Jewelz Review~The Legacy Human (Singularity #1) was a compelling dystopian read. While it has elements that bring to mind series such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, this series has its own unique twist on the dystopian premise that kept me engaged.
The book is written in 1st person present tense, so the reader experiences the events through the eyes of our main character, Eli. We know what he knows, nothing more and nothing less. We expeience his excitment, frustration, pain, and joy right along with him. This was a nice change of pace from the typical 3rd person past tense point of view that is so common in today's popular literature. While it limits what the reader knows, it allows the reader an intimate understanding of the main character that you can't get from a 3rd person perspective.
Eli's struggle to understand his artistic gift, along with his quest to ascend and become part of the Sigularity is a journey frought with risk, frustration, love, and lies. He's surrounded by an array of well-developed supporting characters inlcuding his patron, Leonora, his sponsor, Marcus, and his friends, Cyrus, Kamali, Basha, and Delphina. As the reader journeys with Eli, we come to realize, as he does, that everything is not quite as it seems and that even he isn't who he thought he was.
The Legacy Human is a gripping YA tale that will keep you turning pages and leave you eager to delve into book #2. A wonderful first book in what I anticipate will be a phenomenal series.
Honest disclosure~ I receive a copy in exchange for my honest review
EXCERPT ~ The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)I want to ascend so badly, I can taste it.
It’s bitter and metallic, like the acrylic paint spread before me. It’s beautiful and beckoning and untouchable, like the shimmering rose skin of my patron, Lenora, who hovers over my work, tasting it in her own way. Her fingertips barely graze the paint, sensing its color and texture and scent in a way that is utterly inhuman.
Because she’s not human. Not anymore. She’s ascended—vastly more intelligent, compassionate, and enlightened than any human could be without the procedure. I’m just one of those remnants of humanity the ascenders left behind long ago.
Lenora leans in toward the painting in that sudden kind of motion ascenders sometimes have. Her cascade of red curls brushes my cheek… and raises goose bumps on my arms.
I hold absolutely still.
This is the closest she’ll come to touching me. Anything more would be… wrong. Ascenders and legacy humans don’t do that sort of thing, at least not legally. I tell myself the instant full-body alert is just because I’m a seventeen-year-old guy who’s definitely straight—anything vaguely female would get this response—but it doesn’t help that Lenora’s body is pure fantasy. Sculpted cheeks. Curves that irresistibly draw my gaze. Lips that beg for me to draw each perfectly rounded part. The red curls have to be synthetic—ascenders don’t have hair—but their softness still heats my cheek. There’s plenty to desire in the bodyform she’s wearing now, but lust is a pale reflection of the thick, complicated feelings I have for her.
Feelings no legacy should have. And no decent ascender would return.
It’s wrong to want her. Or really, just delusional. But my fingers ache with the need to touch her, just once. She’s close enough that I easily could.
If only ascendance were equally within reach.
EXCERPT ~ The Duality Bridge (Singularity #2)
Delphina is watching me from outside the holo matrix… along with Kamali, whose wide brown eyes hold silent judgment for the things she thinks I’ve done. Forbidden things, like being a love toy for my ex-patron and current-rebel-ascender, Lenora. Who happens to be standing right next to her. While Kamali’s graceful dancer body is hidden under the black military garb of the resistance, Lenora’s perfect bodyform is barely covered in scintillating ascender-tech fabric. The thing is, I’ve never so much as kissed Lenora. Except in my dreams, which really shouldn’t count against me. Any seventeen-year-old guy would have those kinds of thoughts. But the truth is Kamali’s not wrong to judge me.
My feelings for Lenora have always been… complicated.
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