Willful Machines

Willful Machines

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In this action-packed, high-octane debut, 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 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 150 x 221 x 33mm | 408g
  • English
  • 148143277X
  • 9781481432771
  • 532,857

Review quote

WILLFUL MACHINES is a thought-provoking thrillerwrapped around a fascinating concept--skillfully mixed in with basic humandilemmas. Tim Floreen's tale convincingly depicts a world where machinescan pass as human, but humans still struggle with age-old questions: "Howmuch control do I have over my own life? Who can I dare to trust? Who can Idare to love?"--Margaret Peterson Haddix, New York Times Bestselling Author
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Rating details

2,106 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 28% (582)
4 38% (796)
3 25% (531)
2 7% (153)
1 2% (44)
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