Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

Author: Lauren Miller
Series: None
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi/Dystopian, Romance
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Format: ARC
My Rating: 3 Stars
Summary 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Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision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 Thoughts

I started reading Free to Fall all the way back in January, but I put it down because I just couldn't do it. I finally picked it back up sometime in the Spring and managed to read the rest of it. I honestly don't remember most of the plot by now, but it wasn't very memorable for me in the first place.

The Plot: The book starts out with the main character Rory, who lives in a world where all your decisions are made for you by an new app called Lux. The app basically rules your life and everyone in the society believes that without it, life can't exist. After getting accepted to this prestigious school, Rory suddenly finds herself questioning the world around her, more importantly the use of Lux and the voice inside of her head (aka her conscience). Rory is forced to discover the truth behind their technology after finding herself tangled in a secret society on campus that might prove to be deadly. At the same time she has to save her best friend who went from being anti-Lux to obsessed like the rest of the people. The idea behind Free to Fall was really good, and it had a strong premise but it just didn't hook me. The beginning was really slow, and it finally picked up about 60% of the way. The last part was actually really fast paced because obviously everything happened in that part.

The Characters: I honestly did not connect to any of the characters. I certainly didn't hate them or anything, I just didn't feel for them. Rory also had some really weird revelations at random times which confused me, but I just went with it. The relationship between North and Rory was also kind of rushed. They had a few conversations and all then all of a sudden they were together, and I was just like "Wait, what? When did this happen? O.o" 

I was going through a slight reading slump at this time though, so I may reread it sometime and see if my opinions change. But overall, Free to Fall definitely had the potential to be a really good book, but it just wasn't for me.

Lauren Miller

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Lauren Miller wrote Parallel while on maternity leave from her law firm job and blogged about it, an experiment she called "embracing the detour" (also the name of her blog). Many people told her she was crazy. When she realized they were right, she told no one and kept writing. Her second novel, Free to Fall, will be out from HarperTeen on May 13th. Born in NYC and raised in Atlanta, Lauren now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

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