Title: Human 0.4
Author: Mike A Lancaster
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy (it is difficult to fit into a category)
Publication date: 03 January 2011
Source: my own copy
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 onto old audiotapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax, but perhaps they contain the history of a past world....If what the tapes say is 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?
Kyle and his friends attend the yearly Talent Show, cringing at the acts and “talents” of their neighbours. When he and his ex-girl feel sorry for their friend and volunteer as subjects for his hypnosis sketch, they don’t know that this simple act will mean that they are left behind while the rest of the world moves on. Their lives are changed forever.
This was a quick and enjoyable read for me. It tells the story of Kyle and the 0.4’s of the world, now part of history.
Who are the 0.4’s? And are we living under an illusion?
How real is our world?
This is all questions that the “reader” tries to answer through the transcripts of the tapes that Kyle made (with quite hilarious explanations at times).
I don’t want to say much more as this will definitely spoil this story for you. But if you love stories with a “Whaf if our world is not real . . . “ – plot like I do, this is a book for you. You will not be disappointed!