Book Review: The Free by Willy Vlautin

February 5, 2014

The Free by Willy Vlautin is a fictional book tackling issues facing the modern world. Mr Vlautin is not only a novelist, but a songwriter as well which comes through in the narrative.

The publisher is giving away one copy of this book –to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post.

  • 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062276743

Book Review: The Free by Willy VlautinMy rating for The Free 4
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The Free by Willy Vlautin is difficult to describe, part fiction part science-fiction, the book follows three protagonists throughout a very difficult time in their lives. The protagonists are trapped in bad situations through no fault of their own, they’ve been battered by life, the economy and circumstances.

The book talks about the protagonists’ situation, morality and hopes for a better life even though the odds are tremendously stacked against them. The narrative is honest, open and very realistic.

The three protagonists represent what most people in America go through today. Freedom no longer means freedom from tyrannical governments, but freedom from debt and everyday struggles against American oligarchs whether they are banks or insurance companies.

This book is dark and grim with very little good happening in it, but it is very engaging. The character driven plot makes you care about the three honest folks who happen to find themselves in situations which they cannot escape.

Leroy Kervin is a wounded Iraqi War veteran whose brain has been damaged in an explosion . One day he wakes and discovers the fog has been lifted and he is “free”. However, for Leroy death is a sensible option. While laying in a hospital bed after his suicide attempt Leroy, the sci-fi fan, makes up his own story which centers on him and his girlfriend being hunted down by a group called “The Free” who believe they are unpatriotic.

The man who finds Leroy at the group home after his suicide attempt is Freddie McCall, an honest man, a caring man who works two jobs to be “free” of debt, pay for his daughter’s medical bills and cannot make ends meet even though he used to own his home outright.

Leroy’s nurse, Pauline Hawkins is a nurse who cares for others, but is emotionally scarred. Pauline meets a runaway teenager named Jo who is hanging out with drug attics and will end up dead unless Pauline intervenes.

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  • Give­away ends: February 12, 2014

  • US/Canada Ship­ping Addresses Only

  • No PO Boxes

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked

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TLC Book Tour forThe Free by Willy Vlautin:

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer:I got this book for free fromTLC Book Tours.
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One Comment

  • Heather J @ TLC Book ToursFebruary 7, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    You’ve got me very curious about what is going on in these people’s lives and how it all turns out in the end. Thanks for being on the tour!

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