Title: Free to Fall
Author: Lauren Miller
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision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.
Aurora "Rory" Vaugn is born in the generation where the technology is very high tech. It is so high tech in fact, that there exists a decision-making app called Lux that everyone trusts and relies on to get through every day life. It is the year 2030, and Rory gets accepted into a prestigious prep school called Theden where only the smartest of the smart gets in, and she is ecstatic about it. When she arrives, however, she finds out that there is more to Theden and her teachers than what meets the eye, and what she finds out is not necessarily a positive thing.
In this compelling novel, Lauren Miller has restored my faith in the Dystopian genre. She constructed the elaborate mystery of his book with fine-detailed twists and turns that came off very well in the end. It is so well-written and well thought of that I couldn't help but fall in love with the story. It kept me guessing and amused, and I breezed through the novel despite my busy school schedule.
Being afraid of the dystopian genre, I was skeptic of reading this at first, but was very interested in Lux that I couldn't help but join the blog tour. It was a good decision on my part because of how good the book turned out to be. For a dystopian novel, this is no so far-fetched from what could possibly happen with our technology that it really piqued my interest. Twenty years from now, the situation in this novel may be the truth, because we already have a similar app (Siri), and technology just keeps on upgrading!
Free to Fall is not just simply a dystopian novel with an added mystery to it. It has an elaborate mystery with just the right hint of romance, friendship and family, and I couldn't help but love it! I definitely recommend this one, especially for those beginners in the dystopian genre because this book is not so far fetched as most of the dystopian novels are.
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Labels: 4.5 Stars, ARC Review, Blog Tour, Dystopia, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult