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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 exist.
Is this nightmare a result of the hypnosis? W
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by EgmontUSA (first published January 1st 2011)
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Corey You asked this a long time ago, but this book is good but not similar. This book focuses a lot more on the sci-fi aspect as Gone, and there's not much…moreYou asked this a long time ago, but this book is good but not similar. This book focuses a lot more on the sci-fi aspect as Gone, and there's not much action.(less)
Charlie It's pretty obvious to the reader what's going on, it just takes a while for the main characters to piece things together. There are a lot of mysterie…moreIt's pretty obvious to the reader what's going on, it just takes a while for the main characters to piece things together. There are a lot of mysteries and still unanswered questions too, leaving a lot open to interpretation and sequel potential. Still, it doesn't make it boring, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It feels fresh and different from the other YA sci-fi books popping up everywhere. Personally, I read this book in a single day because I could barely put it down.(less)

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Amy Sturgis
Where to begin? This is one of the best books I've read this year, and one of the best young adult dystopian/science fiction novels I've read, period. It's so very well done. The moment I can pre-order the sequel, I will. I intend to foist this one on as many people as possible, as well.

It's quite difficult to review this book or even explain its premise without spoiling the well-paced surprises it offers. I'll simply say that the text is framed as an edited book, of which the main part is a wr
Claude's Bookzone
Well that was a fast paced, fun sci-fi mystery.

The format was quite interesting as some of it was set in the future where there was an investigation underway. The panel are listening to some historical voice recordings made by Kyle Straker. The recordings cover the strange and frightening events that took place at a community talent show and how they changed the world as we understand it.

As the people in future will not understand some of the terminology from the past, there are explanations i
Emily May

Well, weird. That's the best word to describe this book. But hell am I glad I read it! It reminded me a lot of Genesis in some ways but with a much better story and a range of characters to go with it. It's like my ultimate bookgasm (did I just invent a word? Me thinks yes): Sci-fi + Dystopia + Philosophy = stay in all day until finished!

And it delivered in a very interesting and unique way, I found myself actually liking the 'Note' sections, they were quite an amusing idea as to how an alie
Emily WilowRaven
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-hardcover
It's been really hard to write this review because every time I try to collect my thoughts all that comes to mind is: OMG THIS BOOK WAS FREAKEN AWESOME AND EVERYONE IN THE WORLD SHOULD READ IT!

I could just leave it at that but I expect you all want a little more :)

For me, Human .4 was like an ultimate 'what if' sci-fi adventure. (view spoiler)
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Everyone seems to love this book...except for me. Did I miss something?

The town is holding a talent show, and four people (two teenagers and two older people) volunteer to be hypnotized. But during the act, suddenly the audience (and the entire town) start acting very strangely. The four struggle to find out if it's hypnosis gone wrong or something else.

It's a decent idea, but I felt that it was poorly done. First of all, the story is supposedly being listened to/read/transcribed from audio tape
Ruth Turner
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi

This is a really clever book and a solid 5 star read for me.

There’s not much I can say about it. I think you really need to read it for yourself. I’d recommend doing so without reading any reviews first and If you can read it in one sitting, even better.

It’s well written, fast paced, with excellent character development. And very well told.

It reminded me, just a little, of some of Stephen King’s short stories.

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This is one of those books that grabs you by the throat from the first page and won’t let go even once you’ve finished reading. It wasn’t exactly an action filled book, but there was plenty of suspense and the writing is the kind that just sucked me right in leaving me with many new ideas for my own imaginary stories.

I’ve read this book twice and both times I listed it as a favourite as it is one of those books that introduces new yet effor
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think that's what we all want, in the end.
To know that we left footprints when we passed by, however briefly.
We want to be remembered.
So remember us.
Remember us.

Human.4 is a very addicting read. I couldn’t stop until I reached the last page. It’s the type of book you’ll want more and more off. There was no putting this book down. It was AWESOME. It was FREAKIN’ FANTASTIC!

What pushed me to read this book? It was the fact that there were cassette tapes involved. Why? Well one of my f
Karina Halle
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Terrific concept muddled by poor execution.

