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3.32  ·  Rating details ·  182 ratings  ·  73 reviews
In this terrifyingly timely tale for fans of The Eye of Minds, a teen and his group of friends find themselves on the run after using a genius lie-detector contraption to expose their corrupt government.

In a Putin-esque near-future America, the gifted and talented high school has just been eliminated, and Sam and his friends have been using their unexpected free time to wo
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Delacorte Press
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Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Well, here I go again against the early masses only this time I’m the one that actually likes this book. So far it doesn’t seem that many really like it but to me The Future Will Be BS Free is a perfectly timed novel that leads to a lot of what ifs about politics and society. Considering I’m not a fan of politics and feel there is too much lying going on in our own world I was quite curious what Will McIntosh would do with his.

The story begins with Sam and his friends who are rather bright teena
Dec 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I came out to have a good time right now and I honestly feel so attacked right now. Here I was, thinking this would be a deep, slightly parodied view on Putin-esque America, along the lines of Animal Farm, but, nope. This is a strong lesson in why I try to never get my hopes up when it comes to books, because what this book actually is is a bunch of annoying, cookie-cutter teenagers with a main character who makes me want to jump out a window.

The world-building was,,,,,, actually pretty good! I
The Captain
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

I have loved this author's work ever since I read love minus eighty and have now gobbled up seven of his novels.

Side note: Get me hands on unbreakable and watchdog and all four novellas!

While I liked this one in parts, it was overall just an okay read.  As usual, the concepts are very cool.  The basic premise of this one is there is a group of teens w
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Eh. This was a neat concept that fell flat. The story never really dove deep and just felt outlandish. Now the world-building was good. I just wish the story around it could've been entertaining. I found myself skimming out of the obligation to read and review since I won this in a goodreads giveaway. The love triangle left little to be desired and honestly got to the point where it annoyed me. And the body-shaming was frustrating. This is one where the execution was flawed, unfortunately.

I won
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2-stars, ebook, 2018
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me early access to this novel in exchange for a review. All thoughts expressed here are my own.

"Be careful what you wish for, Gregorious the Great. Changing the world doesn't necessarily make it better."

Imagine a world where no one can tell lies and get away with it. Greedy politicians and business leaders caught red-handed. Criminals having no chance to get away with their crimes. Loved ones having to be honest with each other. For
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re going to read The Future will be BS Free, it’s important to remember that our main character is a sexually frustrated teenage boy. He’s poor. His mother is disabled. The girl he loves (his best friend) doesn’t love him back. And the future seems to hold exactly nothing for him. You won’t always like the things Sam does (some of them are just awful), but you’ll eventually like *him* just fine.

Will McIntosh brings us a mix of near future SF and a coming of age story that resonates. Sam a
Sean Randall
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to this, and it was just as good as I'd hoped. I got a Cory Doctorow, e c myers feel from it, and enjoyed it all the way through. ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
We all have little white lies. In fact, in basic British/American culture, you are taught to tell them, to be polite. The baby is ugly, and you fawn over it. The dress is out of date, and doesnl’t flatter, and you find a nice thing to say about it. The hairstyle doesn’t suit the person who loves it, and you agree with them.

So, the basis of this book is to get rid of these lies, as well as the half-truths, the full on lies, and most importantly, the lies told by politicians. This is a dystopian f
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Sam Gregarious and his friends Theo, Rebe, Boob (that's not a typo!), Basquiat, and Molly have created a lie detector from an old MRI machine in Rebe's garage. This lie detector is 100% accurate and all they have to do is figure out a way to build a portable prototype before someone else and reap the benefits in the failing economy.
The dystopian world Sam and his friends live in isn't too far-fetched: A war between the U.S. and Russia began after Russia led a cyberattack against American banks,
Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, arc
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

First of all, the synopsis is a little misleading. It did not feel like a "Putin-esque near-future", but they did mention Russia and cyberattacks a few times. If this was supposed to be satirical, it needed more oomph. For example, the president is super shady and tortures teens by bursting their eardrums with excessively loud music. She also asks civilians to take up arms and hunt down innocen
Vicky Again
This wasn't too shabby, but there were definitely a few things I wish were executed a little better.

