Book Review : Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

September 12, 2014 Book review 4 ★★★★

When I think about this book, the words that immediately come to mind are fast paced and intelligent.   Science versus religion is an age old theme in books but I liked the new angle that Free to Fall took.

Book Review : Free to Fall by Lauren MillerFree to Fall by Lauren Miller
Published by Harper Collins on 13th May 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 480
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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  Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes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

 First Line of Free to Fall by Lauren Miller:

“It came in a plain white envelope, which made both more and less of its significance.”

My Thoughts on Free to Fall by Lauren Miller:

I love numbers nearly as much as I love words.  So I loved the riddles in this book as they took in the Fibonacci series, code hidden in poetry and secret maps.  All things that make me want to fangirl hard.  I love trying to solve the clues before the characters and feel a bit smug when I can.

This wasn’t the only thing I loved though; the boarding school setting is one of my favourite in books and the high-tech lifestyle had me longing for an app that would help me organise my life a bit better.  As someone who is always within hands reach of her iPhone, I could understand the appeal of an app that controls everything.  Not that I would want an app to actually do this but some aspects would be useful.  And as if both of those weren’t enough, there was also a secret society!  Stop, how many great things can you fit into one book!

I found the book fast and furious; it’s like a high-speed chase to the finish.  It reminded me a bit of Da Vinci Code with YA characters and less dramatic religious tones.  It isn’t in any way a copy, it just has a bit of the same vibe going on.  I found the ideas on technology and the direction that it could head in really thought-provoking.  But I’m not giving up my iPhone anytime soon!

I did find as the book was so plot heavy though that the characters suffered a little.  I liked the main character Rory, she was smart and resourceful and knew to keep her guard up around people.  On the other hand, her relationship with North was a bit fast.  She fell for him very quickly without any real basis and it does fall under the insta-love curse.  Also there is a pretty large cast of characters but a lot of them are on the edges of the storyline and we just get brief snippets about them which isn’t enough to form any real attachment to them.

Aside from that issue, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  I loved ducking and diving through all the conspiracy theories and the climax of the book had me reading well past my bedtime and into the early hours.  It was an adventure and a half.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Free to Fall by Lauren Miller:

I’d highly recommend this to all who like boarding school settings, secret societies, lots of high-tech gadgets and to those who love social media.  I think this book will make you pause and reflect.  If you liked Parallel by Lauren Miller or Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund then I think you should also enjoy this one.


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4 Responses to “Book Review : Free to Fall by Lauren Miller”

    • trish

      I know, ditto! I bought this one on the release day and then it sat there unread until last week. It’s hard to make time for all the books even the ones you feel fairly sure that you will love. This was one book I was really looking forward to and it fully lived up to my expectations. Such a fun, fast paced book, I just love it!

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