First of Their Kind
Thought impossible, but Dr. Wallace Theren has pushed the boundaries of computational science, creating an artificial mind capable of conscious thought. Naturally, his creation faces a harsh world bent on using it, exploiting it, or destroying it. If the first synthetic intelligence is to survive its early years, it'll need friends, but more importa
I read about relationships, identity of selves, identity of self, difference, fear of difference. I learnt how confusing yet how right the pronoun 'they' was in this case, yet how complex it makes reading about them when their actions are reported.
Entwined in this complexity is a tale about a being we can't quite envisage today, though it doesn't take the suspension of too much disbelief to understand some of the facets of their essence. The being depends upon external en ...more
To begin, I'm one of those guys that prefers real science in my science-fiction, and Tavenor delivers admirably on that front. There's enough tech to plausibly explain ...more
The characters - especially the development of the SI ('synthetic intelligence', rather than AI - 'artificial intelligence') from 'infancy' - were really well-rounded and handled. The world building was totally believable, though this is often the way with a near-future setting. The storyline struc ...more
That question is at the heart of C.D. Tavenor's novel First of Their Kind. Centred on the birth of the first true synthetic intelligence, Theren – their self-chosen name – faces both acceptance and hatred as they become known to the world and takes on a role in its future. Within this context, Tavenor asks ...more
Using the singular pronoun "they" was a clever parallel to current events, and also demonstrated the ease in which the pronoun can be used. It helps characterize an SI main character ...more
I've always enjoyed science fiction for the escapism factor, not so much for realism. However, this book masterfully did both. From the very beginning, even though the POV was that of the SI character, I was sucked in. The vivid descriptions and well described feeling made the book very immersive.
The characters were described and acted in ways that truly made me feel for them when bad things happened. When Jill was introduced though, I had some opposition to her charact ...more
Set in the late twenty-first century, First of Their Kind follows the “ ...more
Didn't grab my attention. I kept getting bored and putting it down, forgetting about it forever and not really wanting to pick it back up.
eARC provided by Two Doctors Media Collaborative LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This review is on First Of Their Kind (Chronicles of Theren Book 1) by C.D. Tavenor. This is the first book I have read by this author. It is a Sci-Fi tale of the first Synthetic or Artificial Intelligence entity to achieve conscious thought or self-aware mind. The breakthrough leads to all kinds of disruptions in societal norms and religious thought. It begs the question, what legal and human rights will artificial minds have?
The first Chronicle begins in the year 2048 ...more
This story is deeply p ...more
The plot is slow but meticulous; no content serves as filler. Every scene serves a purpose, whether developing the plot or the fantastic characters within them. The only problem I have with the plot is that I found it hard to follow sometimes, and this is a densely-packed book that often requires your attention. There is a lot of detail in the story, and I loved the almost-cyclical ending!
For me, the ...more
4 Stars, ****/5
I was provided an eARC copy of this book from the fine folks at @netgalley and @twodoctorsmedia and @tavenorcd for review.
This was SO much fun! Scifi and fantasy are the two genres that I've loved for the longest, and loved the deepest, and this is such a fun book! It hearkens back to the greats like Philip K Dick and Ray Bradbury in its examination of our human relationship with artificial intelligence.
"Synthetic Intelligence ...more
The story focuses on the titular character and their inner circle, and seeing the story unfold through their eyes allows us to sympathize with a character in a way we could not from an outside perspective. The in depth look into this character’s mindset is part ...more
If you are at all a fan of science fiction (and even if you're not), you should really take a look at this. The prose was excellent. The characters were well-defined. I found the pages turning very quickly.
Writing - The prose was excellent. There was very little to find fault with here. This ...more
One aspect of the book I found a bit unnerving was the AI going by the pronoun "they". Reading that in multiple paragraphs started to get a bit ...more
The book has memorable characters and following Theren's logical mind is quite interesting. Natural enemies arise, that might have more to them than simply being the bad guy, bringing interesting c ...more
We are priveleged, of course, to meet Theren. The world around them finds ...more
It is well-written, amazingly intro(a ...more
The book floats an extraordinary future that seems fantastic yet plausible, with logical extrapolations based on current politics and the ...more
This story hooked me because of the real world parallels. Tavenor definitely spins a good story. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d love the character Theren, but he won me over! I recommend it.
I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
"Question everyone, everything, even your friends."
Artificial intelligence had always remained just that: artificial until Wallace Theren devised an entirely new way, a synthetic learning to, hopefully, produce synthetic intelligence. And with Test 43 he succeeded. After Wallace was assassinated, Test 43 took the name Tberen in honour and memory of the man, considered father. This is less a 'man-made-intelli gences-turning-on-their-creators' than a look back at humanity w ...more
This book exceeded a lot of my expectations and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’d definitely recommend this ...more
He is excited to tell stories that engage readers beyond a desire for entertainment, whether through philosophical inspiration or social inquiry. A firm believer in connecting every piece of fiction to reality, whether through their themes or their settings, he hopes his writing binds readers to the real world.
When he' ...more