Review: The Legacy Human

The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn


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Synopsis: 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.

Bookish Things: 413 pages. The cover is eye-catching and quite fitting for the story. This is book #1 in the Singularity Series.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for free.

My Review: 

Mind blown

What an epic idea!

Susan paints a rather intricate story and throws in some great, flawed and realistic characters. I didn’t always like the decisions our main character, Elijah (Eli), made, but I always liked him as a character. His confusion and logic wasn’t always perfect or neat and he was able to bend the rules when needed, blur the black and white to make an interesting shade of grey.

It’s quite amusing to me that I found his best friend Cy, my favourite character. It’s been quite some time that a supporting/back up character has done this. Kudos Susan for creating a great character in Cy.

kudos drink salute

Particularly his sarcastic sense of humour. I often chuckled along when he mentioned ‘shiny pants’.
Side Note: It’s more difficult than it probably sounds to find a pic/gif of shiny pants that isn’t sexual or kink related!

When I read the blurb for this book, I must admit I went in thinking we’d have copious detailed descriptions of the act of ascending and I visualised something like this:


What I got instead, was an action-packed ride of self discovery laced with tech and robotic glory. It was a brilliant mix of science and religion.

The idea that the arts form an Olympics to gain access to imortality was brilliant. I loved that the various ‘schools’ of creativity were celebrated and used in perfect ways to further Eli’s journey. Add to this, the incredible visual descriptions that Susan painted (pun intended) on the page and I was tapping that kindle screen just as fast as I could to keep going with the story.

I noticed no errors in this book, a brilliant feeling as someone with a keen eye for errors and typos.

I enjoyed this story so much I have already gone and bought all other books and novellas in this series! But, I can’t give it 5/5 because I feel at times the tone was a bit too Young Adult for the story and world that had been built. Sometimes this kicked me out of the story and was a real shame, because this should be 5/5!

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