Monday, June 30, 2014

0.4 (Point 4, #1) by Mike A. Lancaster

Release date: January 3rd 2011
Info about author: Goodreads - Twitter
Publisher: Egmont
Age group: YA
Pages: 272
Buy the book: Amazon - Book Depository

Description (from Goodreads):

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?


Starting with this book, I wasn't completely sure what to expect. The description from Goodreads is extremely vague and the only thing I kind of got out of it was the fact that the book focuses on some sort of change that takes place and affects the humanity. Things got much clearer as I started to read (duhh) and here's what's up: tapes explaining the events that took place in a very ordinary day in an English village recorded by Kyle Straker are found. On that day, a talent show in a town fair featuring hypnosis turns into something extremely unexpected when Kylen, Lilly, Kate and Mr. Peterson notice that they are the only "normal" ones left in the village while the others are first frozen and then suddenly become almost hostile and dangerous.

This is one of those books that is EXTREMELY hard to review without giving up any spoilers, but I'll attempt to somehow do it without ruining it for you in case you want to pick it up. The novel is structured as an edited account of the three tapes found in which Kyle explains what happened and what he was feeling at the moment etc. The writing is good and the story is extremely fast-paced, occasionally to an extent that you actually wish there were more details about the events and the happenings. The narration is very subjective and only through the point of view of Kyle, and it will be interesting to see whether we at some point in the following novels get to see things through the eyes of the other characters.

One of my favorite things about this novel were the annotations in the text added by the "editor" explaining some of the things discussed to the readers in the "future" - it is a history book for the people who were not there to witness the humanity as we see it today. 

Due to the fact that this book is quite short, occasionally the character rush to certain conclusions without much doubt - I think if the story would have been extended just a bit, this issue could have been solved. I feel like as an adult sci-fi book this novel would have worked maybe even better, because that way the author probably would have included more details about the world he has created. There are sequels to this one though, so maybe those include more world building.

All in all, I really quite enjoyed this book and would love to pick up the sequel at some point. 

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