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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Great YA scifi!!

HUMAN.4, by Mike A. Lancaster, is a thrilling documentary-style story about a teen and three others in his village whose lives are turned upside down after being under hypnosis. Lancaster created a story will linger in your mind long after Kyle's tapes have stopped.
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HUMAN.4, by Mike A. Lancaster, is a thrilling documentary-style story about a teen and three others in his village whose lives are turned upside down after being under hypnosis. Lancaster created a story will linger in your mind long after Kyle's tapes have stopped.

I was absolutely blown away by this book and I clung to each word. I loved the structure of the book. It was a transcription of the tapes that Kyle recorded in the hopes of those listening would remember the few 0.4's left. I liked the little notes that the transcriber made in regards to phrases and words that were no longer relevant in the current world.

Lancaster's hypnotized characters were very special to me by the end. I felt like I was one of them in the fight to understand what the heck happened when they were hypnotized. The world they woke up to was definitely scary, which strengthened my connection with them. And even though it was such a small part, I am still a girl and I wanted Kyle and Lilly to kiss and make up. Their relationship was rocky from a previous indiscretion and what better time to make up for it when it seems you are the only two normal teens left!

I won't ruin the plot but for those who love science fiction, this book is definitely for you. Lancaster kept me in suspense until the very end and I was anxious to know what would happen to his characters who were left behind and seemingly unnoticed.

*Cover Note* Loved the cover. Definitely a significance in the book which steps up the creepy factor.

posted by kittydanza on March 11, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Interesting Science Fiction

When I first heard about Human.4 I have to admit I was intrigued, because not only was the cover different and interesting looking but the premise sounded amazing. Luckily enough Human .4 is suspenseful, imaginative science fiction fun!

Everything changes the day Da...
When I first heard about Human.4 I have to admit I was intrigued, because not only was the cover different and interesting looking but the premise sounded amazing. Luckily enough Human .4 is suspenseful, imaginative science fiction fun!

Everything changes the day Danny Birnie tells Kyle, Simon, and Lilly that he hypnotized his sister. When the three first hear about it they laugh it off at yet another attempt of Danny's to catch their attention, but when the day of the talent show comes to their small town, they are sadly mistaken. Suddenly, Kyle and Lilly as well as two others are thrust in two a new world- one that has them as the top enemy and their past friends and family acting like their outcasts. What has happened? Is this some sick and twisted game, or is there something even more sinister and evil in play? Only time will tell in this fast paced tale of one boy's fight to rewrite the past and fix the future before it's too late.

One of the most compelling and well-done aspects of this book was without a doubt the premise and its execution. The idea of humanity being upgraded every few years was startling and scary and, most importantly, believable, and it only made the book even better, in my opinion. Better yet, I loved how the reader gets to learn about all of this right along with Kyle and his friend Lilly.

And talking about Kyle and Lilly, both were decently developed characters. Simon was the average teen, albeit this whole thing of upgrading he is thrown into, and Lilly was the same. The bond they form during Human.4 was yet another great part of the book, because it was interesting to see them slowly let down their guards and help one another in this huge mess, as well as begin to develop something more.

The only part I wasn't too found of with this book was the that Lancaster has left me with several questions based on the Lilly and Kyle's "new" world and such, though I read somewhere there will be a sequel to this, so hopefully everything will be cleared up sooner than later.

Lastly, Mike's writing was great for a debut author. I thought he did a great job of developing a thoroughly hashed out plot and characters in only 200 or so pages, so I'm excited to see what's next for him book wise.

In all, if you love science fiction and world that are so believable they are scary, Human.4 is the book for you!

Grade: B

posted by Lauren817 on June 22, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Yay

    Cant wait for the sequal!!!!! Does anyone know when it will be published?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Absolutely incredible

    This story was amamzing. With twists and turns and a shocker of a story line, this story is by far one of the best that i have read. It gives a look into a surprizingly sad future. And makes the reader truely think... what would do if you missed the upgrade?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Amazing!!!

    This book was amazing. Honestly. The details and realistic feel of this sci-fi novel were both really great. Twists and turns make this book thrilling. It made me question things in life, now somewhat more knowledgable than before I read this. You need to read this!!! You will never see the world questionable again! Besides the somewhat bad ending, all in all a good dystopian read. Thanks!!! (:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Screw h8rs

    You only dont like this book because it has depth.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Freakin awesome

    Really good and creepy and smart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Read

    I love this book but i wish there would be a second book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Loved it

    Awsome book and espeacially how he made the people telling different

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    is this good?

    i dont know if i want to read it anyone who has tell me if its good or bad any recommedations for a twelve year old with a really high reading score?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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