Human.4

Human.4

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by Mike A. Lancaster
     
 

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Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone’s behaving oddly. It’s as if Kyle doesn’t exit.
 
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Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone’s behaving oddly. It’s as if Kyle doesn’t exit.
 
Is this nightmare a result of the hypnosis? Will Kyle wake up with a snap of fingers to roars of laughter? Or is this something much more sinister?

Narrated on a set of found cassette tapes at an unspecified point in the future, Human.4 is an absolutely chilling look at technology gone too far.

Editorial Reviews

ALAN Review - Barbara A. Ward
When teen Kyle Straker volunteers to be hypnotized during the town talent show, he awakens to a different world. Computers and cell phones no longer work, and a strange language streams across the television screens. Everyone around him seems somehow disturbingly different, and Kyle and the three others who were hypnotized must solve the puzzle. The story is told through a series of cassettes taped by Kyle during the beginning of what he realizes is a human upgrade that he and the others missed while under hypnosis. The author's side notes explaining popular cultural references, such as "The Apprentice" and "Cracking Jokes," add depth and humor to this compulsive page-turner. The Editor's Notes pondering the significance of the gaps in Kyle's tapes heighten reader interest and add to the book's complexity. Readers will surely ponder the possible obsolete nature of humanity where even reading is an artifact of the past. Reviewer: Barbara A. Ward

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606840993
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Mike A. Lancaster lives in Cambridge, England with his wife and children.  Human.4 is his first novel for children.

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