Mike Lancaster has provided a quick, entertaining read here...unfortunately the overtly gimmicky premise is brought down by flat characters. If you can't relate or invest in the main character (Kyle Straker) or any of the supporting ones, then you lose what's at stake. And if you lose what's at stake, the drama and conflict never rise to where they should be. If Lancaster had infused some realistic and fully fleshed-out characters, spent some more time
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought HUMAN.4 was dystopian lit when I began. I think I had it confused with I AM NUMBER FOUR. (I may have also been misled by the current dystopian fad.) I'll cop to not being the biggest fan of dystopias. What is HUMAN.4? I suspect you'll hear many different answers. I'd call it a classic SF/horror story, in the vein of The Twilight Zone. (At times I got a distinct "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" vibe. YouTube video for those unfamiliar with the classic episode.) Mike A. Lancaster d ...more
Wow. This was such a good book. I devoured it, and read it all in one sitting. I couldn't stop.
From the very first page, I was hooked. By the second chapter or so, there was no way I was putting it down soon. I didn't expect to read it all though.
What did I love so much about it? I'm not really sure. It's probably one of the only sci-fi books I've read, so that for me was appealing because it's something new, something that isn't a paranormal romance. Don't get me wrong, I will always love and
Stacy Stosich
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cyprus-book-club
I thought that the book was a gripping and successful thriller. I actually read the book during my lunch break and finished it in two days.

Semi spoiler alert:

However, I do think there were some flaws. I felt that the characterization of the human 1.0 was inconsistent. They seemed like mindless zombies--they had limited emotions and purged their houses of "old" technology. With this information, it seems very implausible that they would care about collecting "antiques" as mentioned in the epilogu
6⋆ /5⋆ (STARS).

Quick backstory of how I regret not reading this sooner:
I still remember the day I picked it up [0.4] from the bookstore's shelves. It was a day after my birthday, year 2014. When I read the blurb, I just knew it would be different, good different. I was about to buy it when I realized I didn't have enough money, although, I could have just asked a friend to lend me some. I came back for that book weeks later, just to find out they were out of stock. Now, after read
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book kind of freaked me out. It was one of those where, after I finished it, I needed to sit and absorb what happened in the story. And then read something light and cheerful to rid myself of the lingering creepy feeling.

Oh, it starts out unassuming enough. Kyle’s a regular guy with some regular friends in an average little town whose major form of entertainment is a talent show on the village green. Then he gets hypnotized, wakes up and everything’s different. Everyone’s different. E
Evan Leach
This book was OK. A British teenager is hypnotized along with three other volunteers at the village fair. When they wake, the four of them find themselves in a strange new world where people are acting very odd and technology behaves in strange ways. Has the whole world gone mad? Are the four of them still hypnotized? Or is something even stranger going on? Basically, this book is The Matrix meets Total Recall, with a dash of Invasion of the Body Snatchers thrown in for spice.

img: Body Snatchers

This is a very qui
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm not even sure where to begin in writing a review for this book, but I absolutely have to do so.

This is probably one of the best books that I've ever read, and that's saying something pretty amazing. It was one of my first purchases when I got a Kindle (having already read it prior to that)and I've reread it a couple times. Each time, it continues to stand up as amazing.

The premise for the book is both creative and really disturbing. There is something about this 'fiction' book that resonates
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is Kyle Striker's story. After some terrible events he finds three tapes to record his story. Kyle Striker was attending a yearly talent show that his village always holds. His friend Danny was performing his hypnotism act and needed four volunteers. Kyle, Lily, and two adults volunteer. When they wake up from the hypnotism everyone in the village is frozen mid action. They have no idea what has happened but that they must not have been affected due to the fact that they were under hypnosis ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I don’t understand how this book didn’t end up an international bestseller or how it didn’t get adapted in to a movie or tv series. Mind-blowingly epic. After the first 20 pages I had ordered the sequel.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked up Human.4 not quite knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. The story kept me engaged and before I knew it, I finished the book in a few hours (it's short). It was also an added treat to find out the book is set in England. You may as well know now, I am an anglophile. Anyway...

