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Eight Internet friends have an "IRL" meeting in a mountain cabin. But instead of the long weekend get-together they planned, they're suddenly caught up in the end of the world as they knew it! They just met for the first time in real life last night, and today's group wake-up call is strange messages floating in the air telling them that something called a "System Start" ha Eight Internet friends have an "IRL" meeting in a mountain cabin. But instead of the long weekend get-together they planned, they're suddenly caught up in the end of the world as they knew it! They just met for the first time in real life last night, and today's group wake-up call is strange messages floating in the air telling them that something called a "System Start" has just happened. Now magic works, and technology doesn't. Cell phones won't work, cars won't start, and it's ten miles to the nearest town. Some of them have families to worry about. Some of them don't even believe this is real. And all of them have secrets they'll have to overcome if they're going to work together and make it back to town alive. On the way, they'll meet other survivors, also confused, scared, and questioning what's happening. Ten miles doesn't seem that far, but by the end of it, they'll have faced some of the worst that the System can throw at them. And then things really get interesting. The small Tennessee town they're trying to reach is isolated, cut off, and surrounded by a new and terrifying world. Outside the town, ordinary creatures are becoming things out of nightmare. And inside the town, legends are coming to life... Mind Games is a new GameLit/LitRPG novel in the tradition of Tao Wong's "System Apocalypse". If you enjoy books by William Arand, Scottie Futch, and other contemporary LitRPG writers, you'll love Mind Games!


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Eight Internet friends have an "IRL" meeting in a mountain cabin. But instead of the long weekend get-together they planned, they're suddenly caught up in the end of the world as they knew it! They just met for the first time in real life last night, and today's group wake-up call is strange messages floating in the air telling them that something called a "System Start" ha Eight Internet friends have an "IRL" meeting in a mountain cabin. But instead of the long weekend get-together they planned, they're suddenly caught up in the end of the world as they knew it! They just met for the first time in real life last night, and today's group wake-up call is strange messages floating in the air telling them that something called a "System Start" has just happened. Now magic works, and technology doesn't. Cell phones won't work, cars won't start, and it's ten miles to the nearest town. Some of them have families to worry about. Some of them don't even believe this is real. And all of them have secrets they'll have to overcome if they're going to work together and make it back to town alive. On the way, they'll meet other survivors, also confused, scared, and questioning what's happening. Ten miles doesn't seem that far, but by the end of it, they'll have faced some of the worst that the System can throw at them. And then things really get interesting. The small Tennessee town they're trying to reach is isolated, cut off, and surrounded by a new and terrifying world. Outside the town, ordinary creatures are becoming things out of nightmare. And inside the town, legends are coming to life... Mind Games is a new GameLit/LitRPG novel in the tradition of Tao Wong's "System Apocalypse". If you enjoy books by William Arand, Scottie Futch, and other contemporary LitRPG writers, you'll love Mind Games!

30 review for Mind Games

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Very unoriginal I am sorry to say that there are few unoriginal ideas in this book. It is one thing to ve inspired, but another thing to bastardize another persons ideals so blatantly. Perhaps the author is trying to create a sub-genera of a sub-genera, but again it was almost like an interview piece to be a ghost writer for Tao Wong. Some obvious nods to Ether Collapse as well in this book, so overall unoriginal and the story was painfully slow to develop. Ever had something bad happen and you ha Very unoriginal I am sorry to say that there are few unoriginal ideas in this book. It is one thing to ve inspired, but another thing to bastardize another persons ideals so blatantly. Perhaps the author is trying to create a sub-genera of a sub-genera, but again it was almost like an interview piece to be a ghost writer for Tao Wong. Some obvious nods to Ether Collapse as well in this book, so overall unoriginal and the story was painfully slow to develop. Ever had something bad happen and you had to explain it to someone? After a day of telling the same story over and over to your loved ones it got more and more monotonous? That is basically this book, in the groups 10 mile walk from a cabin in the woods (Ether Collapse idea) to town, picking up people along the way. (Ether Collapse) Saving grace to this book is it has a sexy Catgirl, but does not turn Lewd or Harem on us. If that came to play, it would have hit the 1 star. Please develop a better plot if you are not going to invest time into original ideas.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steven Naylor

