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?
"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
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.
A LITA Excellence in Young Adult Science Fiction Book Selection
"Deserving of comparisons to The Hunger Games." —Kirkus
"The action is nonstop from beginning to end, and the notion of truth is well explored from multiple viewpoints...a BS-free way to present a deep and fundamental question."—Booklist
"This compelling, action-packed story will have readers eagerly turning pages to find out what happens....will find fans in readers of adventure stories and thrillers as well as those who enjoy science fiction. Give to fans of Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother." —SLJ
Praise for Will McIntosh's Burning Midnight:
"In an impressive YA debut, adult SF author McIntosh spins an action-packed adventure....An engaging cast and thought-provoking premise help fuel this thriller." --Publishers Weekly
"With a fascinating premise and likable, underdog protagonists, this is a winner." --Booklist
"An exciting, fast-paced adventure from start to finish." --The Horn Book Magazine
"An adventure fantasy thriller . . . with an unpredictable twist." --TheGuardian.com