Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Book Review | Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Free to Fall

Author: Lauren Miller 
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Number: 496
Genre: Dystopian
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness?

What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision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.

My Review:
Free to Fall was at my local library. I don't know what made me pick it up, maybe it was the face, but boy oh boy, was it good.
I read it EVERYWHERE. At the grocery store, during class, and even in the shower, I think!
Let's get into the good parts.
Free to Fall wasn't a unique dystopian, but it was more scientific. I really hate it when in dystopians, they don't explain things in the very last book in the trilogy. Free to Fall is a standalone. I know, can you believe that? They make standalone dystopians now?! But instead of shoving a bunch of sciency things to you at the end, Miller sprinkles clues in the pages, really making you think what you are reading. Oh, and the plot twist. I didn't see that coming, but if you did read it carefully enough, you'd probably see them. It's not that Miller makes it obvious that it's coming, she just drops bits of info, just to make you wonder.

The characters weren't the strongest point in this novel, I'll admit, however, I did somewhat enjoy them.

I really loved the relationship that was developed between Rory and her friend, Hershey. I was glad that instead of having the main relationship be a romance, Miller actually put a romance and one - no, two friendships, which was very important in this book. The romance was a bit iffy for me, but it wasn't the majority of the novel, which was good.

The pacing in the beginning was slow, pretty slow. The ending though. The ending made up for it.
Holy schist, the ending. Wow. That was probably the best dystopian ending ever.
Final thoughts: Free to Fall was a entertaining dystopian that I would recommend for fans of Legend or Divergent. It's certainly one of my favorites now!

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