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.
Yes. I loved the ending to this story. It seems like telling stories in books through cassette tapes is gaining more appeal after THIRTEEN REASONS WHY. And this book… I loved Kyle’s narration and his character in general, as well as Lilly. I really enjoyed the science fiction premise of this book, as well as different references, such as DOCTOR WHO and SPIDER MAN.
I thought that the ideas that this book presented, how it was thought-provoking in it’s own way, was what I liked the post about this book. Even though this book is only 230 pages, it feels like a long read not because it’s hard to understand or hard to enjoy, but because it just has so much cool stuff in it. I thought it was the perfect length to tell this story.
I think some people may not like them, but I thought that the notes in the story here and there were really interesting and brought another level of depth to the story.
Every part of the format of this book is essential. For those of you who usually skip forewards, editor’s notes, author’s notes and afterwards, I would highly recommend that you don’t do that with this book because of how important they are to the story. You don’t need them to understand the story, but it provides a deeper level to it.
This book is one of those that is a) hard to review because there are so many twists and mystery elements to it that it’s hard not to give them away and b) could have been really bad and really cheesy, but wasn’t. So thank you for that, Mike Lancaster.
Parts of this book didn’t flow for me at times, but other than that I really liked this book. It didn’t blow my mind up like Alastair Reynold’s HOUSE OF SUNS did, and it didn’t hit me with amazement like ENDER’S GAME did, but I really liked this book. It’s a great debut from Mike Lancaster. 4.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 240
Series: Point 4
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