I really did try to love Free to Fall. I ended up reading the last few pages after getting almost 200 pages in. The ending ended a little weird. I can’t say much about it since it would be a major spoiler.
The beginning of this one is very slow, like molasses slow. It has a great plot, but the author needed to pick up the pace as far as I'm concerned.
The ending did speed way up. Unlike a lot of movies and books where the truth comes out and then the world freaks out and it takes years to get back to a normal situation this book only takes a few months as it is only covering one year in the life of our heroine Rory. A lot of this book was very predictable and I think that that really made the story feel even slower.
The characters were great. Rory was the normal clueless teenager who is always in the background. Her friend Beck is the one who doesn't really use tech all that much. And then you have the all out there Hershey. I have to say that I LOVE her name. Then you have North the under the radar barista. We all know that something is up with him.
Go into this one knowing that right past 200 pages that nothing is really going on. Also know that the ending is pretty much wrapped up in a nice little package in a nice neat bow.
For me this was a 3 star read.
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Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes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.