0.4 by Mike Lancaster
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd
Released: January 2011
Review Format: Paperback Edition (own copy)
Read: February 2011
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 onto old audiotapes. You might think these tapes are a hoax, but perhaps they contain the history of a past world....If what the tapes say is 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?
This story is set out in a very unusual way. It starts out with an Editor’s note explaining about some audio cassettes that have been found and passed on to the authorities. The tapes are then transcribed by the authorities and written down as told on tape by Kyle, the main character. There are no ‘chapters’ in the book as such, just Tape One, side 1, Tape One, side 2 etc. I know it sounds strange, but it works. Really well.
0.4 was a very quick read at just 273 pages and I devoured it in just two sittings. It tells the story of Kyle Straker, a teen from Millgrove, a small village in Cambridgeshire, England and three of his fellow villagers. Lilly is a teenager like Kyle, but the other two main characters Kate O’Donnell and Mr Peterson, are both adults, which I thought was unusual for a Young Adult book, but it worked well. Although there’s not a lot of information about the characters’ lives before the ‘event’ took place that changed everything for them, I really felt like I knew the characters. They were all likeable and totally believable.
Mike Lancaster has an awesome imagination to come up with a plot like this. Just as I thought I understood where we were going, everything changed and I was kept guessing right up to the last page. 0.4 isn’t a scary book, but the concept will creep you out. I’m getting goose bumps again just thinking about it and I can guarantee it’s not a book you’ll forget about in a month or two!
As you’ve probably guessed, I really enjoyed this book. There’s no blood and gore, sex or bad language and I think it will be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. I would really love to hear more about Kyle and Lilly and what happened after this book ended. I read on I Was a Teenage Book Geek’s review of this book that there is to be a sequel, which is great news!
Would I recommend this book? Most definitely! Go pick yourself a copy up this weekend. You won’t regret it!
My rating: 4 stars