The Legacy Human
The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn
Series: Singularity #1
Print and e-book, 407 pages
Published March 2, 2015
Spiritual successor to the bestselling Mindjack trilogy…
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.
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My thoughts about The Legacy Human ~~
Aargh!! I DO NOT read science fiction! I never have and always said I never would. It never interested me. I always avoided that section in the library and in bookstores. I just don't read science fiction. Period!
And then I discovered Susan Kaye Quinn and her wonderful stories! I started reading her books way back when and I have yet to find one of them that I have not absolutely loved. I read her young adult science fiction Mindjack series, her adult future-noir Debt Collector series, her steam-punk romance Dharian series, and now this story, book #1 in her new young adult science fiction Singularity series. These are all genres that I had never tried before and did you notice all the science fiction on this list? I never thought that science fiction could consist of such great stories. Susan has opened my eyes to wonderful worlds filled with unique characters and unimaginable, but amazing storylines.
The Legacy Human is a wonderful, but yet a little disturbing, beginning to what is planned to be a 7 book series. We are thrown into a world where humans ascend to a higher intelligence and assume a better life. Everything will be perfect for Eli, if and when he can ascend and leave his human life behind. But he finds that things are not what they seem to be in that other, perfect world and he has a hard time figuring out who the good guys are and who are the bad ones. Just like in the real world. Who knew a perfect world would be like that?
I loved this story as it shows us that striving to be perfect and trying to leave all that we know and love behind as we strive for that perfection won't always make us happy. Be careful what you wish for!
I am continually in awe of the stories that SKQ creates. She has such an amazingly creative mind to be able to produce these edge-of-your-seat types of books. I have a hard time putting them down and anxiously wait for her next creation. I look forward to reading more stories in this Singularity series. And I can now say that I will embrace the science fiction genre, especially if the stories are as entertaining as this one was.
About the author
Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.
Susan left writing behind to pursue a bunch of engineering degrees, but she was drawn back to writing by an irresistible urge to share her stories with her niece, her kids, and all the wonderful friends she’s met along the way.
She doesn’t have to sneak her notes anymore, which is too bad.
Susan writes from the Chicago suburbs with her three boys, two cats, and one husband. Which, it turns out, is exactly as a much as she can handle.
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