The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)

The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)

by Susan Kaye Quinn


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508557494
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/19/2015
Series: Singularity Series , #1
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 1,191,629
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) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait to read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like reading a movie. Kudos to the 10th power! DMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable ride
Anonymous 6 days ago
Three and a half stars. Set in a future world where most of humanity has 'Ascended' and become immortal part human part machines, Elijah Brighton is one of a small number of legacy humans, descendants of those who refused to ascend for religious or other reasons. Treated as second-class citizens, almost pets, by the Ascended, the legacies live in what is left of the old cities, dependant on the Ascended for food and money. Elijah is an artist, supported by his sponsor Lenora, what she doesn't know is that Elijah's best work is created when he is in a fugue state, something he has no control over. His mother has cancer, something that the Ascended can easily cure, but will die unless Elijah can get her the drugs she needs or persuade Lenora to let them ascend, something that is now forbidden to legacies. Then Elijah is offered the opportunity to compete in the artistic Olympics, the gold medal prize is ascension for the winner and his/her family, by Lenora's second, Marcus. This is where the book started to feel very much like The Hunger Games, young people competing for an audience of sophisticated, superior beings. Just like THG, the competitors and their sponsors are not above trying to nobble the opposition, put them off or kill them and each competitor has a sponsor to guide them and advocate on their behalf. I liked this but I didn't love it. I felt that the story kind of lost its way a bit in the middle, the focus changed to add in a romantic element and I didn't really understand the twist about Elijah and his fugue state, there were too many strands pulling together and then the introduction of a Resistance group became a bit too much. However, having said that, this was an interesting take on a future world where humans are the inferior race and I will probably read the second book in the series to see how the Resistance continue with their quest for the answer to The Question.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Susan Kaye Quinn creates a layered post-singularity world that I believed with every cell in my body! I stayed submerged in her world, and in the book, most of this weekend. It would make a great movie. Are you listening, Hollywood?
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book is incredible. It has it all: complex, real characters, a vivid and intricate world, an intriguing plot, and beautiful, poetic writing. It makes you think and wonder what it means to be human. From the very first page, you are swept up in the world and are taken on a fantastic ride. I found myself laughing and crying along with the characters, captivated by the amazing, lyrical writing. The idea and world are truly interesting, and also seem realistic. The writing is vivid and poetic, and every single word has a purpose that adds so much to the story. I was unable to put the book down, and it kept me up reading late into the night. It is officially one of my favorite books EVER. (And that's really saying something. I read a lot of books. Reading is practically my life.) You will not regret reading this amazing book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
It was kind of a reverse Pinnochio where a boy wanted to become an object.
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