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The Future We Left Behind (Point 4 #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  583 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Thousands of years in the future the divide between humanity and technology has become nearly unrecognizable. Each thought, each action is logged, coded, backed up. Data is as easily exchanged through the fiber-optic-like cables that extend from fingertips as it might be through ordinary conversation. It's a brave new world: A world that the Straker Tapes say is a result o...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by EgmontUSA (first published May 7th 2012)
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*I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, I’ll admit it. While I was extremely excited to read this book, I was pretty annoyed that it didn’t pick up right after book one. We pick up 1000+ years later. Uhh, that’s a long time. SO much has changed. I wanted to know what happened with Kyle and friends. WHAT HAPPENED?! After I started reading, I realized I was wrong and it’s so much better this way. We know what happened in book one. Even though we don...more
Mike A.
Apr 29, 2012 Mike A. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In joint first place with 0.4 (Human.4) as the best book I have ever written.
Rating: 3.5

This series is actually relatively solid science fiction, me like.
Ruth Turner

I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first book, but it's still an excellent read.

I was just a little disappointed that it didn't pick up where 0.4 left off.

Uh oh. I've just discovered there's no book 3. Bummer! I really HATE that.
Amy Sturgis
As the sequel to a young adult dystopian book I truly loved (Human.4), this novel had big shoes to fill. I had my doubts as the book opened, but I soon realized they were misplaced. This story delivers, absolutely.

Set a millenia after Human.4, 1.4 brilliantly folds the previous novel into its "mythos" while offering new characters and raising the stakes for their conflict. As the two young protagonists uncover the mysteries of the pending "upgrade" to humanity, and their parents' relationship to...more
like the first book, interesting theory but shitty writing.
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: Lancaster shows us that technology isn’t all that its cracked up to be.

Opening Sentence: The story of Peter Vincent might easily have never been heard.


Technology plays an integral part of our lives. In The Future We Left Behind, the follow up book to Mike A. Lancaster’s Human.4, Lancaster takes us on a futuristic look at the differences between humanity and technology. I was really excited when I received this book. I love it when the...more
Harrison Fowler
The problem I have with reviewing books I give 100% is that I don't have much to say.

I'd say 1.4, the sequel to the amazing 0.4, is much different. It's almost a stand-alone, except for references and plot points you need to know from its predecessor. 1.4 has a great attention to detail, and a much grander scope than 0.4, not meaning better, just meaning it has a different goal in mind. While all those hings are great, its characters are lacking. The protagonist, Peter Vincent, is a very normal...more
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This book was a little disappointing when compared to Human.4. It took me till about halfway through before I really got into it. This was a super fast read for me, only took about a couple of hours. The characters were a little weak for me but the premise and plot were really good. I loved the ending of this book. (view spoiler) I would recommend this to anyone that likes a sci-fi thriller.
Actual title of this book: The Future We Left Behind, #2 in Point 4.

A worthy sequel to Human.4.

But where's the 3rd book???
Excellent book. I liked the first one but this far surpasses it. I read it in one sitting, with barely a break for dinner. I'm amazed by the author's ability to invent and use alien technology in such a matter of fact and easy manner. I'm looking forward to book 3!
One of the best sci-fi books, actually one of the best BOOKS i've picked up and read in a long time. Finished it in a day, I couldn't even put it down. I don't think i've ever read a book so fast.

Can't believe I've been a slow poke reader these days! hahaha.. Again tons of work, lots of stress and distractions made me stray away from my books. This would be my last book I guess for the month.

Now for the book ---

I felt it was more engaging than the first one.. but the ending its a blah for me.. I wished it was more stellar than I had hoped for it to end.

Truth be told, the book can be finished in one sitting.

"The future does not belong to the weak. To the cowardly. It belongs to people...more
Simcha Lazarus
Imagine that you are a kid living at home (unless you are a kid living at home, in which case just go with it) and your parents tell you to get in the car because they have somewhere special to take you. The last time your parents sprang a surprise trip on you, you ended up at the amusement park so you're really excited. You get in the car and your father (let's assume he's at the wheel) starts driving.

He drives and drives and you notice that you have passed-by the turnoff to the amusement park,...more
Peter Vincent's life takes a drastic turn when he signs up for a literature course (instead of another science course) for the new semester. His father, who created the artificial bee that saved the world, would never approve. But Peter is enjoying the assigned reading and has found his usual ways of thinking challenged. Then he meets Alpha, who challenges his thinking even further: she's a Strakerite. This is a group of people much like a Luddite--a fringe group that believes technology only ha...more
Falls just short of a 4, but I'm rounding up.

