Hi, all, it’s Sher today with an awesome book by Susan Kaye Quinn, my favorite living SF author. The Duality Bridge is book two in the Singularity series, and I’m here for the blog tour and thrill ride wherever it takes me.
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.
Praise for The Legacy Human
“This book is Hunger Games (without the violence or controversy) meets Divergent.”
“This story is so intense I felt I couldn’t get a proper breath.”
“Science fiction with philosophical depth!”
What does it mean to be human? 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. The Duality Bridge is the second book in the Singularity series and the sequel to The Legacy Human. This thrilling new young adult science fiction series explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world.
This book took me on such a rocket ship ride my heart was in my throat most of the time. Half the time I didn’t know which end was up and the rest I could see a collision coming and wanted to scream “Stop!” Or “No, don’t do that!” But of course Elijah did that, or somebody else did it to him.
The story started without a hitch; everything I needed to refresh my memory about what happened in book one flashed past in record time. The Olympics, the Resistance. Friends and enemies alike wanted to send Eli on an unwanted journey to do something he didn’t believe while everyone else tried to sabotage the ship. The tech and religion and scheming ascenders all worked together to launch Eli into space—or some other dimension.
Good thing the one person Eli needed most to help him—Kamali—kept ending up in the same ship even when he tried to keep her out of harm’s way. The balance of power shifted so often that alliances seemed as ephemeral as the solar wind, and the tsunami Eli saw coming would destroy everything unless he found a way to stop it. The world building is so complex it’s astounding, yet the characters and plot are just as complicated. Romance. Mystery. Breakneck action. Betrayal and plot twists. Mind-bending ideas leading to world-ending disaster.
So what are the downsides? Don’t start when you can’t finish or you might end up missing work or school. You’ll have to pay attention if you don’t want to get lost. Don’t read this on the beach unless you want to find yourself sunburned on one side because you forgot to move, let alone go swimming. Also, don’t read where you don’t want people to see you cry.
No content warning for language but sexual situations are YA level, not middle grade. There’s enough graphic violence that I would not want to share this book with most middle schoolers anyway. Exploring religious ideas is a major theme of this series, so those who are closed-minded about religion might have to rethink their ideas. 5 Stars. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Susan 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.
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