First of His Kind

Sidus Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
429 Pages
Reviewed on 10/11/2023
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

First of His Kind by Dan Sugralinov revolves around Carter Riley, whose goal is to get to the planet Sidus after events have him waking up in a medical capsule, missing his arm, and with a tarnished reputation. Out of a combination of luck and thoughtful maneuvering, Riley eventually makes it to Sidus, where he and Chrissy search for their missing friends among a diversity of alien races. They ultimately end up in its arena, and as they strengthen their abilities, they also form alliances, including Beverly. Together with Beverly, they participate in battles, gradually improving their skills and rankings. Riley's cautious approach clashes with Beverly's eagerness for paid tournaments, but they eventually find success through teamwork and strategy, becoming more experienced competitors in the virtual battle arena setting. First of His Kind is book one in the LitRPG series, Sidus.

First of His Kind by Dan Sugralinov is kind of the first of my kind, as reading a game-themed book has long been on my list of genres to tackle, but I'd not yet come across a book tempting enough to commit to it. Sugralinov changed that with the story of Riley, who feels human enough to relate to but still has the bionics to make him believable in a science fiction role-playing game universe. Here, Sugralinov expertly combines science fiction, gaming, and strategic adventure, and half of the fun of Riley's journey is getting him to Sidus. As an origin story, this is critical and allows us to get to know him and what has been sacrificed to get him into the arena. Sugralinov develops a believable and super-absorbing game universe. The author transitions from almost pure science fiction to the seamless integration of gaming mechanics, alterations, and rankings. The result is a solid entry into the Sidus series, and thankfully, there won't be a long wait for book two as Protector of His Kind is already slated for release.

K.C. Finn

First of His Kind is a work of fiction in the science fiction, action, and adventure subgenres, and it is the first novel of the Sidus book series. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Dan Sugralinov, the novel presents a captivating vision of humanity's future in a galactic community. In a 22nd-century Earth that has established contact with alien civilizations, life for the average person seems unaltered. Alien neighbors show no interest in Earth's resources or settlement, leaving our planet largely insignificant in the vast cosmos. It's a disheartening reality for Earth's inhabitants. The story takes a thrilling turn when a select few venture into space, and the protagonist becomes the first of his kind to embark on a galactic journey. This book explores the idea that humanity, instead of waiting for extraterrestrial visitors, decides to venture out into the cosmos.

Author Dan Sugralinov blends elements of science fiction and adventure, taking readers on a thrilling ride into the unknown for a truly exhilarating experience. The narrative is filled with intrigue and excitement as we follow the protagonist's journey into uncharted territories, and the influence of strong RPG elements on the tale is evident in how interactive and immersive the world feels. The concept of humanity taking the initiative to explore space is so often featured in science fiction, but Sugralinov offers a fresh perspective that raises questions about our place in the universe and our capacity for discovery and exploration. Thanks to some excellent speech and thought presentation, the characters are relatable and well-developed, and their interactions feel realistic in the situations they find themselves in and also the futuristic period of the setting. Overall, First of His Kind is a compelling and imaginative introduction to the Sidus series. It offers an exciting glimpse into a future where humans take the first steps into a galactic community, and I eagerly anticipate the next installment in this captivating saga.

Rabia Tanveer

First of His Kind is the first book in the Sidus series by Dan Sugralinov. Carter Riley was with his team under the Schiaparelli Crater on Mars when the unthinkable happened. His team and their robots detected the Precursors’ Cube, and that was when everything went to hell. A series of unfortunate events left Carter without his right arm and some vital information from the Precursors’ Cube that told him that he was the First of His Kind. What did that mean? Carter Riley had no idea. To make things worse, Carter had lost his memories. Lost, desperate, and abandoned, Carter was given nothing to work with. However, that all changed a decade later when his memory returned, and he remembered: he had to get to Sidus! But how? And what was waiting for him there? What was Sidus?

I am new to the LitRPG genre, and I must say I fell in love with it immediately. First of His Kind struck the perfect balance between action, adventure, and science fiction. The pace of the story was fantastic. It moved fast without confusing readers, the descriptions were fantastic, and the flow of the story was great. The descriptions were remarkable, and the execution of the narrative was outstanding. I loved Carter’s character. He felt a surge of excitement as he remembered Sidus, and I felt that with him as well. The spark in him was infectious. Author Dan Sugralinov created incredible descriptions and painted vivid pictures with his words. The world-building was fantastic; the details of Sidus truly blew me away, and I was left hoping to learn more about that place. This is not your typical science fiction novel, but something rather extraordinary, and I highly recommend it!

Scott Cahan

First of His Kind by Dan Sugralinov is a science fiction action adventure set in a world reminiscent of video role-playing games. While the main character, Carter Riley, is working on a security detail job, something strange and devastating happens to him. Afterward, his life goes downhill fast. Soon, the only bright spot he has left is his daughter and she becomes his only motivation for improving himself. He starts seeing cryptic images in his head that lead him toward a job mining minerals on a faraway planet. On the spaceship ride to his new job, the ship is hijacked. Not wanting his plans to be derailed by the hijackers, Carter is forced to fight back. At that moment, everything changes for Carter including his ship’s destination and his own destiny.

The First of His Kind is written in the genre style of LitRPG. That means it's a combination of literature and a computer game, specifically the type of game where the player takes on a character role in the game and fights with other players for points and other rewards. That’s important for the reader to know because if they are not a gamer (as is the case with me) they may not enjoy some of the more game-related narration in the story. However, at its core, The First of His Kind is still a solid sci-fi story with a great plot and interesting characters. It includes a fully developed alien world with multiple alien species, a wide range of weaponry, and lots of bizarre landscapes. The author’s broad imagination and ability to explain intricate details about alien worlds is quite amazing. Carter and his ragtag team of fighters are well-written characters who are interesting and a lot of fun. The plot is exciting and full of many twists and turns. I recommend The First of His Kind for readers who enjoy their science fiction in two forms: as a novel and as a role-playing computer game.

Asher Syed

In First of His Kind by Dan Sugralinov, Riley, a military captain overseeing security at a Martian archaeological excavation, encounters the mysterious "Precursors' Cube," leading to strange disruptions and evacuations. A crisis arises when the team gets trapped underground, and an invisible force begins killing them. Riley's quest for answers takes him through past missions and a longing for interstellar travel. He takes a job on Ceres, forming a diverse group onboard a hijacked spaceship, and eventually lands on Sidus, an advanced world. There, they discover mysterious boxes and a merchant, Kur’lyk Anak Chekbi, who warns against revealing Riley's status as a "First of Their Kind." Riley and his companions explore Sidus and come up against a mind-boggling number of challenges, including the demise of a beloved hamster.

Tiger the hamster was my favorite character, and the fact that a rodent stole my heart is a testament to Dan Sugralinov's ability to develop all his characters in First of His Kind, book one of the science fiction Sidus series. Sugralinov does not hold out on the action, and, in all seriousness, there are some arena-style battles that are absolutely exciting scene-stealers. This is blended with an overarching mystery and the looming threat of Greg the Head as Riley navigates an alien world searching for answers. The world-building is bang-on, and Sugralinov crafts a diverse galactic community. The interaction between various alien species, their different customs, and how humans navigate this intricate web of relationships is a testament to the world-building possibilities of future books in the series. The encounter with Kakkerlak Ch'ra is the standout in the many complex relationships and conflicts that exist among species. This is excellent science fiction, and I'm excited to see where it's taken next.