Waiting on Wednesday: “Willful Machines” by Tim Floreen


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There are a lot of upcoming books that I’m really excited about… in the next week we’ll get new books from T.J. Klune (How To Be A Normal Person, an ace m/m romance), J.A. Rock (Minotaur, a lesbian YA novel), A.M. Arthur (The World As He Sees It, m/m romance, review coming tomorrow), and more. In fact, the next week is so over-flowing with new releases in my planner that I had to add post-it notes to make more writing space!

One of these books is Willful Machines, by Tim Floreen (Simon Pulse, October 20, pre-order on Amazon). And I can’t wait to read it!


I was sitting in a Simon & Schuster panel at Comic Con this past July when I first heard about this book. It’s an LGBT+ novel, young adult, and set in a futuristic America where a rogue AI threatens the nation? TAKE ALL OF MY MONEY!

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.

Sounds amazing, right?

Kirkus Reviews gave it a STARRED review, saying it’s “a socially conscious sci-fi thriller to shelve between The Terminator and Romeo and Juliet.”

I love science fiction thrillers, and I love the rogue AI plot, and I love awkward boys falling in love, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love this entire book. I WISH I COULD GET MY HANDS ON IT RIGHT NOW!

(If anyone from Simon Pulse reads this, feel free to throw a review copy my way? :D)

Now, the one thing I can’t find is an excerpt from the novel, but the early praise and intriguing summary have my attention, and the ladies on the S&S panel at SDCC did a great job of promoting it, so I’m going to be sitting in anticipation until October 20!

What upcoming books are you looking forward to?

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