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I expected this to be yet another dungeon core litrpg. It's not. It's something new. Yes there is plenty of dungeon diving, fighting monsters, some pvp but there is also, surprisingly, some theology. In most litrpg stories we know exactly the shape of the world and so do the characters. In this one, we don't and neither do the characters. Its really interesting to listen to the characters debate the finer points of a dungeon's theological position and significance in a post-apocalyptic world (Denver is a dutchy fyi). Digression aside, back to the fun, the story is additionally true to life in that there is plenty of unresolved intrigue and loose ends.
So... what's wrong with the book you might ask? Turns out the title is quite appropriate. The book is about just that. Its got excitement but there is no exciting plot to hold it together at times it feels a bit disconnected. I don't think it detracts.
For what this book is, I would buy the sequel if it were to materialize but that said I don't know what would be in it.
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I don't get to say this very often about a LITRPG book, but this one really stands out. It pretty much avoids a lot of the repetative things that occur in other books of this genre. I like that. It tells a story, but doesn't slavishly follow conventions set forth by others in this genre. Plus, the characters are all interesting and the story is compelling, which leads us into a fantastic tale that you are lucky enough to be able to read.
What is so different? For one thing, the protagonist is not overpowered or have special abilities that no one else has or can get. He is just a regular joe; leveling as he goes along. Oh, and no Uber-powerleveling either. I also liked that you weren't over whelmed by game mechanics, stat screens, damage reports, etc. It doesn't hurt that the characters are all likable and hold your interest.
Bit of a warning, the book does start just a wince slow, it does need to build up some steam, but once that boiler pops you will be going full bore down the rails without any brakes. Seriously, it picks up and never looks back. I think it helps that you aren't bogged down by the characters having to farm XP, as Schmidt smartly kinda skips that part of the storyline. A wise choice.
Doug Tisdale Jr. does a great job narrating and living the story out for you. He took a me a few minutes to get used to, but once I settled in I was impressed at his skill and versatility. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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