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.
Review 5 of 5 Stars
I always forget and have to add that I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t read a lot of young adult fiction, but I have to admit Susan Kaye Quinn’s Singularity series has captured and kept my attention. Ms. Quinn is a skillful writer whose characters come alive on the page. The story is complex and riveting.
This is the second book in the Singularity series and I cannot wait to read the third one. I enjoy this series so much that I chose it as my book to recover with after surgery and was not disappointed. It’s taken me awhile to heal up to write the review, but I very much enjoyed the story. It was a great distraction.
For those that aren’t familiar with the series, Elijah Brighton is a legacy human in a world where technology has advanced to a level where humans are able to ascend into mechanical bodies that allow them to essentially live forever. He was an experiment by some of the ascended, which makes him both valuable and dangerous.
This book follows Eli on his adventure to determine his true purpose and help protect his friends and family from those who fear Eli’s potential and what his capabilities mean for those who are already ascended. Eli and his companions are thrust into a dangerous war between the ascended that leads them on a virtually non-stop quest filled with danger and adventure.
There’s a lot going in this series and it’s difficult to spell it out without giving away too much of the story beyond the book description. Overall this story is about what it means to be human and what makes us love and fight to protect those closest to us. In essence, the spirit or soul is at the forefront of this story. The author does a great job of keeping it balanced and not too far down the religious path. If anything, Eli is on a spiritual journey not a religious one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this installment in the series and am looking forward to the next one. I would suggest it for anyone who enjoys a well thought out story. There’s plenty of action as well as thoughts to ponder. An intelligent series for anyone who enjoys a good story. A great story to share if you have young adults you want to share a story experience with.
Coming soon a review of some new short stories from Nicholas Rossis and other books that I read during recovery. I probably have more reviews to write than my followers care to read in one week so I’ll try to spread it out a bit. Happy reading.