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 work on a tiny, undetectable, utterly reliable lie detector. They're all in it for the moneyexcept Theo, their visionary. For Theo, it's about creating a better world. A BS-free world, where no one can lie, and the honest will thrive.
Just when they finish the prototype and turn down an offer to sell their brainchild to a huge corporation, Theo is found dead. Greedy companies, corrupt privatized police, and even the president herself will stop at nothing to steal the Truth App. Sam sets his sights on exposing all lies and holding everyone accountable.
But he and his friends quickly realize the costs of a BS-free world: the lives of loved ones, and political and economic stability. They now face a difficult question: Is the world capable of operating without lies, or are lies what hold it together?
"Deserving of comparisons to The Hunger Games." Kirkus
"This compelling, action-packed story will have readers eagerly turning pages...Give to fans of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother." SLJ
"The action is nonstop from beginning to end..a BS-free way to present a deep and fundamental question." Booklist
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.81(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.13(d)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
Will McIntosh is the author of several adult speculative fiction novels, and a frequent short-story writer. His work has received a Hugo Award for Best Short Story and been named to the ALA-RUSA Reading List for Science Fiction, and his first young adult novel, Burning Midnight, was a Locus Award finalist and an ALA-YALSA's Teens' Top Ten nominee. In addition, Will wrote Watchdog for middle-grade readers. Will lives with his wife and twin children in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Future Will Be BS-Free is his second novel for young adults. Visit him online at willmcintosh.net and follow @WillMcIntoshSF on Twitter.
Read an Excerpt
I stood in the middle of Rebe’s garage and took it all in. It was really happening. This wasn’t a school project, or a game—this was real. And it. Was. Awesome.
Excerpted from "The Future Will Be BS Free"
Copyright © 2018 Will McIntosh.
Excerpted by permission of Random House Children's Books.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ahoy there me mateys! 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 who invent a truth-telling machine. But someone wants to stop the technology from getting out there. As for the teens, they don't really understand the ramifications of "nothing but the truth" until it is too late. So I have to admit that I like being honest. I think lying is usually a waste of time and resources and I try not to do it. But what if, for example, someone asks if their outfit looks okay and ye think it doesn't. But they think they look hot. So of course ye say that they look awesome because what ye think doesn't matter and ye don't want to hurt feelings. Well with the truth-rings that would be impossible. Me friends wouldn't care but an acquaintance? It could get ugly. Now the author raises a lot of difficult issues but doesn't address them in any satisfactory way. Topics touched on - eating disorders, suicides, when someone thinks they be telling the truth but are mistaken, voyeurism, anxiety, cerebral palsy, vigilantism, greed, etc. Most are used as plot points either as exposed secrets or unintended consequences for the teens to feel bad about. But feeling bad about them was about as far as it went. It didn't really seem to make the characters act any differently. In fact pretty much all of the characters are extremely selfish and self-centered. In the beginning most of them just wanted money. I could sympathize. But their idealism never really seemed to turn into true realism. Plus unfortunately, the plot has some extreme plot holes and the ending was too convenient. So the teens really didn't need to grow or change much based on those circumstances. One of the good elements is that there were caring parents and teachers. The teens do actually ask the parents for help. That was a nice change for YA. The bad parts were that almost all the adults that were involved were ex-military with PTSD or other issues. Also the romance issues in this book were not to me taste. The main narrator, Sam, has a crush that is so ridiculous it almost seems cringe-worthy. The teens all seem to pair off with each other. The dialogue and tension around the teen-lust was angsty and felt more like 5th graders then almost 18 year olds. But perhaps I am just too much of a curmudgeon in me old age and can't sympathize with teenage hormones. I was a very abnormal teen in that respect so me experience was not the mainstream one. This book was a fast read and I did want to know how it ended. I loved the concepts and will be pondering the ramifications for some time to come. This is certainly not me favourite of his but I will continue to read anything he writes. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for me honest musings. Arrrr!
The idea of a Truth App makes for a thought-provoking plot, and the author does an admirable job of going beyond the initial benefits, exposing corrupt government official, greedy companies, etc., and exploring the darker ramifications of such an invention. Outcomes that don't immediately spring to the surface when considering what a truthful society would look like. For me, this was the best part of the book. What didn't work as well for me was the underdevelopment of the characters. Although Sam undergoes a change in his overall arc, most of the characters feel one-dimensional. In some cases, I had to double check who was talking because they seemed interchangeable at times. This is a quick read with some cool sci-fi elements (bionic limbs!) and intriguing ideas and concepts, but the characters prevented me from being totally invested in the story. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.