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Gr 9 Up—When Rory Vaughn, 16, gets accepted to a prestigious boarding school, she's elated. Even Lux, her decision-making app, tells her that Theden Academy is the best way to assure her perfect future. Yet, within her first few days there, Rory finds so much more than what she'd expected on the surface, and inconsistencies about her own birth lead the teen to question her own past, present, and vision for the future. With friends and teachers who encourage her to follow the illustrious path of Theden alums, she wonders why she finds herself so drawn to the rebellious hacker North and his outsider, anti-Lux lifestyle? As more secrets of the past are uncovered, Rory begins to wonder if the same covert group that may have caused her mother's death could now be after her. Miller's science fiction—based romantic thriller takes on social commentary about teens consulting technology for every aspect of their lives. Engaging and thought-provoking, Free to Fall should appeal to a variety of readers with its blend of action, secrecy, and romance, and it provides excellent discussion opportunities.—Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MA

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Rory is thrilled when she is accepted at Theden Academy, the most prestigious school in the country. Her mother had gone there, but she left before graduation and died in childbirth less than a year later. Theden promises their students exceptional futures, but within the elite circle is an even smaller, more prestigious group, for which Rory is tapped. As she becomes more immersed in her new life, Rory realizes her mother has left clues to protect her from things that aren’t as they seem. Miller has created intricate societies within and outside Theden. Now, people are tethered to a device called Lux that makes many of their decisions. Also discouraged is listening to gut feelings, renamed the Doubt. A relationship with a hacker, North, allows Rory to delve deep into the real purpose behind Lux, Theden Academy, and the intended impact on individual lives. Miller smartly doesn’t exchange strong, involving characters for nonstop action—there’s plenty of both. Readers may not quite understand every technical detail, but they’ll be thoroughly caught up in the romance and the story’s very high stakes. Grades 8-12. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062199803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062199805
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Rogers ClarkIV on November 28, 2014
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Rory Vaughn never knew her mother who died shortly after having the C-section that brought Rory into the world. Now sixteen years later, in a world where handheld devices are pretty much running everyone's life, thanks to an app called Lux, she's been accepted at Theban Academy in Massachusetts, all the way across the country from her home in Seattle. When her dad learns she's been accepted, he gives her a letter and a necklace her dead mother left with instructions for her to receive them if she was ever accepted at the school.
Things begin to speed up and get pretty complicated once she's on her way. Another girl from her school, Hershey, was also accepted and although they have nothing in common, the girls end up as roommates. Rory learns that her mother went to the same school, but dropped out just before graduating and reappeared in her dad's life, convincing him to marry her. She also runs into a mysterious guy, North, whose arms are covered with tattoos at a coffeehouse in the town just off campus. Initially a bit put off by his appearance, it isn't long before she realizes there's considerable attraction between them.
Good thing there is, because there are strange goings on at school. After years of not hearing the inner voice referred to as The Doubt, Rory hears it in her first class, Plato Practicum, taught by a woman who seems to have it in for her. It isn't long before Rory realizes that what she believed about her mom wasn't entirely correct, but when she and North begin digging, she finds reports altered or erased. Her roommate's behavior becomes quite suspicious and Rory is invited to be considered for a super secret society that may have a long ago connection to her mom.
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By Christine on October 20, 2014
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In Free to Fall by Lauren Miller, Rory is accepted to one of the most, if not the most prestigous boarding schools in the country. Acceptance to Theden Academy guarantees a life of wealth. You automatically get a full ride scholarship to any college you want, a Fortune 500 company executive position, etc. Acceptance into this school means your life is going to perfect, or so Rory thought. Theden Academy isn’t all it seems and hanging out with a mohawked, tattooed barista just turns her world upside down. Everything she thought she knew isn’t exactly the truth, and unfortunately, the truth can kill you.

This book was so good! It freaked me out, if we’re being completely honest. This Lux app can make any and every choice for you. It learns your habits, it learns your personality, it learns what’s good and not good for you. Ask it any question that you need help answering, it’ll do it for you. Not sure if your current boyfriend is right for you? No problem, Lux can compare your personality chart to theirs that is stored on this nationwide database and let you know the results. IT’S FREAKY. And if you don’t think so, we probably can’t be friends. And honestly, you’re one of the ones that has Rory worried about. There comes a point where you completely give up your life to Lux and your handheld and at that point, there is no return.

What was even more realistic and terrifying about this novel is that Lux is an app designed for the world’s most popular brand of phone, Gnosis. New phones are released every year that claim to be even better. There are press conferences to reveal what the new “it” gadget is going to look like, and everyone tunes in. Does this not sound exactly like Apple?! Lauren Miller, you win. (This is why I’m SO team android, people!
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'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.
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