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.


Named one of the best teen books of 2015 by the New York Public Library!

Made the American Library Association's 2016 Rainbow List!

"A socially conscious sci-fi thriller to shelve between The Terminator and Romeo and Juliet." Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)

"A tightly knit thriller that will delight both its targeted teen audience and adults who enjoy a wonderfully created futuristic world." Lambda Literary

"Told in a witty, self-deprecating, and endearingly honest first-person narration, this twist-turning novel blends fast-paced action, heartfelt romance, and personal discovery while wrestling with big questions about free will and what it means to be human." School Library Journal

"Smart, brave and utterly original, Willful Machines asks questions that matter. Tim Floreen's unforgettable debut will stay with you long after you finish reading it." Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae and These Broken Stars

"Willful Machines is as exciting as it is heartbreaking. A deft mixture of science fiction, gritty action, and sweet first love, Tim Floreen's debut is everything I want from a book." Shaun Hutchinson, author of We Are the Ants and The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

"Willful Machines is a thought-provoking thriller wrapped around a fascinating concept--skillfully mixed in with basic human dilemmas. Tim Floreen's tale convincingly depicts a world where machines can pass as human, but humans still struggle with age-old questions: 'How much control do I have over my own life? Who can I dare to trust? Who can I dare to love?'" Margaret Peterson Haddix, New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Children series