Hardcover, 288 pages

English language

Published Sept. 30, 2004 by NESFA Press.

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3 stars (3 reviews)

From the back cover: Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong and move on to the next job. Everything neat and according to spec, just the way he liked it. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat. Could you just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

Leo Graf adopted 1000 quaddies--now all he had to do was teach them to be free.

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Review of 'Falling Free' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Continuing to stumble my way through Bujold's Vorkosigan saga, this book has none of the characters or locations - but I assure you, it will be related (eventually) :)

Very engineering focused, this book frequently falls back to reveal problem, figure and then reveal solution. Behind the scenes is a revolution, so in both threads it is comparable to [b:The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress|16690|The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress|Robert A. Heinlein|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1348768309l/16690.SY75.jpg|1048525], one of my favorites. This is very well done, but not as good.

The focus is very much on engineer Leo Graf, and perhaps it falls down a little for that. I really wanted to hear more of the Quaddies' side - a thousand of them, but only slightly more than a handful have any lines. The opposition is beyond inept, and irritating besides. Legal aspects could have been interesting, but they were ignored. Anti-mutant feelings …

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