    Rating 4.0 stars Surprisingly good. This is the first litrpg book for this author and I think he did an excellent job. All these stories are pretty much the same so there needs to be something that makes it standout. Having the main character be a master hypnotist that influences his build later on definitely makes it unique. Sooner or later I will tire of reading what essentially amounts to reading the same story over and over again just told in a slightly different way, but that day is not to Rating 4.0 stars Surprisingly good. This is the first litrpg book for this author and I think he did an excellent job. All these stories are pretty much the same so there needs to be something that makes it standout. Having the main character be a master hypnotist that influences his build later on definitely makes it unique. Sooner or later I will tire of reading what essentially amounts to reading the same story over and over again just told in a slightly different way, but that day is not today! I am enjoying these new stories of the earth being turned into a game-like world instead of the much more prevalent player going to a virtual world. With the Earth being turned into a game-like world, there is the added storyline of people not understanding how game mechanics work and having them adapt to survive. It makes the "gamers" the most important source of information in these worlds. That is ironic considering gaming is not considered a very important life skill in the current world we live. A group of online friends go away for the weekend and have some naughty fun. They are all into hypnotism, either performing it or being put under. After their fun night they wake up and have a message in their vision saying the world has changed. (view spoiler)[ They get a message saying that they are in a higher than normal mana saturated area so they are allowed and extra perk. The main character ends up picking a mind mage (mesmerist) which is the first of his kind in the whole world. This allows him to influence/hypnotize people even if they aren't willing. This gives him a chance at great power but also could be seen by other people as evil. He gets a bump to charisma and intelligence. This is also a little unique. Charisma is not usually one of the main traits for main characters in these type of stories. The woman he is with becomes a catgirl. I enjoyed this as well. A little japanese manga into the story never hurt anything. I thought it was a little weird that she was not able to turn into her catgirl persona without the MC giving her a mentalist command. It makes her too dependant on him I thought. The group travels 10 miles to the nearest town trying to find safety. They stop and help other people as much as they can, they fight a few monsters and a few people that try to hurt them. Once they get to town they end up safe, but find out that nobody seems to know what is happening and their group is the highest level. They do what they can to educate the populace on the new system and help them survive. At the end, the group is visited by alien creatures that have come to settle on the earth. A group of elves and dwarves. The group uses their influence to prevent any disasters from happening. Even though these groups were not responsible for the system and all the deaths on earth, a lot of people are angry and want someone to blame. (hide spoiler)] This was much more of a setup book. It explains the world and how everything works. There is some action and some leveling up, but the goal of this book was just to survive. I expect more action and settlement building in the next book. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marc Whipple

