Free to Fall

Free to Fall

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Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes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

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 473 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 38.1mm | 294.83g
  • Harper Teen
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062199811
  • 9780062199812
  • 310,023

Review quote

Miller (Parallel) offers an intricately plotted, intellectually rich thriller that will please a range of readers, from those searching for a page-turner to those wishing to thoroughly engage the mind.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Rory Vaughn: a brainy sixteen-year-old who has always felt like an outsider, although she can't put her finger on a reason why. When she is accepted into an elite boarding school, she believes she's finally found a place where she belongs.

Theden Academy: the only high school of its kind, Theden is an intense two-year liberal arts program for the strong willed and highly gifted. But behind its polished exterior lurk dark secrets--including ones about Rory's own past.

North Pascal: a handsome, tattooed, coffee barista townie who knows as much about philosophy as Rory's classmates. He was banned from Theden's campus for breaking and entering. This isn't North's only secret.

Lux: the decision-making app that everyone uses. No longer caught up in the details of their everyday lives--all those endless decisions!--people are free to just enjoy themselves.

The Doubt: the colloquial name for the "whisper within" that children hear but adults are taught to ignore.
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Rating details

4,970 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 32% (1,612)
4 41% (2,039)
3 20% (1,000)
2 5% (235)
1 2% (84)
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