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Unfettered Journey

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Set in a richly envisioned future world, Unfettered Journey is the story of an AI scientist who seeks to create robot consciousness and discovers the resilience of the human spirit. He travels to a small college to progress his quest, but instead finds love, a secret plot by unjust forces, and the answers to his fundamental questions—the nature of the conscious mind and fr ...more
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Published September 7th 2020 by Chiliagon Press
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Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Unfettered Journey by Gary F. Bengier probes us to learn the philosophical aspects of nature, subconscious, and AI. The year 2161, after the Climate war, there is a lack of natural resources. People rely on bots and modern technology. The government divides remaining humans into levels, in simple terms, it is like caste, where some people relish, and other's suffering.

The story portrays a different layer of emotions and urges. Even after the awful extinction, people think about themselves first
Alan Allis
Aug 28, 2020 marked it as to-read
i received a free copy of the book (thank you very much mr. bengier) in exchange for a honest review. so, review to come...
Ellie Mitchell
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing


Joe, an applied mathematician and AI scientist, is plagued by questions regarding human consciousness. On a sabbatical from his usual work, he travels to Lone Mountain College, where he encounters a protest against Level Acts that separate and demean people.

However, housing the protest’s leader, Evie in his temporary accommodation is a risky move, one which sees them both banished to a place known only as The Zone.


Joe Denkensmith is highly intelligent, curious, determined, and
Kelly P
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel has really hit a sweet spot between a romance and a perilous, imaginative, and futuristic adventure. Set in the not so distant future, the plot revolves around a young scientist's exploration of consciousness in a very convincing and imaginative world where robots are ubiquitous, functioning via artificial intelligence, and dozens of recognizable technologies are posited with logical and interesting trajectories. The story ponders how quite likely technological innovations will ...more
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Unfettered Journey is a genre-crossing thrill of a novel. From the deep desert to outer space, this book keeps you on your toes of what will come next. Simultaneously, it dives deep into a question that could very well be the question for the century: what is consciousness? Bengier clearly has a deep knowledge of many of these aspects and works diligently to delicately introduce complex stepping stones to the reader along the way.
Chelsea DeVries
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.Opening with the phrase, " It was time for him to embrace his freedom."
the reader is instantly taken on a journey with the perfect mix of romance, science fiction, adventure, and a philosophical curiosity of free will and the existence of God.

Bengier’s writing is futuristic yet relatable with it’s discussions of protests and social equality, and very captivating.
Chris Toto-Nicholes
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful journey into a future world, still struggling with all that we deal with today. Humanity is resourceful, fragile & flawed. Our journeys are unique and are guided by our values, understanding & actions. A very enjoyable story that will help us all reflect on our meaning & existence. Looking forward to more from this author!
Jenn dePaula
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn in from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. The characters, story, and message were so well crafted and engaging. Fascinating story and excellent writing. Highly recommended!! ...more
Aug 10, 2020 is currently reading it
So delighted to receive an ARC of this book by someone who continues to prove that he is good at just about everything!
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: white 20 year old male college freshmen who are planning a philosophy degree
I entered a giveaway for this book and was excited to read it based on a blog post linked on the author's goodreads page stating that there was a "strong, kick-ass female protagonist". Unfortunately, I'm not sure if I can identify who that character was.

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Jay Monahan
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating story that is both an adventure and a philosophical exploration, full of surprises and delight. A fun read!
Melissa Espenschied
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unfettered Journey by Gary F Bengier written in 2020 is comparable to what 1984 by George Orwell was back in 1949.

Joe is a wonderful scientist who works mostly with Artificial Intelligence. His main goal is to create not just a sentient robot but fully conscious intelligent life. This lofty goal requires him to dive deep into not only what makes up human consciousness but also physics, especially regarding the universe. His project prompts him to take a sabbatical at another college to pursue th
Gordon Long
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Unfettered Journey” by Gary F. Bengier
by renaissanceadmin • 2020-09-06 • 0 Comments

This is a story about one man’s journey to discover whether he has free will. Also to find a meaning for his life, which pretty much amounts to the same thing. The author is a philosopher, the main character is a university prof and he searches at a university, so strap yourself in for an intense bout of ideas.

This book is near-future Sci-Fi, heavy to the philosophy. It has a good anti-dystopian rebellion p
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very difficult book to categorize. It is at once Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Action-Adventure and Romance all rolled into one great read. Enter a world where following a horrific climate war, every person is assigned to a Level and their entire lives are dictated by the limits of that level. The higher the level, the more rights the person has. As you might suspect, this leads to a revolutionary movement that leads to people being banished to an inhospitable no-man's land from ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Unfettered Journey is set in the future, after the Climate Wars. It’s the story of a scientist, Joe, who works for the AI Ministry and specializes in artificial intelligence, specifically looking at creating robot consciousness. He hits a wall in his research and decides to take a sabbatical at Lone Mountain College, a small California college. Rather than the former caste system, a system of “levels” exist, and people cannot marry outside of their level. At the college, Joe is unwittingly drawn ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Many of you that come to this blog know I appreciate speculative fiction.

Well, I did something this week, I seldom do. I picked up a novel and starting reading the first page it opened to which was not at the beginning of the book.

I'd entered into an action scene that read like a great outdoor adventure where one garners knowledge about hard-wired behaviors that enhance our ability to cope.

It was a Naturalist writing style that seemed real and raw, and I found it difficult to trek back to the
Nerd Girl Vixen
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
What is free will? Do we have free will?
In a futuristic world where technology is advanced and AI intelligence is abundant, Joe is plagued with questions. What is free will? Do we have it based on everything we rely on? Joe goes on a quest for answers. He gets way more than he bargained for.

Sometimes it’s good to step out of your comfort zone and try a new book in a genre you don’t normally read. Unfettered Journey is that book for me. Initially when I read the synopsis, I thought this is a tot
As a Book Reviewer, I received a free ebook copy of Unfettered Journey for my honest review.

Unfettered Journey by Gary Bengier is declared a speculative fiction story. However, I would consider it more of a literary fiction story.

In all honesty, I found the Unfettered Journey to be a very long book, and I didn’t really become engaged with the story until the final third, where the author wrote the bulk of the action and where my emotions also became engaged.

In the first two thirds of the book,
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great escape for this year. I could not put it down and I just really loved the journey. This is layered in sci-fi aspects as well as future concepts that just felt so real. It is a tale of what our world could be like if we aren't careful and its not a world you would want to live in. I loved this story and I can not wait for more. ...more
David Pospisil
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book.
Love story, hi-tech sci-fi and a search for truth and self awareness.
Excellent characters and loved the ending.
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just couldn't get into this book. Not for me. ...more
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After a career in Silicon Valley, Gary pursued passion projects, studying astrophysics and philosophy. He’s spent the last two decades thinking about how to live a balanced, meaningful life in a rapidly evolving technological world. This self-reflective journey infuses his novel with insights about our future and the challenges we will face in finding purpose

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