Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Review: The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn

The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)The Legacy Human

Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Series: Singularity
Publisher: Self
Pages: 412
Release date: 2nd March 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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.

Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars

First things first! How awesome is the cover, I absolutely love it and it suits the story within perfectly.

The Legacy Human is the first book in the Singularity series and unfortunately started off quite slowly for me so I originally put it aside and started it again recently when my mood suited which I’m pleased I did because it is an interesting, creative world Susan Kaye Quinn has created.

Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton is a legacy human, kept because of his genetic code, he is fiercely loyal and has a passion for art. His dream is to become an Ascender so that he can possibly get the medical assistance that his ill mother urgently needs. Eli was a great character, I usually like my male leads with a little bit more self-assurance and strength but what I felt he lacked here he made up for with intelligence and devotion. There is also something a little ‘different’ about Eli that was hinted at in the beginning that I was quite eager to learn more about, I found this aspect interesting and was explained well.

When Eli is given an opportunity to compete in the creative Olympics, he is more than willing despite the fiercely competitive opponents, as well as political games from the Ascenders. The plot is original and thought-provoking, what started as a slow paced read for me picked up and kept me thoroughly entertained.

The richly detailed world Susan Kaye Quinn has built is imaginative, intense and unique, I enjoy a good sci-fi dystopian, the Ascenders who are part human part machine are now the dominant species and the humans are more or less their slaves, the Olympics that the Ascenders held were competitive and thrilling.

All of the side characters were interesting and played an important role overall, I found the Ascenders and their unusual ways to be interesting but I never quite knew whether or not they could be trusted. I loved the friendship Eli shared with Cyrus.

Susan Kaye Quinn’s writing is crisp and engaging, the world-building is unique and the plot once it took off became an action filled adventure. The Legacy Human is a nice start to this futuristic dystopian series.

Susan Kaye QuinnAbout the author:

Singularity Series
The Legacy Human (Singularity 1)

Mindjack Saga
Open Minds (Mindjack #1)
Closed Hearts (Mindjack #2)
Free Souls (Mindjack #3)
WATCH the award-winning live-action Mindjack Book Trailer!

Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1)
Second Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #2)
First Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #3)

Debt Collector Season One
Debt Collector Season Two
WATCH the Debt Collector Book Trailer

Synchronic-13 Tales of Time Travel
Telepath Chronicles-Stories of Mind-Bending Awesome
AI Chronicles

Faery Swap
WATCH the Faery Swap Book Trailer

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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  1. The world sounds interesting and agree the cover is cool. I will be anxious to see your thoughts on book two

  2. I definitely agree about the cover! And the synopsis makes it sound like a pretty unique book - I can't say I've heard anything like that before!


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