Thursday, June 30, 2011


By: Mike A. Lancaster
Rated: 4.5

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.
This book was one of those: "I-like-it-but-I-don't" kind of books. For instance, I loved how the book was narrated. The mental imaging was spectacular, and the setting was awesome! But one of the things that I disliked about this book was the beginning. I really didn't like the beginning. To me, the whole hypnosis thing, wasn't really working for me. Even though hypnosis is an actual practice, it's not the kind of thing that you'd expect to find in a book like "Human.4".
Another one of the things that I disliked about this book was the interruptions in the narration. Those things were the "editors" had come in and given us definitions for the words used in the books. And while I must say that it was a creative way of telling us how different the world become after the "update", I felt that the author could've found different - and slightly less annoying - ways of showing us all the things that had changed after the "update".
But, all in all, the good did outweigh the bad, so I had no other choice but to give this book a good review. In all honesty, I really did enjoy this book. And although the cover art was interesting, it looked like something that an amateur would've put together.
It was a good-bad kind of book, but I do suggest that everyone read it. If you ignore the bad beginning, and those horrid definition boxes; then there's some really good stuff in there! I will probably be re-reading this book, but I'm not sure yet. However, the next book that I review will be a book that I absolutely fell in love with! But, because I liked this book so much, I'm not going to tell you the name of the book! You'll just have to wait until the next review to find out. But I can tell you this. It is a book that all teenagers should read. It is one of the few books, and possibly the only book, that will ever get a 5.0 rating from me!

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