Free to Fall

Free to Fall

by Lauren Miller


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From the author of Parallel comes a high-stakes romantic puzzler set in a near-future where everyone's life is seamlessly orchestrated by personal electronic devices. Imaginative and thrilling, this fast-paced story with two starred reviews is not to be missed.

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062199805
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Miller is an entertainment lawyer and television writer. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.

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Free to Fall 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jenniferstrand More than 1 year ago
It's as if Lauren Miller went digging around in my head and came up with a story that contains all the things I love. A main character who is smart, likeable, kick-ass and female? BAM. Hey, you want some mystery? GOTCHA COVERED. How about a good guy to swoon over? HERE YOU GO. Oh, you want a futuristic story line that feels a little too close to home? VOILA. Which is to say...there's a little bit of everything in this story. When this book landed on my doorstop, I couldn't believe how big it was. FREE TO FALL weighs in at close to 500 pages! A bit daunting, right? And you know what? You'll wish there were more. The pacing of this story is so darn good that you won't even notice how many pages you've zoomed through (or the fact that you've stayed up waaaay past your bedtime to read just one last chapter. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about.) You're going to love Rory and North. That's going to be a given. Watch those secondary characters, though. This complex story will have you theorizing and convinced that THINGS will go one way and suddenly you'll realize you've fallen prey to believing something that's just not true. Oh, the twists. I likey.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Free to Fall' is a thrilling and unique young adult dystopian novel that will definitely have readers begging for more. The story follows our teenage heroine, Rory Vaughn, as she lives a normal teenage life in a future world. Not much has changed - technology is huge, everyone is attached to their tablets and phones - posting to the Forum, which is basically like Twitter. There are some awesome new technologies - like holographic wallpaper that you can change and an app - Lux - that basically tells you what to do in every situation you encounter, based on the optimal results. Everyone trusts Lux for decisions, including Rory, until she is accepted into the prestigious Theden Academy. Rory begins to notice strange things that don't add up and that might have something to do with her dead mother. She also meets North - a guy who is offline from Lux and the other new technologies - who challenges her to trust her own instincts rather than an app. What Rory and North discover changes everything they thought they knew about their world as long as some other truths that might have been better left hidden. I loved this book - every aspect of it. The dystopian future described in the story is eerily similar to our own - which makes it feel like it could really happen, which is even creepier (except for some of the cool technology). The characters were interesting and well rounded, especially Rory and North. Rory was a great main character who started out like everyone else - basically a sheep of society - but gradually broke apart and saw things for what they were. Her characters definitely matures and grows throughout the story and she shows great personality traits like intelligence, determination, and perseverance. North was a great complement to Rory's character - he was able to break through what society had trained her to believe and to trust in herself and her instincts. I liked watching their interactions grow into friendship and beyond. The plot was fantastic - like I mentioned, the story isn't so far-fetched that it's unbelievable like some dystopians. This feels like it could actually happen in the not so distant future. I think that aspect made it all the more intense for me - it made me stop and think about our own society. The story was fast paced and had a natural flow that sucked me right in from the beginning. The author's writing style was superb - she was able to capture the characters and this strange future in a way that felt like I was there myself throughout the story. I loved reading about the differences in our cultures - like I mentioned, there's some seriously cool technology in there. I can't say enough good things about this book. It has something for everyone - action, science fiction, adventure, thriller, mystery, romance, dystopian - it seriously breaks genre labels. I highly recommend this book to fans of science fiction and dystopias, as well as those who want a fantastic read that makes you step back and think about our own society. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A suspenseful book! So glad I bought it! Loved it,
16yearoldbookgirl More than 1 year ago
Loved It! If you liked Parallel, you'll probably like this too. Once again the author sets up a cool plot, but you're like 'where is this going?'. I was worried, just like in Parallel, it was gonna be a cool idea not executed correctly, but it was done perfectly! This futuristic world makes you want to keep reading even when you're done! 
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
   I wanted to read this one because I read Parallel by Lauren Miller and really enjoyed. Even if she wasn't an author I had previously read, I would have still picked it up. I like the ideas of fate and destiny and if something can change it. With this app that will help you make the best decisions, what is driving that? Best decisions for who? I wanted to know what was going on at the school, and the uncertainty and then breaking away from it that Aurora (Rory) seems to have in the synopsis seemed like something that I could really relate to.     I am glad that the story starts before she's at Theden. We get a glimpse of the life that has shaped her. A mother who died when she was a baby, a dad and stepmother, being obsessed with school, grades, and having her life just so. But I also like that she was drawn to Beck, the free spirit, who still hears his conscious, which meds and meditation has labeled The Doubt--when your brain makes you doubt perfectly reasonable things. He is a photographer, and has been her best friend.     It was neat and different at Theden at first, with Rory rooming with a girl from her high school that she hadn't really even talked to before, who disappears in the middle of the night and acts like they are besties. Their adviser has these pods that does simulations and it puts them in the middle of dramatic situations and sees what they'll do. Their relationship throughout this one really surprised me. I didn't think there was much depth to Hershey, and at times she surprises me both way. Also, the part that Dr. Tarsus, their adviser, plays in this one reminded me of another famous teacher and student situation and dynamics.      With secret societies, lies and mysteries from Rory's past, Free to Fall takes us on a wild ride. Rory has to figure out who is with her, who is clueless, and who is working behind the scenes and realize what about Lux and Gnosis is more than it seems. Some of it wasn't expected and others I could guess about halfway through.       I liked the romance. There was automatic chemistry and tension and I liked North, that he was different and that he challenged Rory to think for herself and open her eyes to things around her. North had so many mysteries and at times I even began to mistrust him, but the circumstances ended up only making me like and respect him even more. I think that he and Rory are good for each other. He is smart and though it seems like he is classes below her, there is definitely more under the surface and he can keep her on her toes academically as well as with real life matters.      The ending wrapped things up well for me, and I was pleased with the depth of the plot and how things unfolded.  The setting, the tech, the romance and the plot were all excellent and entertaining.  Bottom Line: Smart and easy to root for heroine. 
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