The concept is wild and whoever made the Phineas and Ferb episode comparison was honestly spot on.

The first part of the novel felt a lot like that--a group of really smart teens creating a lie-detector. But then it evolved into a little more chaotic, slightly darker sort of chaos than a regular P&F episode.

For me, it felt like this novel was divided into 3 parts: Phineas and Ferb episode of creati
Heather Brown
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, ya, dystopian
After a slow start, I really enjoyed this book. The message is very Fahrenheit 451/Animal Farm/1984 and seems terrifyingly possible as a near-future dystopia. The president controls everything, the gifted school is closed, the police act with impunity, and fake news reinforces it all. Sam and his friends just want to get rich - except for Theo, who wants to fix the world. So they invent a hand-held lie detector they call the Truth App, but before they can even produce more than a working prototy ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a country where freedom of all kind is obliterated, and the head of state controls all aspects of every citizen’s lives, truth is hard to find. What if this could change, though?

In this dystopian vision of the American future, a group of teenagers band together to fight against unfair treatment from their government. This group, under the initial guidance of Theo, a child prodigy leading his group of childhood friends on a project, takes it upon themselves to create a machine that could end t
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
I decided to take a chance on this book, the title alone gave me a reason to pause, as did the cover. I wasn't sure what I was in for when I requested it off of Netgalley, but I'm so glad that I did.

However, the main character, Sam is problematic, there are a few things he does that are perceived to be because he's "an angsty teenage boy" .
He is fatphobic:
"Rebe was overweight, but in the right places."

There are a couple of times where Rebe's weight is mentioned, and it's not exactly with the bes
I really liked the concept of this book, but it felt very rough-drafty.

I thought the world-building was a little slip-shod, the scrapes they get into and out of very convenient, and the characterization . . . largely non-existent.

A lot of these YA thrillers start off strong for me then lose all steam by supplementing with ridiculousness at about the 40% mark. The part where I put this book down for-- let's see-- a year and a half was when they escape detection from the Evil Masterminds of Dyst
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I really wanted to like this book more, but it felt disjointed and disorganized to me. The main character wants to be unlikable, but there's so much about him that's trying too hard and hoping for approval that he just comes off as an annoying pain in the neck. The plot seemed really intriguing, but the climax and resolution tied up way too quickly and neatly, and the trouble that the characters had to go through (running for their lives--which didn't seem to bring much hardship--and the death o ...more
Celia McMahon
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc of this book.

I liked this book. A lot. As it sort of lines up with the current climate of the world, I thought it was an interesting read.

The story follows Sam and his friends as they work on a Truth App, a device used to. well, see if someone is lying. But they soon learn that the truth isn't so simple and sets off a turn of events that they never imagined. I think that is what I really loved about it, that we see them make these disastrous mi
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a Netgalley book.
This book was just okay for me. The character I liked the best was killed off early in the book. Sam is 17 and seems to be the leader of the group. He does and says some things that are offensive, however he is quite immature at the start of the book. The setting is a future where the economy has collapsed. The government and most law officials are corrupt, it really isn't totally unrealistic. Sam and his group of friends come up with an idea for a portable lie detector
Exan Gutierrez
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: alternate-world
Originally I was going to write this as a comment, to Rachael, because of her strong dislike of the book when getting to the part of the MC creepely stalking his crush take a shower. This happened after a videocall was (accidentally) not hung up, he muted himself, and kept watching as his crush went on with her day including taking a shower.

This is one of those things men and women handle really differently. But I'll talk about it as something that could happen to my mom, sister or daughter, ins
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-school, high
The Future Will Be BS Free by Will McIntosh, 332 pages. Delacorte Press (Random House Children’s Books), 2018. $18.

Language: R (107 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



Seventeen-year-old Sam and his buddies have a product that’s going to make them all rich, as soon they can get a prototype together. Their portable, infallible lie detector is going to change the world. They aren’t wrong, but it comes at a greater price than they e
Allen Adams
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

If you’re looking to read some YA genre fiction, you’ve got plenty of options. You can’t swing a cat in a bookstore without hitting half-a-dozen sci-fi/fantasy/whatever books aimed at younger readers. If you’re looking to read some GOOD YA genre fiction, well … you’re going to need to put the cat down.