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“I am the boy running around trying to tell the world that the sky is falling. And you know what? It’s not an acorn this time. The sky really is falling in.”
Peter Vincent’s father is a world-renowned scientist, the man responsible for engineering a species of mechanical bees to replace the dwindling originals. It’s an act that’s a triumph of technology over nature, and a similar attitude...more
Overall, a pretty solid YA SF novel. I loved how the first novel in the series was incorporated into the mythos of this one, and how it was allegorical without being PURELY allegorical. It says things about humanity, about the internet, about faith, about destiny - and it throws all that we know into question.
Okay, so the premise is obviously fictional, but the deep question of "What makes us human?" is what I'm talking about. We tend to focus on the good things: compassion, kindness, capacity f...more
The first book in this series left me with SO many unexplained questions, and I can't say that this really cleared anything up, but it was a good read. This isn't so much a sequel, it doesn't pick up where the last book left off, in fact the first book IS a book referred to by the characters in this one, like they have read it, just as we have. It's on the required reading list for the literature class in fact :)

In some of the other reviews, people note they didn't even realize (or realise, as i...more
Jen Blackham
This book really shouldn't be by Mike A Lancaster, because wasn't he the "editor" of the book "Human.4" ... and that was written 1000 years before this one. Explain that! Maybe it's his great, great, great ... grandson by the same name. *Ü* Unlike the first book, the editor(author) doesn't talk to the reader, although the text is diary entries, which is similar to the format of the transcribed tapes in Human.4.

While this could be considered a sequel, the first book in the series doesn't just lea...more
Elicia (Girl in the Woods Reviews)
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Detailed Review: This book has so many surprises! Honestly that just managed to blow my head off a few times!

I didn't get to read the first book in the series but this book itself also works as a standalone.

Would you want to know how it feels like when your memories are tampered by an unknown person? Because this is what happens to the people in the book, including the main character, Peter. What if...more

Didn't realize that it was the second book in the series. Wish I could've started with the first.

And may I say, kudos to you, Mike Lancaster. You've written one heck of a book--my head is still struggling to wrap around all the plot twists.

Basically, we're now an upgraded society. We have something called the Link, and it's every sci-fi writer's dream--we're all connected electronically, we have little wire/cable thingys to communicate and stuff, and you have to read the book to fully get i...more
Leo  E-M
The Straker Tapes were recorded many years ago and although the records have survived there are those who believe that these events/myths are hoaxes, dreams with no scientific proof to back up these claims.
The Link has existed for as long as anyone can remember. It connects us all to each other with little more than a thought, it stores our memories, records our thoughts our life contains it defines who we are and the world we live in. But the Link is not limitless and not unable to be hacked. M...more
After reading 0.4, which I enjoyed with it's different writing style, I decided to take a leap into the world of 1.4.

I delightfully found this book just as entertaining as the first and read to whole thing from back to front in a short amount of time. I found the lists and notes a fruitful addition to the diary entries of the main character.

I was however confused a little by the ending as it left everything open in my opinion. That may have been the authors intention. Needless to say, if a foll...more
Chrystal Hays
Really nice sequel to .04! Forward thinking going even further. Although it is perhaps a YA title, this adult enjoyed it very much. It challenges the thinker, and is not a predictable formula. I'd like to see more of this...some of which is hinted at in the story itself.
Ariel Cummins
There isn't a whole lot of pure sci-fi in YA today, which is why I think this book really shines. It's got a really interesting premise that builds on Human.4 in a pretty unique way. The characters were, in general, pretty well formed, and I think Peter's world was hinted in ways that made it feel rich and full without having too much exposition or explanation.

I will definitely be checking out further books in this series, although I'm curious to see where the author could take it from here.

Chris S.
The Future We Left Behind is definitely a worthy sequel to Human.4, and the repetitive plot didn't bother me in the least. I think it was used to illustrate the fact of the inevitability of the whole thing. Nevertheless, I would like to see a break in the plot by book three, which will probably be about a certain diary mentioned in this book.

What I liked was the symbolism, as I thought the "Greatorex" surname mentioned might mean "greater Rex, i.e., the greater king. Also, "del Rey" means "of h...more
Fiona Joyce
Can't look at people using PDDs any more with out fear. The question is interesting what is that we will leave behind. I found this better the 0.4.
Somehow even more satisfying than Human.4, this book is guaranteed to keep your attention right down to the final moments. Even though it's a very distant sequel, it still feels very closely connected to its predecessor, mostly because of the presence of Strakerists who are ostracized for their beliefs. This book doesn't seem to want to end, and I didn't want to end this one either, but alas all good things must come to an end, as we all know.
Did you ever find a book you can't read fast enough? Like you need the ability to read twice as fast because it's just that fully engrossing? Or a book that is so unpredictable and has so many plot twists that you give up hypothesizing and just enjoy the ride? This is one of those, as was Human.4. If you like sci-fi, are a Doctor Who fan, or want the crap scared out of you so you never want to touch a computer ever again, read these books. You won't regret it...but will you remember it? (spoiler...more
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