The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)

The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508557494
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/19/2015
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 890,158
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. She writes young adult science fiction, with side trips into adult future-noir, royal fantasy romance, and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German, and featured in several anthologies.

She writes full-time from Chicago, inventing mind powers and dreaming of the Singularity.

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The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
An enjoyable ride
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Humanity has done it, created a “better human.” Part human, part machine, these hybrids have the potential to live forever, while forsaking individuality, they are more intelligent, stronger and even more attractive than a mere unenhanced human. They even take “legacy” humans under their wings to protect them, encourage their strong points and just maybe, one day, they too, can ascend to “perfection” and everlasting life. All they must do, as a teen is win the Creative Olympics, the prize, becoming an immortal hybrid. Eli has talent as an artist, he also has a mother who is dying from the ravages of cancer and he must turn to the black market for possible cures. If he could win the Olympics, he could save his mother. What Eli discovers are the lies he has been told by his mentor and protector, the secrets his mother has kept and the truth about the Olympics when they become deadly. All he can do is stay alive, keep his friends close and stay one step ahead of the enemies he didn’t know he had. Susan Kaye Quinn’s THE LEGACY HUMAN is the story of a boy who would do anything to save his mother, but who discovers there is more to being human than meets the eye, because, imperfect or not, only humans can feel and understand what “being alive” truly is. I was fascinated by Susan Kaye Quinn’s dystopian world! What a concept, a society striving for perfection at the cost of what makes them human! What a story, non-stop action, be it mental or physical! Tremendous character concepts that come to life giving one chills and questioning who can be trusted and who is truly the most flawed?
kitty_ranma More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable sci-fi. I have both ebook and audible versions. I wish we could give half stars as well, I'd have given this story a 4 and a half. For me there was a little too much teen angst and teen crushing. But otherwise I loved it. A little about myself I'm a woman in my mid 50s, and I really enjoyed this so I would not consider it just a young adult book. The narration is great, Nick Podehl really brings the story to life. He differentiates between characters wonderfully. This audiobook was given to me for free at my request from the publisher or author or narrator and I provided this voluntary review.
SJT22 More than 1 year ago
I loved the fascinating future-world of this story, which of course is a series. I couldn't give this book a 5 because there were enough errors in the copy it annoyed me, and because I thought the ending was very abrupt, and for me not as satisfying as I would have liked. Still, I'd read it again in a heartbeat and look forward to reading the rest.
RayBear More than 1 year ago
“…the gift isn’t something separate from you. It’s your work that brings the gift into the world, not the other way around.” (p. 169). Elija Brighton is a painter and a legacy human or a human descendant that was left behind when many Ascended to a higher and ‘better’ state of being. Legacies are given one chance in this future world to Ascend, by winning the ‘creative’ Olympics. Eli has a real chance to win because he is the best painter in the world – when he’s in the fugue state that is. He doesn’t know how to control the fugue state or what makes it happen. Understanding and controlling the fugue state is the only thing standing in the way of him winning, or so he thinks. I love that this story discusses the soul in a science fiction (futuristic/technological) context and in a way that ties it directly into the importance of the plot. The concept of a soul is not made to feel overtly religious or overtly philosophical. At times the plot did feel mildly contrived and the concept of Ascender versus Legacy was brought up again and again. Eli’s thoughts go again and again into the fact that Ascenders (especially his Ascender crush Lenora) don’t give Legacies the time of day unless it suits their purposes. I liked how Quinn connected the fugue state to channeling Eli’s inner creativity and getting in touch with his inner self, his very soul. As the book and the Olympic games went on, they reminded me more and more of the Hunger Games, just with less violence and more philosophical/moral questions involved around the end goal of Ascendance. I loved Basha and wanted more of her in the book, she seemed like more of a dynamic character than Kamali, but I liked Kamali as well.
J-Anderson- More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and a start to a promising series. I immediately felt a connection to the main character. Susan has created a world that is intriguing and characters that I want as friends. I can't wait to learn what happens next in this post singularity world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable story that is almost predictable. Bingaux