THE FUTURE WE LEFT BEHIND by Mike A. Lancaster

THE FUTURE WE LEFT BEHIND

Age Range: 12 - 16

KIRKUS REVIEW

This sequel to Human.4 (2012) portrays a not-exactly-science-y future.

Peter is the son of the man who saved the world by inventing robot bees. Destined by his wealthy genius father for a future in science, Peter rebels against both by enrolling in a literature class and befriending Alpha, a girl in a wacky religious cult. Alpha is a Strakerite, following the ancient tapes of Kyle Straker. Kyle and his girlfriend Lilly believed humans are regularly upgraded by aliens. Skeptical at first, Peter is soon convinced; if it doesn’t make sense that humans could have evolved the Link that acts as a telepathic Internet, then clearly it must be because Kyle was right about everything. Peter investigates: Is his father hiding something about the Straker tapes? Alpha has a job, too, even though she’s a girl: “Every upgrade has a Kyle and it has a Lilly,” Peter’s father explains. “…The Lilly paradigm follows her Kyle into the fire.” In choppy prose, Peter takes a journey of bad science and flawed logic in the hopes of saving the world. Despite logic-leaping plot development (which disconcertingly mirrors contemporary political arguments about evolution and “intelligent design”), Peter’s world contains some compelling science-fictional window dressing: not just robot bees but downloadable clothing and filaments allowing direct human-to-computer uplink.

Technology aside, this future looks unimaginatively like the present, from university curriculum to social structures. (Science fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60684-410-6
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Egmont USA
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2012




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