What would you give to live forever? 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 Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.
Praise for The Legacy Human
“This book is Hunger Games (without the violence or controversy) meets Divergent.”
“This story is so intense I felt I couldn’t get a proper breath.”
“Science fiction with philosophical depth!”
My review for Singularity:
I had the opportunity to read this book on Kindle as part of a blog tour. I appreciate the chance to try out things written by authors I had previously never heard of.
With that said, let me share some thoughts on The Legacy Human. The tale takes place sometime in the future when human beings are in the minority and are valued only for their DNA. As with many dystopian societies, the humans are regulated to certain cities, like Seattle, where our protagonist Elijah, lives. These few cities are not maintained and food is available on a ration basis only.
Next are the “ascenders”. Imagine being able to live forever, having extraordinary intellect and heightened senses, wealth, power, amazing strength and speed, and the ability to communicate without speech. Wouldn’t you be willing to do all you could to ascend? All it takes is the placement of a few carefully placed neuron enhancers. Simple, right?
Now in Eli’s lifetime, one can only ascend if they win a gold medal in the Olympics. Though the idea comes from the Olympics of our day, there are no feats of running, swimming, or skiing. Instead the categories are art, storytelling, dance and drama.
The competition is fierce and even deadly, often cutthroat. A human can only enter if his talent is exceptional and he/she has an ascender patron. Eli is one who is desperate to ascend, for a good cause – he wants to help cure his mother of what ails her.
As with many dystopian societies, all is not as perfect as it seems. To find out the whole story and to see if Eli’s plans work out, you’ll have to read the book.
It seemed out to start out slowly and it took me awhile to get into it, but once the action picked up it was hard to put down. Overall, I would give The Legacy Human a solid 4 stars.
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.
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