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Free to Fall

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Thought-provoking mystery explores free will and technology.

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With FREE TO FALL, Lauren Miller has created an intriguing mystery that adeptly gets kids thinking about the role technology plays, and should play, in their lives. She uses the classic Milton poem Paradise Lost as a catalyst and key for the heroine to uncover her past and to save us from a mindless future in which not only are we incapable of making decisions for ourselves but also we don't even want to make them. Milton's big ideas are adroitly presented and easy for kids to understand without them being dumbed down.

This is thanks largely to the relatable heroine, Rory, whose believable voice will have kids admiring the academic achievement, logic, and critical thinking that Rory uses to solve problems. She's also emotionally accessible for teens as she struggles with a lot of the same issues of friendship, love, and life choices they face. Refreshingly, it's also a satisfying one-off, without an open ending that creates blatant hopes of future installments. Free to Fall stands every bit as much on its own as Rory does when she's free to decide her own fate.

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