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250 Word review: The Future we left behind (AKA 1.4)

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Summary (From
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?

Title: The Future We left behind
Author: Mike A. Lancaster
Length: 384 Pages
Source: Review copy from NetGalley
Series? YesPoint 4 #2, preceded by 0.4

Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Readability: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★

My opinion:
1.4 follows 1000 years after the events of 0.4, when the Straker tapes were recorded. Dominated by The Link, which functions inside people’s heads to connect them, get news and change outfits, this world scoffs at the Straker tapes; considering them a myth. We follow Peter, the son of a famous anti-Straker scientist, and Alpha, the new girl at college who turns out to be a Strakerite.

Whilst Kyle and his friends coped with the aftermath of an upgrade in 0.4, Peter and Alpha are facing the possibility that one is about to happen. Alpha shows Peter evidence of an upcoming human upgrade, hoping he can suspend the skepticism drilled into him by his father, and work with her to find a way to prevent it.

I really liked Peter’s character; the thoughtful nerd who can laugh at himself for downloading Link upgrades that make him feel like he’s in a game. I truly felt for him as he discovers his memories don’t quite add up, and his thoughts aren’t as private as they should be. However, the rest of the characters were a little disappointing. Alpha was okay, but for me, the ‘villains’ of the book just weren’t quite there, they felt two-dimensional.

The plot was gripping, and the book was good overall, I just felt it didn’t live up to the fantastic 0.4.

Buy it? Probably a borrow for me.
In a nutshell: Good enough to make me desperate for book 3.

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