Life of Numbers

by sryanr

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Contemporary Fantasy LitRPG Male Lead Post Apocalyptic Supernatural
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Traumatising content

Everything in life can be measured, and everything in life is measured. Each person who has ever lived has five Numbers on their arm, defining the five primary attributes of that person. Throughout someone's life, these will increase with time and effort, and all of society revolves around these Numbers.

What happens when this natural system of Numbers, the basis of all of society for all of history...changes? 

 

My first fiction, so I appreciate all reviews and feedback!

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Aspartame
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Seems promising. Would recommend 100%. Read this. Just don't expect any form of crafting. If given an axe head and an axe handle, the author's characters would be grateful for their new wacking stick and shiny-sharp rock with a hole in it. Never shal 1 + 1 = anything. It's hauntingly bizarre, and must be some form of restriction due to the character's intelligence/wisdom scores. "No one's that stupid" might not be true here, they might actually just be that stupid.

Techman
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Excellent fresh take on litrpg systems

How have I not seen this story until now?

Well written, interesting world, relatable and reasonable MC, excellent grammar and spelling.

Spoilery plot summary:

Spoiler: Spoiler

 

Silv
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As of ch18

Most of the characters make sense to me. The situation they have presented to themselves does seem somewhat realistic.

Spoiler: Spoiler

Even after my rant, I have to say that I am still enjoying the novel so far as a litrpg story. Wish you would delve further into the stats (maybe something to look out for in the future.). If you are on the fence I would say to at least give it a try.

 

Keifru
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Story to keep an eye on

(CAO Ch. 18)

A nice minimalist litRPG system, which itself suffers a kind of rebalancing/litRPG apocalypse. Its use of the opening-chapter worldbuilding tidbits is excellent; they're as good as those used in Luck Lockyer or a step below Practical Guide to Evil. Doing the little details well speaks greatly of the author.

I have some quibbles with some things that have/are going on in the more recent few chapters but I'm willing to trust the Author is building to a point or there's a plot thread being woven.

Lednacek
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I love it. It could be a round of the hill MC looses power in apocalypse story but it is not. It is extremely localised and we don't get any exposition. We know only what the MC knows. That is what makes the story unique and enjoyable

SimplyaZombie
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Great Hook, Great Characters, Great Story.

To keep it short. The series takes a new turn on the litrpg trope while also keeping good quality characters and dialogue. Furthermore, the story has set itself up for a good foundation going forward as well as having a great narrative hook. Well Done. I look forward to continue reading and seeing more great material. 

KoboldPatrol
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enjoyable story in a 'stats are everything' world

(as of chapter 19)

Suddenly having his (and probably every other human's) all-defining stat numbers reset to zero, the protagonist has to survive abandoned in the wilderness where now many dangers loom. His escape from death is helped by a change of how the stat system that governed all civilization works.

Style: The story is told in first-person internal style so the reader only knows what the protagonist knows about the world-changing events. Exposition to the Numbers system is done via quotes from in-universe books, making the lore dump the readers need to understand the system very smooth without interrupting the flow of the story.

Story: Even though this story like many many others on RRL has a LitRPG system, it's different from most in that these elements have been a part of the world forever but now have changed. The adaptation is quite refreshing.

Grammar: Some small spelling errors here or there, but so few that I couldn't be bothered to correct them while reading on my phone.

Characters: So far we have only seen the protagonist and then some survivors he finds later as he fights against and flees from the dangers the wilderness has to a very weak person. He's a bit of a loner but quite smart. His decisions are mostly sensible, bar some that are clearly driven by the traumatic events. So far his character makes sense.

Spoiler: Spoiler

In total, an enjoyable story so far.

Killer_Whale
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The presence of numbers on your arm, that society uses to measure your status? Very Black Mirror-esque. It also invokes themes from Gatica (1997) and In Time (2011). Lots of ways this story could go, but what is here so far is good.

pizzalad3
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Horror and suspense

A great read. Loveable characters, well built fictional world and lots lots suspense. 

TheGreatOne
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Gritty Apocalyptic Fantasy

Taking the usual LitRPG stats and making them an integral part of society was a really amazing premise that led to an even more amazing plot where nothing feels forced or rushed.

The pacing of the plot, character interactions in context, and blurbs are great as well.

Definitely read this story if you want to go on an epic adventure.