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SamHaine
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Soft scifi that reads like a computer game

Read up to chapter 9, may decide to continue despite the flaws I'll be listing later on. Also, review will include spoilers, so beware.

To start with, the story is generally well written with good grammar. It is more than capable of both keeping readers interested and engaged, as well as conveying the tension that the MC feels. The world created feels sufficiently complex. But...

This is where the troubles start: it is a world of phlebotinum, and even that may be a bit of a stretch at times. There is hardly any logic to the tech level, most locations just don't make any sense and resources - both natural and salvageable - are set up in a convenient collection node/open the crate system like in classic sci-fi computer games.

Here are a couple of examples of the spoilery kind:

Spoiler: Spoiler

As stated in the spoiler, the MC does not act her supposed role, making use of skills and attitudes that should have been drilled into her as part of her military training. No, she instead acts like some kind of idiot that only plot armor - or the manipulative machination of her enemies keeps alive. 

And the worst thing is, that the story manages to be enjoyable despite all these flaws, showing how little logic and continuity mean in a story.

hao16
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This is a preliminary review, and I'll update it as I read more, but as of Chapter 6, I can say I'm absolutely enthralled with this story. This is a wonderful story, with no wishy-washy VR elements or big blue boxes that break immersion periodically. The story takes a natural flow and stays true to what it claims it is - a story of survival against Lovecraftian alien horrors hell-bent on wiping out humanity. However not all is as it seems and as we read further we also get to explore the darker sides of humanity and the marvels of technology....and the horrors. 

The author has done a pretty good job of conveying the sense of dread and hopelessness the protagonist faces on a daily basis, but the protagonist acts too cavalier and uncaring at times. Of course, this could just be a coping mechanism, but not enough of background has been established for the characters currently. However, that said, it is indeed a wonderful way to introduce aspects of the World instead of straight up info-dumps. With a bit of polish, this is worthy of 5 stars

Magmaggeddon
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One of the best things I've read on this site for sure.

The author does an amazing job of conveying the characters and their feelings. This, combined with the presence of humanity's dark side, makes everything feel disturbingly real.

You quickly get pulled into the story and can't stop reading, it could almost be called a masterpiece.

Almost. There are a couple of errors that might throw you a little, but the story itself is gripping enough to make you overlook said errors.

It's worth a read, even if you aren't a big fan of the sci-fi genre.