★ "...a socially conscious sci-fi thriller to shelve between The Terminator and Romeo and Juliet." —Kirkus

"Floreen’s thoughtful debut calls into question the definition of humanity and the nature of love." —Publishers Weekly 

"An excellent debut thriller" —School Library Journal

"From start to finish, Floreen builds a world in a future near enough to resonate with teens’ realities. The question of whether machines can possess free will–and if so, what separates man and machine—is thought provoking and handled maturely. Readers will clamor for a sequel." —Booklist

Willful Machines

Tim Floreen
Simon Pulse / 2015

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 the 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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