    Disclaimer: I am the author of this book! Mind Games is a LitRPG System Apocalypse novel in the tradition of Earth Tactics Advance, The Legend of Randidly Ghosthound, and Tao Wong's System Apocalypse series. You can read sample chapters here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/... Here's the description of both LitRPG in general, and this book in particular, from the original Kickstarter project: What's LitRPG? LitRPG i Disclaimer: I am the author of this book! Mind Games is a LitRPG System Apocalypse novel in the tradition of Earth Tactics Advance, The Legend of Randidly Ghosthound, and Tao Wong's System Apocalypse series. You can read sample chapters here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/... Here's the description of both LitRPG in general, and this book in particular, from the original Kickstarter project: What's LitRPG? LitRPG is an emerging genre of fiction that can include science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any other "standard" genre, but with a twist: the main characters of the story are also characters in a game. This can be because they're literally playing a game, or because they live in a universe that has "game-like" rules. If you've ever seen or read Life in the North, Rise of the Shield Hero, Sword Art Online, Arifureta, or the Guardians of the Flame series, those are all forms of LitRPG. The key element of LitRPG is that the characters in a LitRPG story try to increase their power by accumulating experience and "leveling up," becoming more powerful and being able to overcome more powerful challenges in turn. Mind Games: A Summary Mind Games will be the first book in a series about what LitRPG fans call a "System Apocalypse." This flavor of LitRPG takes place in our own familiar world... but somehow, it's also become a world of stats and scores, hit points, experience points, and leveling up! Magic and monsters are suddenly real - and the characters in the story are caught in the middle of the massive disruption as they try to reach safety from the mountain cabin they've rented for a weekend get-together. Complicating things is the fact that while now magic works, technology doesn't. No phones, no electricity, no cars. It's primitive as can be, at least until humanity gets the System figured out and can start fighting back against the mutated animals and other surprises that the System is throwing at them. Not that the monsters are necessarily the worst threat in this radically changed world... Our heroes, Internet friends from a mysterious social site, have rented a cabin for an "IRL" get-together. They wake up on Saturday morning to strange messages floating in the air telling them that something called a "System Start" has just happened. The good news: They're in an area which will have lots of magical energy, so they're entitled to some sweet "new player/higher difficulty" perks that the average human won't get. The bad news: They're in an area which will have lots of magical energy, which means that the local wildlife will also gain power rapidly. It'll get bigger, smarter, meaner, and hungrier. The System's messages don't mince words: "Chose your perks and be ready to run." TL;DR? They need to get out of the mountains, fast, and find a place where there are more people and the promise of safety. They just met for the first time in real life last night, they have no cell phones, no cars, and it's ten miles to town. Some of them have families to worry about. Some of them don't even believe this is real. And all of them have secrets they'll have to overcome if they're going to work together and make it back to town alive. On the way, they'll meet other survivors, also confused, scared, and questioning what's happening. Ten miles doesn't seem that far, but by the end of it, they'll have faced some of the worst that the System can throw at them. And then things really get interesting Outside the small Tennessee town they're trying so desperately to reach, ordinary creatures are becoming things out of nightmare. And inside the town, legends are coming to life...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Clint Young

    Alert First, my review: “This was a fun book. I am glad that I read it. You should try it too.” Over the past year it has become apparent that my reviews are somewhat antagonistic and I apologize to those of you that have taken offense. I think I had hoped to change peoples’ minds about reviewing works of art and that seems to have backfired spectacularly. However, I am still going to be true to myself and write what I believe. To the author: Thank you for this chance to escape reality and enjoy t Alert First, my review: “This was a fun book. I am glad that I read it. You should try it too.” Over the past year it has become apparent that my reviews are somewhat antagonistic and I apologize to those of you that have taken offense. I think I had hoped to change peoples’ minds about reviewing works of art and that seems to have backfired spectacularly. However, I am still going to be true to myself and write what I believe. To the author: Thank you for this chance to escape reality and enjoy the world you created! Keep up the good work. To my fellow reviewers: Messaging me and reviewing my reviews is as productive as trying to shovel water out of the ocean. Stop. I get it. Let’s just all live peacefully. To potential readers: Art needs to be experienced at an individual level. You are the only one that can determine what you like and don’t like. Don’t let others make that decision for you. You should definitely read the book and completely ignore all of the reviews. You are a much better judge of what you will like than anyone here. Cheers

  5. 5 out of 5

    Niels Baumgartner

    Not bad Worth a look and a Sunday afternoon if you enjoy litrpg. I think my single point of critique is that there are far more nerds than he realizes, and many people would be competent at reading numbers and descriptions should their lives depend on it. That said, solid addition to the genre with a people and character driven story that does well with his writing style.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    LitRPG with an apocalypse.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ryan J

    Interesting Concept, horrible Female Dynamics The main character is constantly being physically hit by a woman that claims to like him and respect him for saving her and their whole party. Similarly there is a want-to-be dominant that constantly tries to put him down or assert herself when she does nothing for the party. I literally had to stop reading this book multiple times and read other stories where the MC wasn’t being constantly tore down or dismissed by these two characters. The concepts Interesting Concept, horrible Female Dynamics The main character is constantly being physically hit by a woman that claims to like him and respect him for saving her and their whole party. Similarly there is a want-to-be dominant that constantly tries to put him down or assert herself when she does nothing for the party. I literally had to stop reading this book multiple times and read other stories where the MC wasn’t being constantly tore down or dismissed by these two characters. The concepts are interesting and I would like to see where the story goes as there is a great deal of potential. It would be great to see the MC actually be OP and use his smarts to actually lead people to prosperity, the potential is there. I’m just over the narratives of women tearing down men and I’m sorry that can’t lead to healthy success or actual long term survival in a post-apocalyptic world, you either work together or you die. I do want to read the second book to see if dynamics improve and how the concepts play out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

