Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Yes, another dystopian trilogy but this one actually poses some interesting questions and has a middle book that works as a stand-alone (I didn't know it was a series until I looked!).
Maddie's father was a principal at a school and for some reason has created Digital School, now mandated. For some reason (possibly explained in the first book) he feels that staying home, in a room filled with screens and interacting with teachers and other students virtually rather than face-to-face. Maddie, on the other hand, prefers the outdoors, face-to-face conversations and interactions. Hence the conflict between then. She also prefers "real" nightclubs and dancing to sitting in an expensive chair, wearing a Mind Reader and virtual glasses and thinking about dancing and chatting. All that rebellion also ties her to Justin, the leader of the anti-DS movement.
All that was really good - the questions about what limits we should put on technology, how important "real" vs "virtual" is, and what role the government should play in determining how protected and plugged in are. Where this lost ground was in the Detention Center and all the brainwashing that went on. There was a believability gap at times that wasn't easy to bridge.
ARC provided by publisher.