Book Tour | Review | Giveaway | The Legacy Human & The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn

Inline image 1What 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 rain forest 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 Book review | The Legacy Human by Susan Kaye Quinn | 5 starsthe 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.


Review

This is my first book tour/review, and though I thought the premise of the book seemed fascinating, it’s always difficult to tell just by the cover and the synopsis whether you’ll really like a book. Luckily it did like the book, in fact I LOVED it and I need to get my hands on the sequel (The Duality Bridge) asap!

Before going any further, you should probably know that this will a seven books series, that excludes the prequel, as well as the novellas. Quite a commitment, but the first one is definitely worth it!

Writing Style: like most YA novels, the story is very fast-paced and events occur continuously. There is never a dull moment. The writing style reflects this, it’s easy to read, which makes the book a fast read. Personally, my favorite kind of YA novel. There were only two specific sentences in the whole book that bothered me. The first one is one of those cliché sentences that are found in all the YA novels nowadays: “I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding” (p. 152/279 epub). The second one was a Dutch sentence: “Dit is waar je zult vinden de meeste en de natuurlijkste beweeglijkheid” (p. 183/279 epub). I don’t know who checked this sentence, but it can’t have been a native speaker, as the Dutch break up their verbs and put them at the end of the sentence. No one  would say it this way. “Dit is waar je de meeste en de natuurlijkste beweeglijkheid zult vinden” would be better. There’s a couple of lines in French as well, but not being able to read that (not really) I’m not one to judge whether that was in fact correct. Besides those two short sentences however, I could find no fault with Quinn’s writing style.

Story line: this was one of the most interesting dystopian story-lines I’ve read in a while (besides the one from Thea Beckman). The interplay between humans and ascenders is fascinating. There is the obvious assumption by ascenders that because they’re ascended they’re simply better than regular humans. They’re faster, stronger, more sensitive and so on. And therefore of course better than humans. The main character agrees with this vision, which is why he wants to ascend. There are themes of oppression, discrimination, love, trust, and identity. All these are worked out amazingly and work beautifully together.

Characters: I’m sure we haven’t seen all there is to most of the characters yet. It was already fascinating to see however, how most of these characters all had their own agendas and acted on those independently of the other characters. Sometimes the agendas would overlap and they could work together. It was great to see such complex characters in a YA novel. I can’t wait to read and learn more about all of them, especially Eli.


Duality BridgeLuckily the next book just came out! I’ve got an eBook of it and I can’t wait to finish it (yes, I’ve already started!).

I hope you’re as excited as I am to (start or) continue this story!


Giveaway

$25 Amazon eGift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends: 6th of September

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com eGift Card or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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About the author

SusanSusan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.

Susan Kaye Quinn
The Legacy Human
(cover art by Dale Robert Pease)
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2015)
Paperback £ 8.99 (UK)

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