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- ASIN : B0819Q455G
- Publication date : November 10, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1167 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 341 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #495,792 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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[TL;DR] (Read to Enjoy, not overly deep and worth the three bucks if you don't despise LitRPG)
The story's a LitRPG with base-building, lots of dying (an interesting take on that), and characters that certainly are not overpowered. If you want your quick endorphin fix, stories that aren't LitRPGs, or stories that are written by a New York Times bestseller with 5-6 Development Editors and an entire marketing staff for demographics, this won't be it.
The author's a fun US veteran that's just published her first book and looking to have a good time.
If you're the type that needs a 9.5/10+ series to be able to get into it, I can't in good morals say you will find it here? I understand the sentiment, all things granted, as I was that, and grew out of that after about a decade of being stubborn and not having -ANYTHING- to read or watch. If you sit down and want to have a smile on your face, strap in and support this fledgling writer.
The more in-depth rationals for those insane enough to -actually- want a more in-depth take on the book w/o spoilers: (This type of human being does not exist and I reject any reality that they do!)
Overall is [~8.4/10], so a [4.2/5].
I round up on Amazon because I'm a kind soul like that and I can see massive potential for development in this story in both the characters, in the author themself, and story mechanics. The biggest critique is that no wheels were invented when creating the characters and that isn't a major loss as the characters are still enjoyable. My preference is that extremely deep character-driven story, and I received a very unique world with characters raising h*ll instead.
[Let's be honest, as long as it's a 7.0+ on Amazon it's worth a 5 star when you consider how the rating system works at present. This book easily passes that.]
The author is brand new to the writing market, and a US veteran. If you're also a Vet, grab it for nothing other than to support someone for their service~
Writing Style : [7.8/10] I can feel effort into trying to turn well-beloved gaming mechanics into a fun story, and the author succeeds. It's fun, and the serious-comedic elements are enough to enjoy as-is. I came in not expecting more than to get a smile and something worth my three USD, since writers get between 4 and 8 times more from the direct purchase than KU page-reads, and ended up getting more than I paid for. There's a charm to the wordplay, an amusement in constant suffering the author puts the characters through (trust me, it's fun, just let them scream), and an author that knows when to take things seriously or to go in the complete opposite directly and take the irony of situations for what it is. Can it be rough at times? Sure, I didn't give an 8+ for a reason. Is it still better than many, many, many x4 other works you find on Amazon for the same price range? Absolutely.
Story (Conceptual & Execution) : [8.8/10] If nothing else, the story from the concept to the execution is exactly what you think it is, what you want it to be, and the author delivers enough to be satisfied. For a 3USD book, the elements are more than enough to warrant the price and encourage development into books 2 and 3 where it will truly begin to shine. I am very, very hit or miss with LitRPG works and I often prefer scenarios where the mechanics aren't mentioned every five feet. Whilst this isn't entirely that, the mechanics themselves propose a plethora of unique and inventive uses as the story progresses. Should Book 2 and 3, when made, continue to invent new avenues of inventive thinking and hilarious situations, I can easily abide by a learning author's writing style and characters that need a few minutes to really get rolling. It's not as if most author's don't get better as they go, and pretty much any writer needs to figure their characters out for a few chapters before they get kicking. The Concept and the Mechanics based on the LitRPG genre are excellent, especially if the author continues to develop them, and they become the single most enjoyable aspect of the story. [Except the people who control the system and a certain pet, but that, my dear friends, is a spoiler you'll need to learn on your own!]
Characters & Cast : [7.6/10] If anything, Book 1's are always the ones that have the duty of establishing characters, and for a fresh writer it shows somewhat in the characters brought to the table here. I have a habit of wanting to be awed by the depth of characters, from their emotions to their struggles, so bare me some slack for saying that the characters on display are the average of what I see in 4-5 star books. No wheels are invented, but plenty of room to develop in further books and Book 2-3 will be worth the buys at the current rate of development.
Grammar & Spelling : [9.4/10] Going to be honest, anyone that hires a good editor like the author does will be fine. I skimmed through the book just to see if anything stuck out and nothing worth reporting showed. If you're a grammar hunter, feel secure in the knowledge that there aren't hundreds of simple errors strewn through the document!
All in all, the book was worth buying for just $3.00 USD and I plan to recommend it out to a few people. It's a good gift on a low budget and buying it helps a new writer trying to flex their wings. Too many small writers are buried these days due to Amazon's current system, so I'm thoroughly happy to give this a good rating after watching it go from the RoyalRoad world into the Publishing scene.
Good fortunes to the Author, and to all a good-enough day~ (Can't have you having fun now can I? It's my fun darnit...)
I loved the way this story was constructed, with character development and action interspersed with bits of commentary from their alien overlords. The way this was built, with the whole thing mimicking a reality TV show complete with advertisements and commentators, gave it an incredibly unique sarcastic feel.
I don't normally read gamelit-type novels, but I enjoyed this far more than I would have expected. A solid, enjoyable read!
I’ll definitely pick up the second book.