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The Future We Left Behind

(Point 4 #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  159 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
ebook, 384 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by EgmontUSA (first published May 7th 2012)
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Mike Lancaster
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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.
Jun 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5

This series is actually relatively solid science fiction, me like.
Ruth Turner
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

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
Harrison Fowler
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
like the first book, interesting theory but shitty writing.
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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
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

At 21, you're scheduled to to get married. A list with candidates will be given to you and one will simply make it shortlisted to three, when you will finally announce your engagement. Peter's world is a lot more advanced than the straker's world. For one, people have filaments which extend from their body and act as a port to send and receiv
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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???
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You think the world is one way, and you believe it for your whole life, and then something happens and shows you that you were wrong; the ground you thought was solid is made of ice, and it’s melting away beneath you. You deal with it how you can. That’s all any of us do."

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1.4 isn't exactly a sequel of the first book, 0.4. Instead, it's set millennia after the Millgrove revelation or the (view spoiler)
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,
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Hey, guys! So, earlier this week I discovered that Human.4 (which I read like three years ago and absolutely loved) has a sequel, and I've been oblivious about it since 2012! Needless to say, I was beyond exited! I practically stormed the library to check the book out and then finished it in basically a day. It was great, the book before it was great, and you should read both.

The Cover:
It shows a mechanical bee (I know it doesn't look like a bee but trust me) flying near a person's head. These
Christopher Xia
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Future We Left Behind. It reminded me of other dystopian books that I read like the Maze Runner and the Giver. It had the same concept, one group of people thought that they where doing the right thing and making the world a better and more perfect place when they are actually not. Another group realizes this and tries to stop them. In the book, the main character Michael questions himself about The Link. He asks if it is a trustable device, or if its just something that has a negati ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
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
Elicia Cheah
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can also find this review at http://girlinthewoodsreviews.blogspot... in the review archive.

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
Jen Blackham
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-eborrow
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
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Leo  E-M
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, dystopia, sci-fi
(In America, it's called "The Future Left Behind"). 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 ...more
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.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Peter lives in a future when every thought can be recorded in virtual diaries, which makes for an interesting first person narration as he relates his growing awareness that all is not right in the world. From the automated bees to the vague history of Strakerites, he discovers a sinister world of technological intervention that threatens all humans. It fell apart a little for me in the end, but overall, a good read!
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