    Great start to an intriguing series Really enjoyed this book and its take on the LitRPG genre. Great characters and the "system" seemed to be really well thought out, though this book barely scratches the surface. The LitRPG elements weren't overwhelming, and the MC provides great, simple explanations for everything. In that, this is a great entry-point into the genre of you're unfamiliar with it. Looking forward to the next book! Great start to an intriguing series Really enjoyed this book and its take on the LitRPG genre. Great characters and the "system" seemed to be really well thought out, though this book barely scratches the surface. The LitRPG elements weren't overwhelming, and the MC provides great, simple explanations for everything. In that, this is a great entry-point into the genre of you're unfamiliar with it. Looking forward to the next book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    If you've read the system apocalypse litrpg, and you liked it, then this book will be somewhat familiar to you. It's full of characters doing their best to handle the earth becoming a new system planet, with immigration, leveling up animals, and all the trouble that all brings. Some may think it's a system apocalypse simply retold, and although there may be *some* truth to that, it's also a very well done story in it's own right, and deserves to be judged on it's own merits. I liked this one, an If you've read the system apocalypse litrpg, and you liked it, then this book will be somewhat familiar to you. It's full of characters doing their best to handle the earth becoming a new system planet, with immigration, leveling up animals, and all the trouble that all brings. Some may think it's a system apocalypse simply retold, and although there may be *some* truth to that, it's also a very well done story in it's own right, and deserves to be judged on it's own merits. I liked this one, and will be sure to follow future releases in the series. Unfortunately, I missed it when it was a kickstarter campaign, as I most definitely would have backed this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    Well-written The writing is well-above the typical standard for the genre (and most self-published kindle books). The characters are believable and interesting. The story is engaging but doesn’t get bogged down in too many charts and tables as so many other litrpg titles do.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris Evans

    This is like a copy of Equalize? O_o Had to double check this wasn't supposed to be set in that word. Very strange. The thing is, where that book does some world building and explains what is causes the Armageddon, this just does it and seems to have the attitude, 'it's magic, don't think about it'. In the end not much happens besides explanations of very basic rpg concepts, often multiple times. Followed by reaction shots of some people being shocked/confused and others being excited. e_e There's This is like a copy of Equalize? O_o Had to double check this wasn't supposed to be set in that word. Very strange. The thing is, where that book does some world building and explains what is causes the Armageddon, this just does it and seems to have the attitude, 'it's magic, don't think about it'. In the end not much happens besides explanations of very basic rpg concepts, often multiple times. Followed by reaction shots of some people being shocked/confused and others being excited. e_e There's just nothing new here. There's even "Immigration" where he could introduce cool, creative, sci-fantasy sentient species and what does he do? Bog standard Short human and pointy eared human. At least the writing is solid.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Randy Smith

    Good Book. Not much new with this book compared to many of the others in this genre but it was very well written. The characters were fairly decently worked out and some good side plots as set up. The story was overall not bad.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James

    A interesting first book. I enjoyed the progression of the story and I liked that the MC is non traditional in what he did before the Apocalypse happened. The MC was interesting in that he had a class I have never seen in any book before.The rpg part of the book was not very detailed at the moment but hopefully it will be fleshed out more in future books. The party dynamics was pretty good and was more realistic than in many as the characters did not automatically work together like a well oiled A interesting first book. I enjoyed the progression of the story and I liked that the MC is non traditional in what he did before the Apocalypse happened. The MC was interesting in that he had a class I have never seen in any book before.The rpg part of the book was not very detailed at the moment but hopefully it will be fleshed out more in future books. The party dynamics was pretty good and was more realistic than in many as the characters did not automatically work together like a well oiled machine. The author has included a character that many people will not like in the party to keep it more realistic. The pacing was good and I enjoyed the progression of the story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Romanticfae

    Very fun Loved it really good read I stayed up way to late to finish as I could not put it down. Just the right pace so it’s always interesting while still having character growth and interaction hope to see more soon .

