The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn

The Duality Bridge
Susan Kaye Quinn
(cover art by Dale Robert Pease)
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2015)
Paperback: $14.99 (US)

Book review | The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn | 4 stars



Elijah Brighton is the face of the Human Resistance Movement. He’s the Olympic-level painter who refused an offer of immortality from the ascenders—the human/machine hybrids who run the world—in solidarity with the legacy humans who will never get a chance to live forever.

Too bad it’s all a complicated web of lies.

Worse, Eli’s not even entirely human. Few know about the ascenders’ genetic experiments that left him… different. Fewer know about the unearthly fugue state that creates his transcendent art—as well as a bridge that lets him speak to the dead. But the Resistance is the one place he can hide from the ascender who knows everything the fugue can do. Because if Marcus finds him, he’ll either use Eli for his own nefarious purposes… or destroy him once and for all.


As you know, I was very excited to continue this series, though also a bit hesitant, because all the reviews I’d seen were so terribly positive. It can’t all be perfect, right? No, it can’t, though it’s close. As in the first book, the characters are complicated, all with their own agendas and plans. I love this, because it makes the plot more complicated and intriguing. It’s fun trying to figure out who wants what and why.

There were only two things I felt were missing, especially in comparison to the first book. Firstly, there’s a lack of action. Sure, a lot is still going on, but most of it happens in Eli’s head, or the fugue state, not in reality as the rest of the people know it. Secondly, a lot of people we got to know in the first book only have tiny roles in this book. I would’ve loved for them to play a bigger part in the story, instead of all the ascenders.

Nonetheless, the story was great and I plan to continue with the next book once it comes out.


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