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The Legacy Human (Singularity Series Book 1) by [Quinn, Susan Kaye]
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Singularity Series
young adult science fiction
  • The Legacy Human (Book 1)
  • The Duality Bridge (Book 2)
  • The Illusory Prophet (Book 3) - coming soon
  • Stories of Singularity #1-4 (novellas)
Mindjack Saga
young adult science fiction
  • Open Minds (Book 1) 
  • Closed Hearts (Book 2)
  • Free Souls (Book 3)
  • Mindjack Short Story Collection
The Royals of Dharia
sweet, royal romance
  • Third Daughter (Book 1)
  • Second Daughter (Book 2) 
  • First Daughter (Book 3)
The Debt Collector
sexy, gritty future-noir
  • Season One - Lirium
  • Season Two - Wraith
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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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  • File Size: 1304 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. (I also did a bit of proofreading and caught some minor glitches, which should be gone when the book is released on March 2nd, 2015.)

I'm a huge fan of Susan Kaye Quinn's writing, and I've been eagerly awaiting this book, to see what she would do with the concept of the singularity ( She approached it from the opposite direction than I thought she would go: humans using advanced tech to become hyper-advanced androids with all their memories from when they were mere humans intact, rather than artificial intelligences advancing up to and then far beyond human capacity.

The plot and setting of the book invites comparisons to Hunger Games and Divergent, as other reviewers have already noted. It comes off well in those comparisons; the dystopian aspects of life for the legacy humans is not as grim or brutal as in the other two books (what ills the humans suffer are more from benign neglect than from any malice), and the competitions are solo performances in the arts, not to-the-death combats in an arena. The actual moments of competition are downplayed in Legacy Human. This is a good thing for the many people who find the trope of teens being forced to slaughter each other disturbing. Face it, that should disturb us. Kudos to Quinn for creating a competition with life-or-death stakes which doesn't involve slaughter.

But for my money, the better comparison is to Gulliver's Travels, or to The Matrix (before the sequels ruined it). Because like those two works, it's a story that can be read on two levels.
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Eli is an artist, creating paintings for his patron, Lenora. But their relationship is not the traditional Artist/Patron... because Lenora isn't human, and Eli is a Legacy trapped in a world where he must serve to live.

When the Singularity happened and most humans ascended to become something greater, a number of creative and religious types chose to remain human. Now, their descendents are forced to remain human, Legacies to keep the arts alive. But Legacies aren't just denied to chance to ascend; they are also denied technology and advanced medical care, forced to live on the bare minimum. When Eli's talent is brought to the attention of one of the Ascended, Lenora, she becomes his patron, buying him art supplies and encouraging him to expand his talent. With a dying mother to take care of, Eli wants more... he wants to ascend, knowing this is his only way to gain the technology to heal his mother.

THE LEGACY HUMAN is a fun new take on a dystopian world, especially knowing that the Legacies are the way they are because their own ancestors had the chance to ascend - to become greater - and turned it down. While reading this story, a question ran through my mind: Are the ascended really greater, or are the humans with their creative spark the true elite? The ascended go through their daily lives bettering themselves without really caring about these humans who they are supposed to be nurturing, leaving them without the basic resources to survive. The Olympics - held on a yearly basis - give the humans the hope to ascend, knowing that four talented youngsters will be chosen and given a chance to be "better" than their peers.

This author has always been great at giving us well-developed characters who allow us to experience the story through their adventures.
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This. Book. GAH! I can't possibly recommend this book enough!

The first description that I heard of this book was that it was about a boy who wanted to become a robot. Based on that description alone, I figured it could be interesting, but I couldn't really fathom how a whole book could spiral out from that. Susan describes it as a "reverse Pinnochio story", but even that really is simplifying it too much. This story is so complex and detailed, that I simply fell into it! It is a massive story, that can't be told all at once. There were occasions throughout the book where I just stopped to take it all in, and thought to myself "Susan thought of everything." She brought real life to Eli, so that I felt like losing his humanity would be a true loss. I agonized over his choices as much as the characters did!

As much as the story is science-fiction, it fits snugly into several other genres as well. There are moments of spirituality, and moments of mystery. Fans of Dystopians will also be won over, by a story of both devastation and hope in a future world, where transcending humanity may not be all it's cut out to be. I am beyond excited for the rest of this series, and hope I don't have to wait too long for book 2!

It takes a lot for an author to win my undying devotion, my complete faith as a reader, but Susan Kaye Quinn can most definitely count herself among them. She just keeps delivering the highest quality of stories. Seriously. If you haven't read any of her books, this is a great place to start!

A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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