  15. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    Book one Mistakes: I found only two mistakes in the book. Plot: This is a System Apocalypse style book. When the system arrives a small group of friends must make their way from a cabin in the mountains to the nearest town. Characters: The group is full of interesting characters. Some of them are more fleshed out then others. The tank and monk could use more depth. 8/10 I look forward to seeing how this plays out.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donny

    I enjoyed this entry in the Magic comes to the mundane world genre. It is reminiscent of Tao Wong's System Apocalypse books in that our MC wakes to the world Awakening to Mana in a dangerous area. But the MC is not alone. We get to follow of group of people who are doing an IRL meetup in a remote cabin when the transition happens. This means we get a party with the basics covered. Book one is all about getting back to civilization. It was a nice Slice of Life journey and I am looking forward to I enjoyed this entry in the Magic comes to the mundane world genre. It is reminiscent of Tao Wong's System Apocalypse books in that our MC wakes to the world Awakening to Mana in a dangerous area. But the MC is not alone. We get to follow of group of people who are doing an IRL meetup in a remote cabin when the transition happens. This means we get a party with the basics covered. Book one is all about getting back to civilization. It was a nice Slice of Life journey and I am looking forward to the next entry.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I was honestly expecting a poorly written harem book based on the cover. The blurb made me give it a shot and I was thrilled to find this was neither poorly written, nor a harem (or even explicit) story. A well written system-apocalypse type story. A bit of adventure, finding out about the system. Influence of Tao Wong's system apocalypse story is apparent, though this was called out by the author in the forward. All in all, looking forward to another installment. I was honestly expecting a poorly written harem book based on the cover. The blurb made me give it a shot and I was thrilled to find this was neither poorly written, nor a harem (or even explicit) story. A well written system-apocalypse type story. A bit of adventure, finding out about the system. Influence of Tao Wong's system apocalypse story is apparent, though this was called out by the author in the forward. All in all, looking forward to another installment.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Olsen

    James Erickson wakes up at a retreat home in Tennessee with "system messages" telling him that the world has been taken over and changed. He gathers together the rest of those who had spent the night together, all brought together in one way or another by a shared interest in hypnotism (erotic or otherwise) and they decide what they plan to do and the best way to handle this changing world. A decision is made to make their way out of these reclusive cabins and to the nearest town. It does not end James Erickson wakes up at a retreat home in Tennessee with "system messages" telling him that the world has been taken over and changed. He gathers together the rest of those who had spent the night together, all brought together in one way or another by a shared interest in hypnotism (erotic or otherwise) and they decide what they plan to do and the best way to handle this changing world. A decision is made to make their way out of these reclusive cabins and to the nearest town. It does not end well. Mind Games is, in many ways, a very typical World Apocalypse game complete with stats, theory crafting, video game mechanics manifesting in the real world (such as inventory spaces and stats added to equipment), and an ever-increasing danger. Where it shines is in how the party members interact with each other - even as the world becomes more "gamified" the characters come off as grounded and their reactions make sense. These aren't soldiers trained for war, they're just hobbyists with some very loosely tied together interests doing the best they can with a system they don't understand and know not to trust. Some of the twists and turns are kind of absurd, yet also part and partial of the genre. Some of them are entirely unique and interesting, such as having a main character whose specialty isn't in mass murder but subtle suggestion, and a female lead who when hypnotized realizes her true self as a savage catgirl. Overall it's a very solid entry and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Carr

