I picked Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster up in paperback because I thought my son would like to read it. He’s not a reluctant reader, but he doesn’t read unless I make him do it for homeschool. I like science fiction so I typically choose SF for him as well. Oddly enough, he’s never once complained about my choices.
So I picked up Human.4 for him, handed it over, and he read it. I asked him what he thought and here’s basically how that went:
ME: So, did you like it?
ME: What was it about?
HIM: Read it and find out.
ME: Was it like the Matrix?
ME: Like Body Snatchers?
HIM: No. I’m not gonna tell you, so read it and find out.
Yup. Did I mention he was 15?
So I did read it. It’s a quick read, only 231 pages in my PB copy. And I did like it. My teenager did mention that it started slow, and I agree. It took a little long to get going in my opinion, but it picked up and got interesting once the action started.
I don’t enjoy doing plot run-downs, so I’m not going to do that here, I’m just going to let you know what I did and didn’t like. Here we go:
Young adult science fiction – there is not a lot of this around so I enjoy the fact that it simply exists.
The premise is actually quite well-thought out I think. I have two science degrees, so I look for that stuff. I don’t mind suspending belief in certain places, but there are little details that must add up or I can’t get past it. Nothing in this book required me to suspend belief. I like that a lot.
It was a clean read for my teen boy. I’m the last one to talk about clean reads with my nasty little Junco character in my books, but I do actually prefer that my son read something with less profanity.
Changes that might make it better:
I did not care for the commentary. I felt it pulled me out of the novel, however, my son never mentioned this and he’s the one that counts.
That’s pretty much it.
I asked him if he wanted the sequel and he did, but only in paperback, so I had to order it from TBD. We’re waiting for it to come right now and then he’ll read that. (And so will I because he’ll refuse to tell me anything about it!)