Free to Fall, by Lauren Miller Publication: May 13, 2014, by HarperTeen Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Science-Fiction Pages: 469 Format: Paperback Source: Borrowed Rating:
Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results.
Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school.
Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.
I admit that I was hesitant to read this book. After disliking Miller’s Parallel, I didn’t think that I’d ever go for another book by her in the future. But then, the great big concept which Free to Fall shared enchanted me, and I knew that I needed to read this dystopian read. And trust me, you need to, too. There’s just no getting by in life without reading it if you’re a big dystopian lover, as I am proud to call myself.
This novel literally stunned me. It takes you into a modernized future where it seems that this could definitely occur in reality, in a few decades or so. It focuses on a perspective of a talented and highly intelligent teenager named Rory who lives with a family with tons of secrets that were never told to her. She’s been living a life out of a lie, and this is all about her trying to go out in her boarding school and discover the truth behind basically everything.
And the technology used and described seems so cool, but life shattering at the same time. But I bet that sociologists should definitely research this, because the device that every human uses in this book can seriously ruin communicating and socializing. It’s called “Lux,” and Rory, our protagonist, is a person who is definitely against it when we get to the end. How can you live life when a little device solves all of your issues for you—tells you what to eat, how much of it, where to go, why to go, everything. I’m kind of scared for the future now that I think about it.
Reasons Why You’ll Adore Everything About Free to Fall:
1. Miller’s Writing: The story is so enticing from the first chapter to the last. It’s a thicker novel that uses stellar language and plot twists to surely captivate readers. And the ending? That’s something I just can’t get out my head.
2. Rory, The Protagonist: I find it pretty difficult to find a great protagonist who has just the right attitude. Rory, thankfully, had that. She’s so cool!
3. THE ROMANCE: Bad boy, goody-two-shoes chick? That’s the cutest romance that I’ve seen in a loooong time. And it’s cute because it all seemed to work out from the start.
4. Everything In-Between: There simply was a right amount of everything, but not something that’ll equal a 5 star rating, either. THE DETAILS, SIDE CHARACTERS AND A LOT OF THE THINGS WERE LOVELY AND MEMORABLE!
Free to Fall has everything that a dystopian novel found in YA has to offer: a gorgeous cover, enduring writing, fabulous characters and a spectacular ending that’ll leave your jaw dropping. I’ll gladly read anything else that this magnificent author writes, because it’s my kind of thing. I don’t need some steampunk, stereotypical sci-fi story that’ll have me confused, you know?
if you enjoy dystopian fiction as i do, what do you like in those stories? what do you dislike? do you have a favourite writer? i can’t think of one from the top of my head, that’s for sure.
11 thoughts on “Free to Fall by Lauren Miller // Dystopian Kickassness”
Hi! I discovered your blog through your Twitter feed! Thank you so much for introducing me to great reads! I have been thinking about reading more often, as I do not have many hobbies that really interest me. (Sports aren’t my thing!)
Anywho, I’m a new follower! Free to Fall sounds so intriguing. I watched the Divergent movie last year and really liked the concept of dystopia. This seems like a book I could start with!
THAT DAVE FRANCO GIF THOUGH. ❤ Thank you so much for this review!
Hi Ashley! Thank you so much for checking Michelle and I out! Blogging could definitely be the thing for you! I love the experience so far (I’m a newbie actually!) and this seems perfect for anyone who would enjoy reading!
OKAY THIS IS AS GOOD AS DIVERGENT. You will love this! 😀 It’s so nice to meet you!
Ooooh! Hey Sam! I LOVE DYSTOPIAN FICTION. I just borrowed Lauren Miller’s first book from my school library, Parallel, which LOOKS SO GOOD. I am very curious to see how this one will stem out! It seems like you really enjoyed it! I love Veronica Roth’s writing, definitely. :O
Hi Lucy! GREAT, I love dystopia too! Michelle told me about her experience with Parallel, and she said it wasn’t too great… no mean to bring your expectations down, though! Woo again for Veronica Roth! You, Ashley and I should all have a big chat! I hope you enjoy Parallel!
DYSTOPIAN? I’M IN. It seems like everyone in this comment thread is interested in the subject genre, even though you don’t seem to like the genre too much. I LOVE THE COVER TOO! Ally Condie’s Matched series is good if you’re into the genre but with an unique twist!
Woo! Dystopian is great, yeah, but I’m not the BIGGEST fan out there. I LOVED MATCHED and so did Michelle! We should definitely rave about it sometime together!
I love that title! “Free to Fall…” Parallel also sounds great too! Thanks for bringing this one up! Lovely review!
Woo hoo! Thanks, Mia! I hope you’re convinced to read Lauren Miller’s fabulous writing in the near future!
Love the sound of this one! My favourite dystopian writer is George R.R. Martin, actually! 🙂
Ahhh Game of Thrones! I have yet to read that interesting series! It looks so intriguing! Thanks for your insight, Emma!
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