Reviewed by Meghan S.

Kyle Straker volunteered along with three other people to be hypnotized during a talent show by one of his friends. He figured it’d just be him hypnotized to cluck like a chicken and that’d be it. Boy, was he wrong.

He and the three others wake up to find everyone sitting completely still, not blinking. Kyle, thinking it’s a joke, calls out to them that they can quit the joke. Nobody moves. That’s when Kyle thinks something a lot more sinister is going on. And when he and the others find that no communicational devices work in their village and the computers are streaming a weird, moving language, he knows something sinister is going on. Is it a plague? …Aliens??

Narrated through cassette tapes, Kyle Straker unfolds his chilling story of technology gone too far.

I want to say first that I did enjoy this book. There are several flaws, though, that held me back from liking it more.

The characters in Human.4 seemed a little flat and lacked personalities. I didn’t feel the fear that I thought I should have. I didn’t feel as much as I wanted to or thought I should for these characters. I was well aware that this was just a book the entire time. Usually, if a book is really great, it’ll have me feeling what the characters feel and have me silently cheering for their well being. In this book, I simply didn’t think of it.

The plot was a very interesting one and this is where Human.4 shines. Mike A. Lancaster dreamed up this amazing concept. The whole book was treated like these happenings really went on and that this whole thing was real, which I really liked. I wished that Lancaster would have touched upon and explained some things more, which makes me think that there will be a sequel, if not several. This brings me hope that I can feel more for the characters, if there is a sequel.

The writing was excellent, and it described things in a great way. I was imagining what Lancaster was describing for me, which is a very good thing.

Overall, the details and the plot saved this book for me and although it was not my favorite, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read and a worthwhile one. Do not let the flaws stop you from reading Human.4 and coming up with your own opinion.

Rating: 3/5

Meghan is a 17-year-old book blogger. She likes to read and write in her spare time and would like to become a published author one day.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Goodman Media International. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.