    Very Enjoyable The flirting between the MC and love interest struck me as rather awkward most of the time, but that was mainly down to timing. It just usually seemed like a weird situation to be distracted by the sexy, you know? Or maybe it needs to be leaned into a little more, make the character(s) just a bit “thinks with the other head” so it makes sense to be distracted so often. Flawed characters are interesting, it could be a good hurdle. Either way, I hope we’ll see that issue smoothed ou Very Enjoyable The flirting between the MC and love interest struck me as rather awkward most of the time, but that was mainly down to timing. It just usually seemed like a weird situation to be distracted by the sexy, you know? Or maybe it needs to be leaned into a little more, make the character(s) just a bit “thinks with the other head” so it makes sense to be distracted so often. Flawed characters are interesting, it could be a good hurdle. Either way, I hope we’ll see that issue smoothed out in the next book. But the world is interesting and the direction our characters’ powers are taking is fascinating - I haven’t seen anything in litrpg featuring hypnosis before, and I hope we’ll learn more about it. I also look forward to seeing some enemies with this power set, because you can see in the skill descriptions some really dark ways they could be applied. Time for a face-off! Strong influence by Tao Wong (other inspirations I am not as familiar with were also listed, so now I have recs for my reading list!), so if you enjoy his apocalypse series, you might enjoy this too. It’s a fun read, and very good for a first book - I see serious potential for this series. Definitely recommend giving it a shot.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbie

    I loved this book. I can't wait for the next in the series Read this book! I very much liked the main characters James and Danielle . And the entire concept of a System Start was very original and well done. The initial leveling up is very interesting and in fact the most fun part of RPGs is leveling up and getting new gear and skills and power. I was reminded of when I played WoW and beginning a new character in the starter areas. I can't wait til the next book when they get to a more advanced are I loved this book. I can't wait for the next in the series Read this book! I very much liked the main characters James and Danielle . And the entire concept of a System Start was very original and well done. The initial leveling up is very interesting and in fact the most fun part of RPGs is leveling up and getting new gear and skills and power. I was reminded of when I played WoW and beginning a new character in the starter areas. I can't wait til the next book when they get to a more advanced area and gain more power and more skills. Critiques - I'd like to see Joe developed a bit more as tank, his personality and skills and abilities. Obviously James is the main character and leader, and we learned a bit about Danielle's, but the rest were a bit of a black box. I'd like to be able to see the status table of the different characters like we did with James - stroke of the pen to say ,"as party leader you can now...." :) I also liked the author wasn't afraid to have some hardship and tragedy going for James to deal with. His talk with Sheila actually moved me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nathanael Keeler

    Great I enjoyed this book a lot. It is Gamelit System Apocalypse novel with the usual elements. So far nothing that unusual or special. One thing that I found strange about the story is that the starting group of people are sharing a holiday house but don’t really know each other. Although this helped the narrative along as the MC had to get to know the other people. The last third of the book concerned settlement politics etc and I found that really killed the pace of the story and was perhaps a Great I enjoyed this book a lot. It is Gamelit System Apocalypse novel with the usual elements. So far nothing that unusual or special. One thing that I found strange about the story is that the starting group of people are sharing a holiday house but don’t really know each other. Although this helped the narrative along as the MC had to get to know the other people. The last third of the book concerned settlement politics etc and I found that really killed the pace of the story and was perhaps a little unbalanced. On the plus side, it sets the next book up for a cracker start. I hesitated trying this novel as the cat girl made me think harem, not a fan. However, I have not seen harem development although there are non-traditional relationships in the side characters and the MC to a certain extent. Certainly not an issue for me but those who are sensitive should take note. As I said, nothing groundbreaking here but a solid read with interesting characters. I am hanging out for the next instalment.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erik Rounds

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. The characters are well written and interesting, and the game mechanics are well thought out. The MC's class of Mind Mage/Mesmerist allows him to discretely influence the minds of others, which is a nice twist. He's not the strongest person on the team in terms of damage output, but he does take charge, despite his repeated claims that he isn't the leader. The female lead is a magical catgirl who can transform back and forth. I do appreciate that I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. The characters are well written and interesting, and the game mechanics are well thought out. The MC's class of Mind Mage/Mesmerist allows him to discretely influence the minds of others, which is a nice twist. He's not the strongest person on the team in terms of damage output, but he does take charge, despite his repeated claims that he isn't the leader. The female lead is a magical catgirl who can transform back and forth. I do appreciate that many of the classes in this book are unique, rather than always falling back on standard tropes like fighter, mage, and thief. One thing I didn't like is how only a few of the characters seemed to know anything about video games, and none of the women seemed to know anything about gaming. 65% of Americans are gamers (including 48% of women), but the characters in this book make it seem much much lower. This minor issue aside, I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the sequel. If you enjoy LitRPG apocalypses, do yourself a favor and pick up this book today.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nas Nilvi

