“Knowing that the voice wouldn’t scream to be heard, they made sure that the world stayed loud with music and movies and 24/7 news and incessant online chatter. If they couldn’t silence the whisper, they’d bombard people with other voices. Infinite choices.”
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 life—an 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Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision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 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.
I have always loved the way authors attempt to answer the big questions in society using their ideas and writing them for the world to see. This dystopian book, Free to Fall, answered the question “When having we gone too far relying on technology?” In the book they had a technology called Lux. This technology would keep humans from making their own decisions and relying completely on technology to make their choices. Now, many of us can see the perks of this tech and would not hesitate to buy a Lux. However, others would begin to raise questions such as “What if people are controlling me through this technology?” and “What if I begin to rely so much on Lux that I would forget what it is like to make my own choices?”. The questions are not only valid, but Lauren Miller attempts to take her shot at answering these questions and more like them.
My favorite part of the book was this voice they called the Doubt. The Doubt is the voice in our heads and hearts that tells us right from wrong, and gives us reassurance in times of need. Some of us call it intuition. In the book, the characters have been taught to fear and drown out the Doubt. There are characters in the book that still listen to the voice, but they are few.
Lauren Miller, in my opinion, put a lot of thought, emotion, and hard work to make this book. I loved every second of it. It was real. Oh how I want to write like these amazing authors. They touch a deep chord every time someone does something wrong or something doesn’t go according to plan. It is beautiful and gratifying. So thank you Lauren Miller for giving me this experience.
“Even without Lux, I never would’ve ordered this,” I pointed out. “I hate two of the four ingredients.”
“Ah, but there are seven ingredients. And so what if you hate two of them? The fact that I hate Russian dressing doesn’t diminish my enjoument of a good Reuben sandwich. Ours is amazing, by the way.”
“You don’t know who Nicolas Cage is?” North sounds incredulous. “You need to see National Treasure immediately. I mean, it’s terrible, but since you’re essentially living it, you ought to at least see it.”
“He held the camera out for me to see. It was a women, her sunken eyes looking straight at the camera. ‘I don’t want your money’, her cardboard sign read. ‘Just look at me so I know I exist’. The words and her expression were arresting on their own, but they weren’t what made the photograph so compelling. It was the people in the foreground, the passersby, eyes glued to their phones as they hurried to wherever they were going at lunch, completely oblivious of the women with the sign.”
“I’m not sure,’ I said. ‘I had a pretty bad reaction to a peanut butter cracker when I was three. A woman at my daycare had to use an EpiPen.’
‘Does it freak you out?’ Hershey asked. ‘Knowing that you’re one poor snacking choice away from death?’
I looked at her. Seriously? Who said things like that?”
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