc game series, which was intriguing but fell flat for me. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Shilom