Willful Machines

Willful Machines

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The closeted son of an ultra-conservative president must keep a budding romance secret from his father while protecting himself from a sentient computer program that's terrorizing the United States--and has zeroed in on him as its next target--in this "socially conscious sci-fi thriller to shelve between The Terminator and Romeo and Juliet " ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review).

In the near future, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public.

Charlotte's attacks have everyone on high alert--everyone except Lee Fisher, the closeted son of the US president. Lee has other things to worry about, like keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his crush on Nico, the eccentric, Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. And keeping Nico from finding out about his recent suicide attempt. And keeping himself from freaking out about all his secrets.

But when attacks start happening at his school, Lee realizes he's Charlotte's next target. Even worse, Nico may be part of Charlotte's plan too.

As Lee races to save himself, uncover Charlotte's plan, and figure out if he can trust Nico, he comes to a whole new understanding of what it means to be alive...and what makes life worth living.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2015.
ISBN: 9781481432788
9781481432771
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Flore
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 22 cm

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AL_KATHRYNR Nov 18, 2016

Though the overt premise is a sci-fi, this book is an insightful, deep investigation of what it is like to be closeted and dealing with mental health issues in a conservative community. Well written and clever, this book is a must read for the current times.

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joelbutler
Dec 17, 2015

So your father is the president of the United States and he's battling an Artificial Intelligence terrorist by enforcing conservative values and it just so happens that you are in the closet. Now a new transfer student has made you weak in the knees and you have to sneak pass your security detail just to meet up but there is also something going seriously wrong with the robots you make to relax.

This debut novel has a few implausible moments but overall is a fun read.

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Jan 02, 2016

wickedivine thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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