Nova Terra: Titan
Nova Terra, a new world, a new reality. Nova Terra runs parallel to the real world and seeks to fulfill the fantasies and desires of those who dare plunge into its mysterious depths. Nova Terra, your dreams, your world.
Jump into the world of Nova Terra with Thorn, a giant young man seeking reprieve from his life of pain. Watch as he carves out a place for himself and discovers that there is much more to his life than he realizes.
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I've only red up to book 1, chapter 20 at this point. And so far I have to say I'm fairly disappointed. Nothing has happened since the protagonist entered the game world. At this point there are a number of unimportant side characters that have no impact on anything of note. The only notable characters are the protagonist himself and that's only because of his condition outside the game and apparent abilities inside the game, the protagonists Aunt and the four trainer and their vaguely irritating antics.
my problem with the protagonist stems from the fact that they are a boring and uncreative person. The only thing notable about the protagonist is their size, and their handicaps outside of the game. Inside they game the protagonist is Hero Unit #4X92 who is so stupidly strong that he breaks every weapon he uses. But instead of mowing down everything in the starting area and exploring the world the protagonist, who is apparently as creative as a stone, goes on a quest to kill some wolves. Then they did it again, and again, and again. The introduction of more boring unimportants at this point in time and probably ever side characters that dragged the protagonist along to carry their luggage was almost a relief instead of an irritation. Because things were really boring and I thought things would get better.
Instead we get exactly what was stated on the tin when the group that recruited the protagonist to carry their luggage hired him. He carried their luggage and complained a bit about not getting to smash things with his fists. Because again, apparently weapons aren't a thing for him. Because reasons, of course. Because of course giving him a f-duck off big sword or a mallet and letting him crush things into oblivion would just be dumb. No, apparently we're too boring for the rule of cool in this story, so yeah. Then we get an entire chapter of the apparently elite players who recruited the protagonist to carry their luggage, where they explain the horrifically stupid game mechanics. Long story short it's like Legendary Moonlike Sculpter but with all the fun and interesting parts drained out of it. Also apparently the world is fine with a highly advanced AI controling the media and erasing information about the game that people try to share. Because that doesn't throw up a million red flags or anything, nope.
My experience so far has been thoroughly boring. The Protagonist is only interesting in so far as his condition makes him interesting. There are no meaningful character interactions and I want to scream at my computer monitor for something to happen, anything. Because nothing is happening.
This was incredibly frustrating to read and if we ignored the wonderful lifelike graphics and stupidly advanced VR, then the game everything is based upon wouldn't be worth playing if it existed in real life.
Nothing of note has happened and it doesn't feel like it's going anywhere. It might get better later on. But I'm just not invested enough to push through the trash and find the diamonds.
Starting out, the fiction holds great promise, however, quickly devolves into the main character simply running around doing boring errands.
There is no true emotional struggle, no point in rooting for Thorn, as he can solve most of his problems through application of his incredible strength. However when he does use his power, he rarely used it in an interesting way.
If Thorn were to wander from city to city, trying to avoid hatred for his monstrous size and strength, it would be interesting.
If Thorn went full weeaboo cliche revenge story, going on a terrible crusade to destroy those who wronged him, it would be really edgy, but still more interesting.
This is not the story of a giant among men, but the story of a tall bloke who makes friends, and does get betrayed, but doesn't mind that much after all.
If you like generally peaceful stories with no real struggle or emotional investment, this is the story for you.
While grammar and punctuation are on point, actual character depth and story are not.
It's been a while since I read this story. I read it on Wattpad well before I even knew what RoyalRoad was (though skimming indicates that the versions are largely the same) and I put it down at around chapter 11.
I admit that this means I'm only familiar with a tiny poriton of the story, though if eleven chapters aren't enough to hook me even remotely, the rest probably isn't that good either.
I admit that I'm gonna sound a bit harsh, harsher than I would be to a less popular author, but given this story's success, it at least doesn't feel like punching down.
Nova Terra: Titan is a sci-fi LitRPG following the life of Xavier, a young man befallen by a condition that increases his size to uncomfortable degrees. Through a virtual reality, he can enter the world of Nova Terra, escaping the uncomfortable realities of the analog world.
I'm not too familiar with the LitRPG genre, so I'm not sure if this story was meant for me, but I have already seen such stories being executed much better.
It already starts in chapter one where we have an untamed info-dumb by the doctor on what Xavier's condition is like (full with the "as you know") and how the nanites in his body work. This was already a huge red flag right there, since the first chapter is extremely important in hooking the reader. The author even lampshaded how terrible the info-dump was by having the doctor take a breath.
However, I had already read stories where the author didn't know what to do with their exposition and just thus dumped all at the start. In these stories, the rest of the story was at least more readable.
This wasn't such a story. It takes about four chapters to get Xavier into Nova Terra (I've seen LitRPGs accomplish this in one chapter!). All the chapters before were nothing but exposition.
I thought the story would improve once we got to NovaTerra, that we would get some intriguing world worth exploring. Instead, we got a generic LitRPG fantasy setting with all the stock races (elves, halflings and what-have-you).
