The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: Sci-fi, AI, YA
Pages: eBook, 407 pages
Published: 2 March 2015
Source: eARC provided by the author
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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.
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.
OKAY, SO WHEN DOES THE SECOND BOOK COMES OUT? BECAUSE I. NEED. IT.
I know. I know. The links are just went live.
But you see, we can’t stop here. Don’t leave me like this.
Why did it have to be this short?
First, the plot. It was new and all the usual things at the same time. But somehow, it’s unique.
Second, the characters. Eli is as real as it gets. Cyrus, well, I kinda like him.
NO I’M NOT FALLING!!! And then there’s Lenora, whom I didn’t know what to make out of at first. There’s Marcus, that played what he is greatly. And actually I won’t list all the characters. But what you need to know is that we’ve got an interesting bunch. – WHICH IS WHY I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SECOND BOOK.
Next, the writing. The writing is really great when it comes to details and Eli’s feelings. In normal words, the writing is really great.
The book had just enough of everything. And I absolutely adore Cy and Eli’s friendship. And their love for Eli’s mother. Truth be told, the ending kinda tamped and calmed the story down before shutting down the first book. Which didn’t exactly help.
The story started with no promise of much and somewhat slow. The story proceeded in a really good flow and the next thing you’ll know, you can’t stop. You’ll try but you won’t be able to. I am telling you now.
The setting is more on the mainstream side, and really, the whole religion thing is not my thing, it is where Eli and I agree on.
This is my first book by Susan and this will definitely be not my last. Especially because I need the second book, but really, she’s talented and this is really good.
Overall, the book says a lot of what may happen somewhen in the future. No one can say. And it makes us realize a few things:
- Be careful who you fall in love with.
- And true friends won’t leave you, treat them with love, and never let them go.
- You never know when robots and humanoids will take over the world.