Hi, all, it’s Sher today. Last week, I missed Susan Kaye Quinn’s book launch of The Legacy Human. I was waiting to read the book until after I had my hiatal hernia surgery, and I was so busy I didn’t even notice the launch date passed first. Now I’m trying to make up for that lost opportunity by boosting second week sales.
First, the blurb:
And some praise from early reviewers:
“This book is Hunger Games (without the violence or controversy) meets Divergent.”
“If I were a movie producer, I would option this in a heartbeat.”
“This story is so intense I felt I couldn’t get a proper breath.”
“Science fiction with philosophical depth!”
“Palpable intelligent fiction at its best, for any age reader.”
And now my own review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I knew I would need a good book to pull me through the pain of recovering from surgery, so I resisted the temptation to read for over a week before the big day. Boy, did I pick the ONE to make me forget my own troubles. It takes a lot to impress an avid SF fan turned editor, especially one who’s been reading since early Asimov: Quinn’s story did far more than just satisfy my taste for new ideas and technology. Although the concept of humanity’s rise to ascendance reminded me a little of Asimov’s robots rise to sentience, Quinn built her world in a more personal and visceral way. More immediate.
The Legacy Human hit me in a way I won’t soon forget.
No infodumps. Perfectly timed revelations. While the story has the scope and intellectual appeal of the best SF classics, it hit me in the gut and heart more than most. Quinn’s ability to pull out the emotional stops surpasses my older favorites. The Legacy Human feels like a cat 5 hurricane, thanks in part to a main character given to the emotional extremes necessary to induce his fugue state. Eli’s emotion alternately bleeds off the page, explodes, and then calms – briefly – before the next storm.
A few final thoughts: First, for those who might balk at the religious aspect, Susan’s characters ran the gamut of beliefs, and she developed all of them with great care. They are as necessary to a plot examining the origins and destiny of man as breathing. Two, the family theme as just as important. Three, if I had my druthers, I would make The Legacy Human part of every high school curriculum not just for the expert world-building and characters, but for “the Question”. Four, no disclaimer necessary. Even though I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, I loved The Legacy Human enough to want to support the author. So I bought the book.
Well, I’ve never made a dollar off Amazon, but I’m about to post a link with their ad for Susan’s book in hopes you’ll go buy it before you forget. If I do actually make some money, it will go right back into this blog supporting the best of kid lit. So I hope you’ll turn off your adblocker and click the link below for Susan and for love of great books for children (including teens) and, in this case, all ages. Thanks!
Last but not least, Susan has promised that reviewers of book 1 will receive the ARC of book 2 for review as soon as it’s ready! Here’s what to do:
1) Review The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TLHforReview
2) Enter the link for your review in this form: http://smarturl.it/RevS1GetS2
3) She will send you Singularity #2 when ARCs are ready for release!
So, what are you waiting for? Go, buy, read, and review!