Free to Fall

Free to Fall

Book - 2014
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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 lifean 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Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision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 shes 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 doesnt use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Luxs 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062199805
0062199803
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION MILLE...L
Characteristics: 472 pages

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 15, 2017

In a foreseeable future, our conscience is replaced with an app called Lux. Every decision that people make, they must first consult with Lux. Whether it’s what kind of drink they should order, or what college they should apply to. The society is brainwashed by this app but the protagonist, Rory, is not as convinced about Lux’s abilities. She begins to hear a voice within her, telling her to make decisions that seem “irrational”. By using her conscience, she learns about the true nature of Gnosis, the company that developed Lux. All in all, the book was…interesting. The concept of this book was what caught my attention. Imagine what life would be like in twenty years. The ending of this book, however, was a bit too rushed.
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeLesley Nov 16, 2016

Creepy premise of an elite group of people who have taken over the brains of the masses through a phone app! It could so happen.

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livieb17
Mar 07, 2015

I loved this book. My sister recommended it to me and I was skeptical about reading it. Now i regret not reading it sooner. I would definitely recommend it to everybody.
It had a totally original plot line. You will LOVE it!! Especially if you are a computer/tech geek. LOL

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samy1
Nov 28, 2014

This book...oh my gosh. I thought it would be, you know, your typical dystopian teen romance (girl meets boy, has to save brainwashed society), but it is so much more than that. It questions the concept of free will, and really looks at what makes us human. This might put some people off, but I think it also has a subtle Christian theme (not just with the Eden reference). This is, hands down, one of the best books I've ever read, and I would definitely recommend it; I'm probably going to buy it...

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Horse_Freak_1712
Nov 28, 2014

THIS IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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stepha89
Jul 12, 2014

Lauren Miller combines a technology conspiracy with questions about free will and trusting oneself to create a thriller whose pages will fly by while making you think.

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emilyswartzer
Jun 05, 2014

I've been looking forward to this one since it was first on goodreads. I mean, a futuristic society with an app that chooses everything you do? It sounded wicked cool. And it delivered. The only reason it got 4 out of 5 stars is one YA cliche that pops up an awful lot: Goody-two-shoes girl falls for bad, tattooed boy. So yeah, it was a minor deduction. Otherwise, it was an amazing read that i would gladly pick up again!

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livieb17
Mar 07, 2015

Coarse Language: Some swearing

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livieb17
Mar 07, 2015

Violence: A little bit. Barely noticable

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stepha89
Jul 12, 2014

Other: Roofies involved in a couple scenes and alluded to in a couple others.

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stepha89
Jul 12, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A couple of emotionally intense death scenes.

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stepha89
Jul 12, 2014

Sexual Content: Allusions to teen sex and pregnancy.

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livieb17
Mar 07, 2015

livieb17 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jul 12, 2014

stepha89 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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