Monday, 12 November 2012

The Future We Left Behind (ARC) by Mike A. Lancaster

The Future We Left Behind (Point 4, #2) Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 of many human "upgrades." But no one is sure whether the Straker Tapes are a work of fiction or an eerie peek into an unimaginable past.

Nearly sixteen-year-old Peter Vincent has been raised to believe that everything that the backward Strakerites cling to is insane--an utter waste of time and potential. Since his father is David Vincent, genius inventor of the artificial bees that saved the world's crops and prevented massive famine, how could Peter believe anything else?

But when Peter meets Alpha, a Strakerite his own age, suddenly the theories about society-upgrades don't sound quite so crazy, especially when she shows him evidence that another upgrade is imminent. And worse, there may be a conspiracy by the leaders of the establishment to cover it up. A conspiracy spearheaded by Peter's own father.

Gripping and full of unexpected twists, The Future We Left Behind takes the unsettling questions raised in Human.4, and flips them entirely. What if we knew that the very way we live was about to be changed in an instant, and we could stop it? And what if everything we are sure we know is entirely wrong?

The Future We Left Behind by Mike A. Lancaster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Future We Left Behind (Point 4, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to EgmontUSA and Netgalley.)
This is the second book in the 0.4 series.
It’s been thousands of years since the human’s operating systems were updated from 0.4 to 1.0, in fact only a small group of people even believe that this really happened. The ‘Strakerites’ as they are known are labelled as ‘superstitious primitives’ and live together in twin crystal towers within New Cambridge.

15-year-old Peter Vincent lives in New Cambridge, and has a bit of a famous father. David Vincent is renowned for creating artificial honey bees to replace real bees when they became endangered due to a mite infection. He’s also renowned for his disbelief in Strakerism.

When Peter befriends a girl in his class called Alpha, he gets a whole lot more than he bargained for. Alpha and her family are Strakerites, and as events fall into place, Peter finds that he too begins to believe that Kyle Straker might have actually existed.

I liked this book. To be perfectly honest I liked it more than book1 – 0.4. Peter is a much more interesting character, and I liked both Peter and Alpha much more than I liked Kyle and Lily. The story was a bit different, not the sort of thing you would normally come across, and I liked finding out how humanity had progressed post the 1.0 upgrade.

I thought that the story flowed better, the ideas were better, and whole thing was just generally more entertaining.

I did find that towards the end (around the 70% mark) I had a bit of an ‘as-if’ moment, I really don’t see how the original village in 0.4 ended up where it was in this book, but I suppose that could be explained away with the advanced technology available at that time.

Overall; If you liked 0.4, you’ll like this, although again, I would suggest that this book is aimed at a younger teenage market.
7.5 out of 10.

The Future We Left Behind will be released on November 13th 2012


  1. This is such a fresh concept. I really like it. I am going to look into book one.

  2. Not a book that I will be searching for although Jennifer is right it does have a good concept. Well written review.

  3. It always scares me when there's stories about humankind coming to depend on technology. Oh, wait...

  4. This was not on my new release list or on my radar at all, so thanks -- I've added it to my post!
    Thanks for linking :)