    A surprisingly good read! Premise is that earth has transitioned and mana/magic is real. Animals are evolving via mana and technology no longer works. Group of online friends meet irl for the first time when the “system” hits and earth changes. People have classes/abilities to help them survive. Story follows this group of friends/acquaintances and how they progress in a new world filled with mana-evolved animals, cat-girls, dwarves & elves. Overall, characters were likable and i did not want to A surprisingly good read! Premise is that earth has transitioned and mana/magic is real. Animals are evolving via mana and technology no longer works. Group of online friends meet irl for the first time when the “system” hits and earth changes. People have classes/abilities to help them survive. Story follows this group of friends/acquaintances and how they progress in a new world filled with mana-evolved animals, cat-girls, dwarves & elves. Overall, characters were likable and i did not want to put the book down. Some of the mushy crap the main guy says got on my nerves but otherwise book is a great and fun adventure. Nothing new for this type of book but nonetheless it earns it spot.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kishore

    Too short a book for me....if the book is short then it better be fast paced for me to gobble up the story. Cons for me ,system notification are full, for damage dealt and remaining MP...nothing much happened in the story .... and when i was reading the time notifcation it says 2017.... I am reading it in 2020 so i expected it to be 2020 or 2021 and stop the full notification for time also just show a shortcut for it. The only fear when i start reading a novel is ... if i like the novel when woul Too short a book for me....if the book is short then it better be fast paced for me to gobble up the story. Cons for me ,system notification are full, for damage dealt and remaining MP...nothing much happened in the story .... and when i was reading the time notifcation it says 2017.... I am reading it in 2020 so i expected it to be 2020 or 2021 and stop the full notification for time also just show a shortcut for it. The only fear when i start reading a novel is ... if i like the novel when would be its next installation is my main worry... so when i saw the time as 2017, I was like ... maybe the author has been writing it for 3 years .... and to wait for next installation would be foolish.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark Hearty

    First this was an enjoyable read but its all a bit to nice. Ive been reading some Russian LitRPG and it tend to be a little more gritty. The setup and choice of character back story is wasted. The world is falling apart but its all lets hold hands and sing kumbaya . I think this happened because the author likes the characters. The main male lead could have been more human if he enjoyed his abilities a little more(evil crackle ). He does some stuff that kinda crapy but it all ok because he's rea First this was an enjoyable read but its all a bit to nice. Ive been reading some Russian LitRPG and it tend to be a little more gritty. The setup and choice of character back story is wasted. The world is falling apart but its all lets hold hands and sing kumbaya . I think this happened because the author likes the characters. The main male lead could have been more human if he enjoyed his abilities a little more(evil crackle ). He does some stuff that kinda crapy but it all ok because he's really a good guy. It might have been more fun if he was a slighly flawed manipulating know it all douche bag or a few grey hats mixed in with the white hats (there arent any black hats ) please . Hell thats just my impression but what do i know?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pumpkin

    This book caught be by surprise, so much so that when I started and finished this book within a 24 hour time span and couldn't find issues with it without being overly picky, I was left feeling stunned. This is a perfect introductory book if you're brand new to the LitRPG series, and it's (mostly) safe for all ages. I wouldn't recommend this to kids due to some adult themed situations, but it's still Safe For Work. The plot was enthralling, the characters had depth and were consistent. I can't pr This book caught be by surprise, so much so that when I started and finished this book within a 24 hour time span and couldn't find issues with it without being overly picky, I was left feeling stunned. This is a perfect introductory book if you're brand new to the LitRPG series, and it's (mostly) safe for all ages. I wouldn't recommend this to kids due to some adult themed situations, but it's still Safe For Work. The plot was enthralling, the characters had depth and were consistent. I can't praise this book more without spoilers, but trust me. If you enjoy game novels, there's a pretty high chance you'll enjoy this book. Very few books get a 5 star review out of me, and even fewer get to go on my Favorites shelf. I'm glad I took a chance on it, so so glad.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donnie Dennison

