I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn
Series: Singularity #1
on March 2, 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the author
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When transcending humanity is the prize, winning the Game is all that matters.
Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.
The Legacy Human is the first in a new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.
This. Book. GAH! I can’t possibly recommend this book enough! Also, it’s only .99 right now… just sayin’.
The first description that I heard of this book was that it was about a boy who wanted to become a robot. Based on that description alone, I figured it could be interesting, but I couldn’t really fathom how a whole book could spiral out from that. Susan describes it as a “reverse Pinnochio story”, but even that really is simplifying it too much. This story is so complex and detailed, that I simply fell into it. It is a massive story, that can’t be told all at once. There were occasions throughout the book where I just stopped to take it all in, and thought to myself “Susan really did think of everything.” She brought real life to Eli, so that I felt like losing his humanity would be a true loss. I agonized over his choices as much as the characters did!
As much as the story is science-fiction, it fits snugly into several other genres as well. There are moments of spirituality, and moments of mystery. Fans of Dystopians will also be won over, by a story of both devastation and hope in a future world, where transcending humanity may not be all it’s cut out to be. I am beyond excited for the rest of this series, and hope I don’t have to wait too long for book 2!
It takes a lot for an author to win my undying devotion, my complete faith as a reader, but Susan Kaye Quinn can most definitely count herself among them. She just keeps delivering the highest quality of Indie books. Seriously. If you haven’t read any of her books, this is a great place to start!
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