Freefall by Joshua David Bellin | Review

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Freefall by Joshua David Bellin | ReviewFreefall by Joshua David Bellin
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on September 26, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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In the Upperworld, the privileged 1% are getting ready to abandon a devastated planet Earth. And Cam can’t wait to leave. After sleeping through a 1,000-year journey, he and his friends will have a pristine new planet to colonize. And no more worries about the Lowerworld and its 99% of rejects.

Then Cam sees a banned video feed of protesters in the Lowerworld who also want a chance at a new life. And he sees a girl with golden eyes who seems to be gazing straight though the feed directly at him. A girl he has to find. Sofie.

When Cam finds Sofie, she opens his eyes to the unfairness of what’s happening in their world, and Cam joins her cause for Lowerworld rights. He also falls hard for Sofie. But Sofie has her own battles to fight, and when it’s time to board the spaceships, Cam is alone.
Waking up 1,000 years in the future, Cam discovers that he and his shipmates are far off-course, trapped on an unknown and hostile planet. Who has sabotaged their ship? And does it have anything to do with Sofie, and the choices—and the enemies—he made in the past?

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As soon as I heard about Freefall, I knew that it was a book I’d be interested in. I love books that take place in space, nonetheless on spaceships.

However, I found that I had heard a story like this one before, so it seemed a little bit like deja vu a lot of the time with the movie Passenger.

I’m sure if I hadn’t seen and loved that movie so much, I would’ve enjoyed this book a little more. Only the beginning had some Passenger-esque feels… that’s where the connections stopped, so that’s a good thing!

One thing I liked about this book was the year changes. There were flashbacks to Earth and then present scenes as well. It was a great way to weave in Cam’s history on Earth and what it was like before he boarded the ship.

I really liked learning about all the training he had to endure before boarding the ship, which was mentioned in the very beginning.   

I liked the idea of the Upperworld and the Lowerworld, and of course I liked Sofie. She opened Cam’s eyes to what is really happening to the rest of the people if they aren’t in the top 1%. I loved that the book was a very politically-rich book in that sense.   

Despite all that, I felt that there wasn’t anything super special about Freefall. Sure, I enjoyed it a lot, but nothing spectacular really stood out to me, which is why I’m giving it three stars.

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  1. This loses me at the insta-connection he feels to a girl he sees on a video, to be honest. I like the sound of it otherwise, but that bit makes me roll my eyes a bit!

  2. I just requested this on Netgalley the other day! It seems too late though, so I wouldn't be surprised if my request was denied. XD I am a sucker for books set in space, just like you! I actually really didn't like Passengers though, except for the beginning. I'm glad to hear the whole entire book isn't reminiscent of Passengers then. 🙂

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