It's rare that a book comes out for young adults that truly represents the sci-fi genre. No vampires, fairies, or amazonian girls skilled in weaponry, etc. Just science fiction. The oldest thing you
The book is very fast paced, and at only two hundred pages, it’s also a very fast read. I couldn’t even garner a guess as to how a character developed because there wasn’t much to critique. Kyle seems like a smart kid. Accepting his fate sounded like he was giving up and it wasn’t fair. Nor did any of it make sense. I thought it was flat and boring and there were no questions answered. I hate it when a book does that. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the bizarre concept, but wished there was more developm ...more
Carina Gonzalez
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book messes with your mind the way that Feed by M.T. Anderson does. It challenges the definition of humanity and makes us question our current actions, and what we might want to do with our futures.

I don't want to speak too much on the subject of the book, because I don't want to give it away. It is a quick read with computer-geek-style science fiction coursing through it. Both adults and teens would appreciate this one as there are references that only adults would get, yet the main prota
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Such a great book, such a cool plot!
I really really really enjoy this one. I was expecting it, anyways, because the start is just awesome and incredible interesting, it catch my attention the second I opened it. I didn't read the concept cause I wanted it to be mysterious and tried to make my own hypothesis about what a "0.4" was. The writing style was just awesome and... enchanting; I didn't felt bored at any moment. I feel like something's missing though. Like the potential that it has wasn't
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get into this book at all. It was difficult to follow the storyline with all the incomplete thoughts and unfinished story directions. This book was just a waste of time. ...more
It's a standard day in Millgrove, a small village where about 1,000 people live. Today is the yearly talent show, a wonderful time where people get to let out their mostly terrible talents. Ventriloquism, singing, instruments, and the main act of the year, Hypnotism. Kyle, Lilly, Mrs. O'Donnell, and Mr. Peterson volunteer for part of the act, little knowing that it would change everything, forever. While they are hypnotized something happens, they don't know it yet but humanity in itself would c ...more
Rebecca Lewis
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, wow! This. book. is. incredible.

I can admit I am not an avid reader. I try but I really struggle to find a book that grabs me before I get distracted. My mind races at a million kilometers per hour and I just don't have the self discipline to calm down to a book for a couple hours.

I did NOT put this book down. I borrowed it at the library today after looking for the Maze Runner prequel. After failing I decided to find other books that caught my attention and this one just screamed at me.
Liz Barnsley
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a brave new world. 'My name is Kyle Straker. And I don't exist anymore.' So begins the story of Kyle Straker, recorded on to old audio tapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax. But perhaps they contain the history of a past world...If what the tapes say are true, it means that everything we think we know is a lie. And if everything we know is a lie does that mean that we are, too?

So, firstly I'd love to tell you why this book is clever, but that would spoil it. But keep that in mind.
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Wanted to like it more. Wanted it to be "chilling" as its jacket flap advertises, but no such chills or thrills materialized.

Premise: what if we, like computers, can be auto-updated? What if a small percentage of people missed out on crucial system reboots and became a lower form of life all at once, in the blink of an eye? What if you got left behind while really you were still there all along?

That's what happens to Kyle and his crush and friend's girl Lilly when they and two adults from their
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I decided to read the book: Human.4 as I have NEVER read a science fiction novel before and thought I probably should as it would benefit my learning experience immensely. As I have mentioned, the category of the book is: a science fiction novel and this was interesting to read as it shows different perceptions and important ideas of life. My favourite quote in the book was: " In extraordinary times , the ordinary takes on a glow all of its own. " I love this quote because it is completely true ...more
Kim (Bookishly Me)
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
This book is about Kyle Straker, who has told his story on three tapes. During a local talent show, he volunteers in a hypnotising act with three others. When they wake up they find everybody else frozen. Whilest trying to figure out what happened to them, everybody else 'wakes' up again, but everybody is acting weird including his parents. As one of the 0.4 he is now on the run with the three others, trying to figure out what happened.
Now his story is written down, but if what Kyle is speaking
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was completely awesome. It is original in its ideas, was creepy and left you thinking.

The story consists of transcripts of tapes recorded by Kyle describing events that he went through one summer. I loved this format and particularly loved that the end of tapes cut themselves short and you don;t always know what Kyle was about to stay. The story is supposed to have been published several years after they were taped and I loved that every so often an editors note would be added in offer
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