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A New World. A Thousand Threats. Welcome to The Continent.
Felix's life on Earth had become a series of dead-end jobs, ruined relationships, and rotating apartments smaller than most postage stamps. By all accounts, even his own, he was a coward. Too afraid to move forward, to take risks. Yet when given the chance to choose between risking his life or walking away from a deadly encounter, he didn't hesitate.
Moments before his untimely demise, Felix was snatched from earth and thrust into a magical world known only as ‘The Continent’. Empowered by the ‘System,' he learns that he can strengthen himself through combat and dedication. To survive he'll have to push himself beyond his limits, or else fall to the monsters all around him.
Levels, stats, and magic. Death is the start of a terrible fate, but if he lives…who knows what he will become.
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First let me start with saying that this is a great story.
It has interesting characters both likable and not. The enemies are grand, beyond life. The author clearly has thought all of his setting and worldbuilding in this novel and it shows.
It would be an excellent novel; if it wasnt plagued by one thing.
Everything goes to hell constantly. All the time. Everything that can go wrong goes wrong in a lot more ways than one. No rest for the characters and in return the readers.
We are riding an extreme roller coaster without chance for respite. It constantly adds stuff hitting us left and right, it personally makes me numb. I constantly have to skip chunks of the chapter because I find myself not really caring about everything that happens. An enemy appeared? Oh. Again? And its stronger than the last? Right as they killed the last? Sure, go ahead, I will mostly skip the fight scene as I wait for a little more story.
It got ruined by a stupid MC and too convenient system.
MC gets new skills every time he moves, actually he gets skills without moving as well. He got mediation skill that granted him more skills.
Even running and climbing is a skill. I wonder why walking and breathing (not counting meditation) are not. And gaining new skills is too easy, hold your breath and now you have the stealth skill. Easy peasy right?
MC does not have an awareness of his surroundings and precaution against the creatures of the world. He can make a friend with a chimera which looks like a dog, knowing it less than a day. Going as far as saving it from dying.
Level gap means nothing to MC with his friendship and pinky magic system. He can attack monsters as he wishes, because the system gives him the quest to do. But monsters are more powerful than him? Who cares? Just throw some rocks, got a skill for literally throwing rocks, upgrade it by throwing more rocks.
A well thought out story with a hidden agenda, and a character determined to survive, damn the odds. It starts out with a... I’d say bang, but perhaps splash would be more appropriate, as Felix, our MC, wakes up next to an acid ocean and a not so happy sea monster of mythical proportions. So what does our MC do? Well... he runs away. A lot.
In a land full to the brim of monsters that could kill him with a glance, Felix is determined to survive and find out where he is. And to do that, he has to get stronger, fast. His only advantage is a world system and his mysterious new race that was chosen for him by someone, or something, unknown, and a will that refuses to break.
Welcome to the Continent, Felix Navarre.
We hope you survive.
Overarching plot: check
Charachter development: check
Characters that you can actually care for: check
Made me cry: check
Ladies and gentlemen. This is the good stuff!
The world is very well fleshed out, as is the system. Another reviewer has criticized the system for being too convenient, but this has an explanation later in the plot.
The stakes are there and so the tension is also present.
But during the 137 chapters I've read, there was never any downtime. It is always balls-to-the-walls action and dire straits which push the MC forward.
This may sound like a non-issue, but believe me when I say that Berserk was better at cultivating a balance between tension and moments of peace than this story. This balance I described is supremely important for any story and this one fails at that aspect.
Another important aspect this story fails at is progression. It is something central to any story, especially a LitRPG-story, and your first instinct will be to point at the changing 'Status Window' to prove me wrong. However, just increasing numbers and adding titles doesn't suffice.
I want a character that is changed by their environment, I want relationships that bloom and/or whither, and I want an MC that gets stronger. At first glance the story may seem to partially fulfill these tasks, it doesn't.
Firstly, the MC is someone that could be found in any 08/15 Japanese light novel. A goody-two-shoes with no aspirations or flaws. Felix had some cool moments, that much is true.
But often these moments didn't change his personality, or anything about him for that matter (excluding story-relevant bull). It was as if these moments were ignored as soon as the next chapter began.
Secondly, the relationships in this story were like a mountain, unchanging (note the reading status). The author can talk about how characters aren't suspicious of MC anymore, but if I can't see that in their behavior that means jack sh*t. I don't want to sound condescending, but while the author tries to follow the "Show, don't tell"-rule, he/she doesn't succeed consistently.
Thirdly and lastly, just because the author says MC has become stronger, doesn't mean it is evident in the story. As I've mentioned in a previous paragraph, numbers and titles don't mean anything if they're not backed up by conflicts that showcase this. This issue rears its ugly head when the MC can't take care of random goons easily when he fought alongside Silver-Rankers in a previous chapter. It shows itself when the MC doesn't have a semi-solid fighting style that incorporates his skills for maximum synergy.
If I ever come back to this story I will be pissed if nothing happens between Felix and Vess.
Moving Mountain Body and Godeater Mind sound impressive, but what do they actually do? Do they influence his skills? Apparently not, apparently, they're only there to service the plot.
This story has provided me with 100 chapters of entertainment and I want to continue to read. But I also don't want to be disappointed again. That isn't a good feeling.
im not one to male reviews but im in love with this story, the writing and setting is so good, im enjoying it a lot. 10/10
Stupid MC's are unreliable, much the easiest way to do things. However, he does stupid things throughout the chapter from start to finish, without rationality by relying on his stupid instincts. Constantly careless until it's like his brain doesn't work.
It's a great story but I miss 2 things. He doesn't absorb enough of his enemies or try to relieve again and again his memories. It seems like he don't know his potential. Even though he ALREADY HAD seen the potential of both skills.
Btw. I miss luck status. Few histories on the site do make luck an actual status that make difference....
Well, other than that is well written and has a nice, concise and good history. Paired with nice fights. It's a good read. Maybe in the future it will be 5 stars.
Nice. All jokes aside an amazing story with twist, turns, some of the best action on this site, and a compelling story that keeps you interested and invested. This story has me reading the chapters as soon as they come out it has great word count and chapter length and little to no errors . In my opinion its the best story on the site.
I love this book! Takes a new perspective of the 'transported to a game world'. Lots of pain, lots of wounds, and lots of monsters.
I like this book enough to eagerly read and painfully wait for each new chapter.