Title: The Future Will Be BS Free
Author: Will McIntosh
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: July 24, 2018
Page Count: 352
My rating: 4 1/2 stars
About the book:
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 money–except 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?
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 teenagers but still have no hope for their future because there just aren’t jobs to be had so the kids come up with a plan. Sam and his friends have been secretly working on building a portable lie detector, small enough that everyone will have one and the world will be free of lies. Of course most of the group isn’t in it to be noble but only for the riches they think it will bring with the exception of Theo whose dream it is to make a change in the world.
You see the world in which Sam and his friends live is controlled by one woman who has been president for multiple terms having done away with the term limit. But not only does she control the government but has a monopoly on most commerce too. The kids believe that the only way to help the world is to flesh out all the lies and let people see the truth for a change.
The book may seem to start a little slow and be a bit shaky on the character building but once it gets going it was really one that kept me quite engaged. The old saying Let he who is without sin cast the first stone really popped into mind as the story goes along because obviously most everyone has at least some little secret they’d prefer not to share which was true of Sam and his friends. There was some great character growth shown from the characters you meet at the beginning of the book and the ones after all the action has gone down. And yes, as you can imagine taking down a corrupt government brought about a lot of action so by the end I’d give this one 4.5 stars as it was a creative dystopian imagining that seems highly possible of actually happening.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Will McIntosh is a science fiction and young adult author, a Hugo award winner and a winner or finalist for twelve other SF awards. His newest books are THE FUTURE WILL BE BS FREE, UNBREAKABLE, and FALLER. His middle grades book WATCHDOG has been optioned for a TV Series, being developed by the team that created the hit Netflix series DRAGONS: RACE TO THE EDGE. His novel DEFENDERS was optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film, while LOVE MINUS EIGHTY, about women trapped in a cryogenic dating center, has been optioned for a TV Series, and was named the best science fiction book of 2013 by the American Library Association. Will was a psychology professor before turning to writing full-time. Originally from New York, he lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife and their twins.