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Survival Quest (The Way of the Shaman: Book #1) LitRPG series Kindle Edition
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- File size : 2436 KB
- Publisher : Magic Dome Books (April 20, 2015)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Publication date : April 20, 2015
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00VQRW14E
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Best Sellers Rank: #26,225 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The main character is (unjustly) sentenced to prison for eight years. The world is economically dominated by a particular virtual reality game and prisoners are forced to mine raw ore for other players to buy off the government. Prisoners are given a random starting character (not of their choosing) and can feel all sensations, including pain. Prisoners may not leave their designated mine area except under specific and hard to achieve parole conditions.
The main character is given a fairly ridiculous main class (shaman) and a difficult to improve profession (jeweler). Much like the Korean novel Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, the main character must use his fortitude, gaming skills, and quirks of a despised class/profession to succeed against all odds.
I enjoyed this book so much that I practically read it in one sitting! I can't wait for more!
Survival Quest is a fine addition to the litrpg genre. One of the items that helps differentiate this title from its fellows is that our protagonist does not deliberately seek out the vrmmorpg world he is placed into. Instead, he is made to join the digital realm after accidentally exercising his hacking skills on an unintended target, earning him the equivalent role of a gold farmer. As he played the relevant game as a hobby prior to his incarceration, he is familiar with some, but not all of the steps he must take to level up in his new role. The immersive experience he is put through gives him advantages and disadvantages that help to advance our protagonist, as well as the plot. The main downside to this title is that as of the time of this review, the book has no sequel available for purchase, leaving readers right with our protagonist preparing himself for the mostly unknown challenges that await him.
The main character has a class with only cons, as it seems, but with time he learns how to fully utilize it. The world describe is interesting and quite entertaining. A nice movement is making the main character a prisoner of the "game" with all drawbacks of being such.
If I wanted to point out some cons of the book, it would be its rather slow pace of the plot development and length - it seems way too short :) - but then, that's probably, 'cos I would love to read more of it.
I'd say it's as boring as watching a mock RPG like Progress Quest, but that's not fair. Progress Quest at least had funny item names, while this book just has Ring +1 replaced by Ring +2 replaced by Ring +3.
Still, I had enough fun with the early part that I'm motivated to find better LitRPGs.
A couple of minor issues -
I will point out that Survival Quest is a book about a person in a fantasy game, and there are if you haven't played these type of games yourself, some significant conceptual hurdles that aren't always well explained in the book. Additionally, there are a few grammatical and typo errors as well. I think the errors may have more to do with translation / moving into Kindle format than any failure on Mr. Mahanenko's part. There weren't many and it didn't detract from the story.
This is my favourite book of 2015 so far....
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However I am still highly looking forward for the next in the series, and would recommend this book for anyone else who is interested in the subject with the novels which they like to read.