The Legacy Human
by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Singularity - Book 1
Publication Date: March 2, 2015
Publisher: Susan Kaye Quinn
Genre: YA SciFi
Print Length: 413 pages
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 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.
The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn
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?