The point is that there’s a glut of content out there, so don’t be afraid to shape your expectations accordingly. Look for something that speaks to you - whe
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
“Powerful people aren’t smarter or more capable than the rest of us; they’re just more willing to lie, cheat, steal, even kill.”

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

One of the scariest things about this book is that it doesn't feel too far off from what I think America will be like, but that's besides the point.

McIntosh brings a version of the United States to life in this book, where the country is so devastated financially that even high sc
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Every year when I take my vacation in the woods, I take my Kindle and a stack of books to get through. Usually in a couple weeks I can clear anywhere from 7-10 books. How on earth do I do that? Well for starters, I pick brain candy books like the Future Will Be BS Free. These are the books that you find yourself realizing that you just don't have to think that hard while reading them. I decided on this one since I've been behind on my NetGalley reading lately.

The book takes place in a not too di
Seth Wegner
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book. I wanted a bit of downtime, something to take my mind off of the current fuckery that is happening in this once great nation, so what better than a horrid dystopian future of America!

Yeah, so my distraction is different than yours, whatever. We all gotta grab at whatever we can, right?

That is really what this book is about, trying to grab onto what you can and make it yours. Try to create a safe space for yourself, your family and your friends. This time, instead of w
Thank you NetGalley for this advanced eGalley of "The Future Will Be BS Free" by Will McIntosh.

New City is under the watchful eye of a corrupt government, after a Russian cyber attack crashes its economic system. In the wake of this disaster, six friends, with a gift for the technological, decide to use their free time to develop a "truth app": a fool-proof lie-detector that will hopefully make them millionaires.

After a test run reveals how accurate the truth app is, the group is surprised to di
Alexander Highfield
The Future Will Be B-S Free was a largely enjoyable read: well-paced and genuinely thrilling at times. Its parallels with contemporary start-up culture, social media and populist politics feel apt and not patronisingly obvious. Despite these strengths, however, the novel clings to the worn-out trope of the ‘friend-zoned’ teenage boy to provide its romantic story arc. This not only turned me off the whole story but felt strangely out of place in a novel which, otherwise, felt relatively in tune w ...more
Lizz Axnick
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not really a big fan of sci fi dystopian novels, but I was intrigued by the premise of this book. What if you had a BS-proof way to tell if someone is lying to you? Would this be such a good thing? Obviously the subject matter makes a direct jab at our current political situation, which makes this book something to ponder (I personally found this scary).

I agree with another reviewer about the plot holes. I too wondered how these kids could make off with an MRI machine and store it in someo
In a future that might be a lot closer than we think, Sam Gregorious and his gifted friends have too much time on their hands now that their gifted and talented high school no longer exists. They've been working on a special project for the best five months--a portable lie detector that could spell financial success and soft lives for the teens. As they get closer to finishing it, Sam is approached by a shady character who wants to buy the rights to the plans. But he and his friends are fearful ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, read-in-18
Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

This author had a really badass idea. In a not-so-distant future, the world is in a fairly dreadful place. Russia has committed an act of cyber terrorism, plunging America's economy into serious Depression. Funding for education and roadways has ceased, police are corrupt, the government is run by a President whose personal brand is plastered all over everything.

Thank god nothing like that could ever possibly happen.

In the midst
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Arlen by:
The plot is a winner; the characters are secondary. If you read The Future Will Be BS Free with this in mind, you'll have a good time. True, it's another teen-saves-the-world sci-fi action adventure, but it's also thought-provoking. My favorite line in the book is, "Secrets aren't the same as lies." Here's the true moral dilemma faced by the characters, as well as by the government, as well as by the reader. The intriguing aspects of their invention are if technology has the ability to different ...more
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Will McIntosh is a Hugo Award-winning science fiction author, as well as a finalist for eleven other awards. His alien invasion novel Defenders was optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film, while Love Minus Eighty, was named the best SF novel of 2013 by the American Library Association. Coming in 2016 are his first young adult novel, Burning Midnight (Penguin Random House), about a pair of t ...more

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