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Probably a bit more at some point when it's not 3 am, but don't leave this off your list this year. It's terrific. THERE HAD BETTER BE A SEQUEL ...more
BUT I LOVED THE BEGINNING SO MUCH SO I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO HERE. Maybe just cry. Give a vague pterodactyl screech too, perhaps. (Okay it wasn't THAT bad. But I wanted closure!! Ahh!!)
L I K E S
Wasn't sure what to expect going in. Ended up really enjoying it.
Lee Fisher is a pretty typical nerdy teen. But his life is not an easy one. First, he's enrolled in an elite boarding school full of the future leaders of the world. His father is the current, ultra-conservative President of the United States of America and is currently fighting a war against a terrorist AI.named Charlotte. To make matters worse, Lee is gay. As you can imagine, he's in the closet, deep-deep in the closet. But when
I can't wait for everyone to read it. ...more
What I liked:
• Honestly, what really drew me to the book was that it has a gay main character (and a central gay romance). Lately I've b ...more
A solid 5 stars from me! A more detailed review up tomorrow, but let me quickly point out some of my observations.
1. Lee is gay, which is lovely as we need more LGBT protagonists in the YA genre.
2. The writing superbly evokes an unsettling atmosphere.
3. Okay basically I want to hug Lee for the rest of my life and tell him everything will be okay while feeding him good food and buying all the mechanical parts that exist in the world.
4. Same goes for Nico, my poor baby, but he ...more
Well, this is frustrating. I love the concept and story of this book. Robots-with-feelings is seriously one of my favorite tropes of all time. And honestly, brace yourselves fellow goodreaders, I genuinely don't have a problem with insta-love. When it's written well, that is. If a writer is able to make you believe that two people have fallen deeply, desperately, life-alteringly in love in a very short amount of time or even instantaneously, then they've done their job as a storyteller. The ...more
I've never been good at waiting to review a book, especially one I'm excited for. So, once I was approved for this, you bet your ass I read it. I wasn't sure exactly what I was getting into when I started, in fact the only thing I really knew about it was that it was a sci-fi LGBT novel. That in its self is grounds for excitement, but after reading Willful Machines in its entirety, I should have been eons more excited, as should everyone who intends ...more
THIS WAS A HUNDRED MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN I WAS EVER EXPECTING I LOVED THIS SO FUCKING MUCH AND ILL BE WRITING A WHOLE REVIEW AFTER I GO TAKE MY GODDAMN MATH FINAL AHHH.
Ok let's start this. Many people may be wondering; "Kate, you hate YA, why the heck did u like this book so much?" Basically, besides being YA and having characters a bit too young for me to relate to anymore, and a couple stereotypical YA tropes, this novel tic ...more
4.5 stars This needs another book!
So, first, two things:
It has a lot of philosophical things that make you think about the line between human and machine. (Though machines are far from being advanced as the one depicted in the book, they may be one day.)
All of the characters are really likeable and have great back stories including the 'villians'.
Overall, a very good book. It had a lot of action but good character development and plot. Again, it needs another book! ...more
Willful Machines builds and showcases a fascinating world filled with technology, robots, and sabotage. A world being terrorized by an artificial human who escaped her creators. Throw in two adorable boys and well….you get my full attention. :D
When Lee Fisher, our blushing, brainy robotics wiz, meets Nico, the new boy at school, all kinds of sparks and trouble shake loose. You see Lee is the U.S. President’s son and apparent target of Charlotte, the A.I. threat. When Lee is attacked, questions a ...more
i liked the idea of this book because i am a sucker for AI and robots stuff and I go pretty much crazy when it's evil AI and robots stuff. It also featured a cute gay couple (where one teenager is closeted
The mystery is OK here, plot tw ...more
'’[…] My question is this: How are human beings any different? My dad’s always talking about how 2Bs don’t have true free will, like humans do. But aren’t our choices determined by our programming too? Our genes and our environment and all? Aren’t we basically just robots ourselves?’’ – Lee Fisher (p. 216)
Lee Fisher ist der Sohn des Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten der Zukunft – und ein totaler Versager. An der Inverness Prep High Scho ...more
Usually when I saw a grin that big on people, it made me want to shake them and ask them what there was to be so damn happy about. But not with Nico. His grin just made my knees feel squishy.
This book makes me knees feel squishy. ANYWAYS. Willful Machines stars L ...more
LGBT fiction has seen a bit of resurgence lately, especially in genre circles. While contemporary used to hold a lot of sway, I find that more and more genre defined books are being aimed at an LGBT audience, especially within the YA community.
Take this book for instance, ‘Willfull Machines’ is a sci-fi novel about robots, government conspiracies and a sort of a future dystopia. It does this however with a gay character in the lead, which maybe helps make the book be a ...more
**Thank you so much to SimonPulse for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**
I was extremely eager to begin reading Willful Machines, as I've been spending a lot of my time reading contemporary this year. It was therefore a very refreshing read for me! The story follows Lee, who is son of the President of the United States in the future. In this future, the world has kind of gone backwards a bit. Girls and women have lost some righ ...more
I live for books like this one.
Willful Machines is the coming-of-age story of Lee, told in a futuristic/sci-fi world. But it's about a lot more too. The book basically asks the question of "what makes us human?". While we are told the story of how Lee- the President's son- is slowly falling in love with the new kid-Nico- we also get the story of how his dad became President- a conservative, right wing, anti-AI life, President. And all throughout the book you get incredibly thoughtf ...more
The only reason it isn't a full 5 stars is because it took a little while for me to get into the book, I didn't really start getting into it until chapter 6. But after that, it was amazing.
I was totally hooked to the storyline, and the characters were incredible too. Honestly, there were tons of plot twists, and I didn't see any of them coming. Especially the end.
The end. THE END!! I couldn't even comprehend it. I literally read the last 40 pages during ELA, and I ...more
I have very mixed feelings about Willful Machines . On the one hand, there were parts that I loved and that I think were really, really strong; and on the other... there were parts that I definitely did not love. Unfortunately, the parts I loved were in the beginning, and the rest were at the end, so ultimately... I'm left feeling rather disappointed.
Most of my positive feelings stem from th ...more
Anyway, I kind of like this book. It was short and didn't draw it out where it didn't need to. The pacing was perfect. However, the plot was predictable in parts. I saw a lot of things coming from miles off, but some parts caught me b ...more
I was rather bored for the first half of this; it mostly felt like a YA contemporary romance for awhile but once the sci-fi elements became more pronounced and the big reveal happened, the plot took off like a bullet. I loved the robotic aspects to this story and though Lee got on my nerves a couple of times with bouts of his teenage l I'm-right-you're-wrong attitude, I really enjoyed his character for the most part.
I loved the small focus on Shakespeare and the quotes of his which t ...more
Tim's debut novel, Willful Machines, is out now from Simon Pulse. His follow-up, Tattoo Atlas, will be released on October 18, 2016.
One of Tim's earliest memories involves sitting in front of the television and staring in awe at a raven-haired, star-spa ...more