What would you give to live forever? 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 a philosophical HopePunk sci-fi series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world.
Overall great book
I felt really surprised after reading because when you think something is going to happen it does something else making this book more intriguing and making me want to read more and more and more of it.
This is an enthralling tale that weaves int the perfect amount of conspiracy thrills with a coming of age story that kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. Eli's story of a self-doubting artist while in pursuit of his mother's cure for her life-threatening disease made this wonderfully relatable and inspiring to see the artist within burst through to his discovery and the revelation to his existence.
I'm in love with this series and author. I can't wait to consume Book 2!
Bought the book because I liked the premise and thought it was adult sci-fi. Unfortunately it read like not great young adult fiction. I had a hard time finishing it. It would be appropriate for a tween/teen reader.