Willful Machines

“Artificial consciousness looks inevitable, Lee,” Bex said. “So the only question is: How are we going to treat these machines when they come into being?”

Title: Willful Machines

Author: Tim Floreen

Series: Standalone

Publication: October 20th 2015 by Simon Pulse

Pages: 370

Source: Publisher at ALA Annual

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

Dang flabbit. I HATE IT WHEN THIS HAPPENS! It’s time for the unpopular opinion monster to pop out again.

So, Willful Machines – let me tell you, it took all of my damn willpower to get as far as I did. I don’t think I have ever been so annoyed with a main character in the first chapter alone. Lee… goodness gracious, I wanted to strangle him. I am so sick of these “woe is me” characters. Not only that, but insta-love. Curse thee, insta-love. I couldn’t handle it – I really couldn’t. Guys… I tried and I only made it through the first five chapters before I decided I’d had enough.

I really wanted to like it! Like I said, I seem to have the unpopular opinion on this book – but it is my opinion all the same.

This is really frustrating, I seem to be stuck in some sort of cycle where I am surrounded with disappointing books and then I suddenly am gifted with a gem. This is not that gem, but the start of another cycle. The premise was good, the opening was strong – but that was it. The world is flat, the character’s one dimensional and stereotypical tropes (sassy, goth girl friend. Shy in the closet gay guy. Mysterious and sexy new kid. Absentee parent).  But, none of it was done well. The development just wasn’t there, and neither was the writing. It just wasn’t believable enough – especially considering that this is somewhere in our near future and set in the very real United States. Even Game of Thrones has a certain believably to the world – and Willfull Machines lacked it.

So upsetting! I can’t even think of what to say about this book to make it even a possible buying option. I mean, if you can’t tell by the horribly short review I’m writing – it simply isn’t worth the trouble.

Final judgment?


5 thoughts on “Willful Machines

    • Exactly : / I mean, I love Shakespeare – I just hate it when it’s used as a way to add drama or ‘character’ to a character. I was so upset : ( I really wanted to like it, I’d heard such amazing things!


      • It’s a shame. I agree. But nobody goes around quoting Shakespeare all the time. I studied Literature for 3 years. I did a Shakespeare module. If any of those people really existed I think I would have found them. Even the adults in my life don’t do it. They mostly just quote Airplane (stupid but hilarious movie from the 80s.)

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