Monday, August 24, 2015

The Duality Bridge ~ Is There More Beyond Here?

Wistful YA is my reoccurring spotlight, giving young adult literature center stage.

Have you heard of Susan Kaye Quinn? Of course some of you have. Well, Susan was probably one of the first ten bloggers I ever met online. She's wife, mom, rocket scientist (no joke), and the brain behind the bestselling young adult science fiction series MINDJACK Trilogy. She also has published young adult steampunk fantasy romances, adult urban fantasies, stories in anthologies, and even a middle grade novel. 

Yeah, she's been busy. 

Today I have THE DUALITY BRIDGE: Singularity 2, the second book in her latest young adult series, to share with you. Plus, if you scroll to the end, you can enter her giveaway!

THE DUALITY BRIDGE by Susan Kaye Quinn

Genre: YA Science Fiction
Released: August 17, 2015
Formats: Paperbook; eBook
Pages: 426

I'd like to thank the author for supplying me with an eCopy in exchange for an unbiased review.

Favorite Lines/Passage: She drops her voice to a whisper. "You didn't choose to be this, Eli."
I nod, but there's a fury on her face that keeps me quiet.
"And if there's anyone I've ever met who I'm certain has a soul... it's you."
I have no idea what to say to that.
She peers into my eyes, and I wonder if she's searching for it--as if she can see my soul through the black of my irises if she looks hard enough. (54%, ebook)

Description: 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.


My Splats: 
Our first peek into book II is fraught with tension as Elijah and the legacy humans' fight for independence and right to 'life' continues. But it does more than simply continue. This sequel thrusts Eli into his new self, the self he knew nothing about in book I. Family and friends are put in harms way. The Resistance is jeopardized. His 'weirdness' is even called into question and suspected of making him a traitor. All of which forces Eli to come to terms with who he is, how he was created, and decide whether he's man enough to battle against what his true nature was intended for. 

The world created is genuine. There's a tangibility about it that is truly plausible; as you read you can feel it. The characters are so invested in it that nothing else seems to have existed. Unique terminology breaths more life into the world of legacy humans and ascenders - the ascenders who have a unified home or connection base, where all ascenders cognitions link. Think telepathy, but with downloading and storage capabilities. Words and phrases such as holo grid, nanites, bodyforms, and mechanized military sentries color each page. 

Now I'm not a huge sci fi buff, but there was enough emotional material, enough character development that bridged any gap of speculation I had before reading. Action-packed scenarios of internal emotions conflict with outward operations and decisions. Camouflaged convictions twist outward choices. Threatens lives. And as Eli grows more in tune with his purposes, his 'ability' to tap into what some feel is a true connection with God, his already complicated world goes haywire.

One aspect I really enjoyed was how the author didn't necessarily separate science and God. Not religion, but the theme that a higher power has a hand in everything and all, even science. The idea that there is more. A hinged connection is created throughout the story that makes one ponder human existence and what's after. Then again, just like in real life, there are those radicals whose beliefs extend beyond any godly mercy, which begs more questions about a higher creator, what lies beyond these ascenders, and what Eli can really tap into. 

If you're looking for a tale to sweep you into another world all while peeling away layers of its characters' to reveal hopes and dreams, fears and dangers, than this book - and the entire series - is absolutely for you. 

For your own interest, here's the first book in the series:

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.

Giveaway ends 9/6/15

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So I know it can be a touchy subject, but what do you think about something beyond ourselves? A guiding hand far beyond our minute human frailty? 
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  1. Oh, you mean like God? I'll be honest. I hope there's something bigger than ourselves out there, I really do. And I envy people whose faith is so strong they have no doubts. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those people. I have lots of doubts and lots of ideas of how it all works, none of which I am sure of. I'm also pretty sure I'm not alone in my thoughts or else why is it so many of us want to live forever? Why would you want to live forever if you knew for certain that something else, something different, something better comes after death?

    1. Yes, you are definitely not alone in those thoughts. But pondering is good. I feel I have a pretty strong sense of faith, and I've always been told that God likes us to wonder and think and search. We're curious and creative by nature. It's just in us to try and figure things out. Faith is a different animal all about investing oneself without seeing, proof. Anyway, the theme in this book is great because it makes you think while reading.

  2. Can't wait to read Susan's newest! Thanks for the review and have a lovely week. :)

  3. I love this concept. Congrats to Susan. She always amazes me.

  4. Congrats to Susan. l love her cover. The concept is fun too.

  5. The Duality Bridge sounds interesting. I haven't read the first book though so I'll have to check that one out. Thanks for sharing, SA! And congratulations to Susan!

  6. The Duality Bridge sounds interesting. I haven't read the first book though so I'll have to check that one out. Thanks for sharing, SA! And congratulations to Susan!

  7. As usual, Susan is on a roll! The books sound amazing.

  8. I just started Open Minds yesterday and it knocked my socks off!! I've been wanting to read it - read all Susan's novels - but payment & downloading are an issue for an ex-pat like me. I sure feel lucky she's offering Open Minds for free! This new series looks awesome too. Thanks for the great review and have a lovely week, Sheri! :)

    1. Love this comment! It's so nice when someone mentions how they've previously read some of the author's work and love it. Susan really does an amazing job. Loved Open Minds! I really need to make some time to read her Debt Collector series.

      Have a fabulous week, too!

    2. Actually I meant I really wanted to read Open Minds and any/all of her other works, but haven't read any due to difficulties with vendors and Paypal not recognizing Egyptian banks. This is the first one I've seen offered free with the boxed set -- and it was difficult to download. None of the vendors would download the free set to me until I got to Kobo. I didn't even have an acct with them, but opened one since they were the only one allowing me to download it. (Amazon won't download to Egypt, B&N won't download unless I own a "Nook," iBooks wouldn't download w/o an iOs (?) device.)

  9. I've always liked thinking there's something beyond just ourselves. As Robert Browning said, "A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" I like the mystery of not knowing exactly who or what that something is but figuring maybe someday we will.

    You've got to admire Susan Kaye Quinn. No one else succeeds at ebooks like she does. Thanks for featuring this.

    1. Agreed! Susan's tenacity is remarkable. And her work holds just as much fervor.

      I'm with you and RB. Believing there is something more pushes us to be more, hope for me, do more. I really like that quote. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  10. These sound really interesting! I really like the idea of mixing science and theology for a book. Real life, not so much.
    I feel like believing there's nothing pushes me to be more, hope for me, do more. After all, I've just got this one shot.

  11. Intriguing ideas. And some really awesome covers to boot :)

  12. These sound like great books! Congratulations to Susan! (Although, I'd have to admit, I have no desire to live forever.)

  13. Great review. These books are on my TBR list. Hope to read them soon.
    Congratulations, Susan, and best of luck.

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    1. Oh for heaven's sake. Let's try again:

      Answer to your question: Yes. :-)

  15. Looks like Susan's hit another home run. I'm not surprised. She's a super writer.


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