Title: Free to Fall
Author: Lauren Miller
Pub Date: 2014
My Rating: ★★★★☆
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Free to Fall is such a fun read! I was instantly hooked on the idea of a world where people can use an app to make the best decisions for them. It was so seemingly cool and scary at the same time.
Our main character is Rory, who dreams of attending a prestigious Theden school. When she gets accepted her father gifts her a necklace that her mother left for her before she died. With this gift, her father also reveals that Rory’s mother also attended Theden school.
First days in school, together with her new roommate she meets North, barista and a local cafe, who instantly makes fun of her dependence on Lux, the app that can make all the decisions for you. When we first meet North, I was a bit put off by his attitude. He was against the mainstream usage of Lux seemingly without any reason. The usage of Lux was normalized and took over the world, so sarcastic attitude towards it seemed off, and I didn’t like it. He had his chosen lifestyle and Rory had her, and I felt like he was feeling superior to other people who use Lux to make decisions. His overall attitude is condescending, but Rory likes him anyway and a romance quickly flourishes. Too quickly for my liking. Everything is way too intense way to quickly, and the words of love and sacrifice for others cause are declared after only a few meetings. The author also falls into common tropes of wealth girl, who gets into prestigious school because of her wealth, uses makeup, flirts and is a total opposite of our main character, who is not rich and slightly self-conscious about her body.
However, all this was quickly overshadowed by an amazing intrigue. Rory bit by bit finds out more about her mother’s history and is on her way to find out a disturbing truth behind the app Lux. The story is fascinating and fast-paced. I was hooked on the story and it was hard to put down.
The story of a society addicted to their devices and being dependent on an app to make any decision in their life is a scary vision and not something that is absolutely unimaginable. We are more and more dependent on the contact access to the internet with its unending supply of information and entertainment. It’s only a matter of time before some company attempts to ‘ease’ our life from the burden of making decisions. Hopefully, it will not turn out like in the book.