I don't even remember what happened after Xavier got into NovaTerra other than that he did a few quests whose points I didn't get.
So, yeah, the plot isn't very good (and neither is the world).
How about characterization and prose?
Xavier is, apart from his size, a very bland main character which is something I'm fine with. If the world, the plot and the supporting cast can make up for that. We already covered the world and the plot, so how about the supporting cast? Well, besides Xavier's sesquepedalian doctor, his oversexualized aunt and some mentor in Nova Terra, I honestly don't even remember any of them.
The prose is okay. There aren't any crimes against the English language comitted and it is fairly readable, but nothing too remarkable either. This bit from chapter ten is the only sentence of description that stuck in my mind:
"[T]he trees' long, dark shadows stretched into each other, creating a sinister atmosphere."
Honestly, I don't understand why this became so popular. I mean sure, we have a huge market for LitRPG here. It's just I've seen fics so much better both here and on Wattpad that barely got any reads at all. This certainly isn't the worst fic I've ever read, but one of the most overrated ones.
I agree with just about everything KORST said.
all i can imagine when reading this novel is an 11ft giant bending over and trying to fight people half his size with martial arts. especially since some of the characters are small. for instance, imagine a midget and a 7 ft dude trying to fight with karate, sure it's entertaining but after a while you just feel sorry for the midget. I bet midgets percieve regular people as giants. anyways that's pretty much this novel Mc is a regular person and everyone else is a disabled midget in comparison, and there is nothing wrong with that, but if you are going to make your mc OP, make him really OP and don't try to nerf him near the end of the book, just let him wreck shit like the OP bitch he is.
i generally liked everything else. but the size difference still gets me.
I really like the stuff you can read about till now and i only got one big problem.
That is that the mc is way to soft and acts like a big, dumb idiot all the time. I got the feeling he is kind of intelligent when he got shown in the beginning but after he got in the game he just lets others run over him and do what they want with him. He doesnt ask his aunt for help and thje reason that he wants to explore alone doesnt really stick for me.
The problem with him not really using his OPness can be explained by him not really knowing how it works in the game, which is said many times but i hope it gets explained fast. It gets kind of frustrating when you (as a reader) know that he can do so much more than just standing in the background and shooting arrows (the good parts were shown in parts).
well i will keep reading
Excellent writing and an interesting vrmmorpg world(More detailed review when there are more chapters)
Barely below mediocre, this novel held decent promise with an interesting main character-insofar as only his body be concerned, as when one considers how his his mind and character have been shown contrary to how it was told, one becomes disappointed with that aspect. Those initial good augurs were to become unfulfilled to my great regret, as of chapter 35, by limitation from pedantic exposition, a focus on side characters rather than the main character, contradictory and unrealistic events, as well as other issues.
Style: The author uses quite a lot of filler that often results in a huge chapter expressing only a few things of importance. Many times chapters are only meaningless info dumps with the occasional bland conversation between characters.
Story: It appears to be extremely cliche, not bad per se, but if the author can’t create more interesting characters and situations it will continue to be so. There is hope here for some interesting plot, but I presume that will be marred by a too-op mc.
Mc is op. Mc is underestimated by some pros. Pros want to use him, he probably will benefit from pros because of plot armor. Evil rises and he will probably explore his ancestry then fight evil. Somewhat interesting possibility is the virtual world bleeding into the real world.
Grammar: Almost impeccable.
Characters: One dimensional cardboard characters, including the main character. Everyone is in awe of the main character, no one has shown great intelligence yet, including the main character who has been touted to be a genius. Will update review when I have time with examples.
OP main litrpgs are a sub-genre of their own and I thought this was a wonderfully told story. Thorn is very powerful but also extremely naive. I can understand that, he's 16 and has lived in isolation most of his life. By the end of Chapter 39 he has perhaps gained a little wisdom. The fact that O-you-bore-us is unaware of Thorn's extremely powerful guild connections is bound to come back and bite him.
Coming back and catching up, the book seems to have lost its way a bit. I found book two to be a little boring. Lots of words but not much real character growth. Melee combat is the worst choice for fantasy novels, since the way Thorn fights makes him sound like Andre the Giant rather than a fantasy character. After several battles, there is really no reason to read the fights, they're all exactly the same. Dude needs a class and some skills. Brute force is brutally dull.
I looked into the Patreon thing but I have no idea what a creation is so the donations make no sense. Is a creation a single chapter, if so the author is nuts. His book isn't worth the money. If a creation is a complete book, then each person has only dontated one time so far? Anyway, clear that up and I might possibly back for a few bucks.
This is a great story. The intro to the world is well done and detailed. The MC is unique and interesting, and I could not put it down for the first 20 chapters. The level of proof reading is better than some published works I've seen in recent years. Over all can't wait for the next chapter!
I think the thing I like most about this story is the interesting take on the MC. He's HUGE, he's smart and he's uber wealthy/powerful in real life....he's also 16 years old, a bit naive, led a protected/sheltered life in RL and this is his first chance to experience freedom and the ability to make his own way in life. Very engaging story with good characters though some could be "fleshed out" a little more. This will be one of the stories I will always look forward to new chapters in as the more I read the more I get drawn in.