The Future We Left Behind

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Thousands of years in the future, the divide between humanity and technology has become nearly unrecognizable. Each thought, each action is logged, coded, backed up. Data is as easily exchanged through the fiber-optic-like cables that extend from fingertips as it might be through ordinary conversation. It’s a brave new world: A world that the Straker Tapes say is a result of many human “upgrades.” But no one is sure whether the Straker Tapes are a work of fiction or an eerie peek into an unimaginable past.

Nearly sixteen-year-old Peter Vincent has been raised to believe that everything that the backward Strakerites cling to is insane—an utter waste of time and potential. Since his father is David Vincent, genius inventor of the artificial bees that saved the world’s crops and prevented massive famine, how could Peter believe anything else? But when Peter meets Alpha, a Strakerite his own age, suddenly the theories about society-upgrades don’t sound quite so crazy, especially when she shows him evidence that another upgrade is imminent. And worse, there may be a conspiracy by the leaders of the establishment to cover it up. A conspiracy spearheaded by Peter’s own father.

Gripping and full of unexpected twists, The Future We Left Behind takes the unsettling questions raised in Human.4 and flips them entirely. What if we knew that the very way we live was about to be changed in an instant, and we could stop it? And what if everything we are sure we know is entirely wrong?

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 384
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.4
Reading Counts! Points 14.0
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF001000, YAF055000, YAF015000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 830
ATOS Reading Level 6.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 155143
Accelerated Reader® Points 9.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents


Library Media Connection

“Lancaster’s science fiction novel is a read as quick and compelling as its predecessor, Human.4.” —Library Media Connection

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[A] stimulating read well worth contemplating.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


“Lancaster effortlessly incorporates into his whiz-bang plot big ideas of science versus religion….Fans of Human.4 didn’t see this giant leap forward coming—and that more than anything is the hallmark of great sf.” —starred, Booklist