    A pretty good story At first i didn’t like the story too much. For one thing. Too many characters to keep track of. Also the use of a variation of the phrase it is what it is. Anyone who would use this phrase in my opinion should not be a writer. I added several of my notes which i believe show up on goodreads. Over all, not a it of mistakes... there’s a time where a wrong name was used and maybe a thing or two more. So having said all that, i stuck with the story and i have changed my thoughts. I A pretty good story At first i didn’t like the story too much. For one thing. Too many characters to keep track of. Also the use of a variation of the phrase it is what it is. Anyone who would use this phrase in my opinion should not be a writer. I added several of my notes which i believe show up on goodreads. Over all, not a it of mistakes... there’s a time where a wrong name was used and maybe a thing or two more. So having said all that, i stuck with the story and i have changed my thoughts. It is a good story. Hard to keep track of everyone but that is really miner. The main character and the cat girl are good leads. I hope the deputy gets a bigger part. Not sure why I feel that other than I feel she deserves it. I look forward to the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wolkenfels

    Typical system apocalypse book. MC and friends are in a remote cabin when over night a game system is activated over earth that will give them game like character classes, stats and skills while animals get to monsters. The MC has some hypnotizes skills that reflect in his class and his group is making the trek to the next town. This book proofs that not every book with a cat like girl on the cover is a bad harem story. Indeed it is one of the better system apocalypse stories i have read. Sure t Typical system apocalypse book. MC and friends are in a remote cabin when over night a game system is activated over earth that will give them game like character classes, stats and skills while animals get to monsters. The MC has some hypnotizes skills that reflect in his class and his group is making the trek to the next town. This book proofs that not every book with a cat like girl on the cover is a bad harem story. Indeed it is one of the better system apocalypse stories i have read. Sure the MC is too smart but there is some nice group interaction, some nice fights and intersting skills and stuff. (the loot part could be a bit better from my point of view). Will definitely read the next in series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robert Baucom

    A hypnotist in LitRPG! Worth the read! I give it a 5 stars because of the writing and story quality. It's quality stuff! I enjoyed the take on the hypnotist in the LiTRPG setting. I also like how adding points to the main character intelligence score seemed to make him more INTELLIGENT! No oh I have 50 points that I'm going to save for a rainy day. The anguish and desperation of the main character and party members dealing with a changed world. And still had the amount of comedic relief inside o A hypnotist in LitRPG! Worth the read! I give it a 5 stars because of the writing and story quality. It's quality stuff! I enjoyed the take on the hypnotist in the LiTRPG setting. I also like how adding points to the main character intelligence score seemed to make him more INTELLIGENT! No oh I have 50 points that I'm going to save for a rainy day. The anguish and desperation of the main character and party members dealing with a changed world. And still had the amount of comedic relief inside of it. It does a great job of explaining the concepts behind gaming so that a person NEW to the genre could understand what's going on. Looking forward to book number two!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    Great story! Fun story, and I’ll say it fits the traditional system apocalypse narrative well with a few changes. Main character is a mage - but more of a social mage. It makes sense that people listen to him for no apparent reason... that’s his ability. It sort of fits well in the genre because it is a tad unique in having a mostly charisma focused character. Yes there are a few, but for a system apocalypse story none come to mind immediately. Is it original? No. But the execution is great, and it Great story! Fun story, and I’ll say it fits the traditional system apocalypse narrative well with a few changes. Main character is a mage - but more of a social mage. It makes sense that people listen to him for no apparent reason... that’s his ability. It sort of fits well in the genre because it is a tad unique in having a mostly charisma focused character. Yes there are a few, but for a system apocalypse story none come to mind immediately. Is it original? No. But the execution is great, and it hits a lot of fun and different beats that make it worthwhile. Give it a chance and you won’t regret it.

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