The Oscillation

by Scott Edwards

Original ONGOING Action Drama Psychological Dungeon Female Lead GameLit Low Fantasy Magic Martial Arts Multiple Lead Characters Mythos Non-Human lead Portal Fantasy / Isekai Slice of Life Super Heroes Supernatural Urban Fantasy
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It was an average day in Miami—then fractures in the sky appeared.  A pulse from those cracks altered the population; some people's biology changed while others received magical and supernatural powers.  After the chaos, the political drama ensued, followed by the discovery of portals that brought deadly creatures.  They called this event "The Oscillation" and it changed Rachel's life forever.

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RedThunder
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Scott Edward has done it once again

I am a fan Scott's two previous novels ,and it seems I will be enjoying this novel too. I have only read 4 chapter so far ,and will update this review later, but the character development and story has been very well done and a very interesting read so far. I look forward to seeing where this novel's story will go.

OrionXV
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Fresh, Creative and Intriguing

I have to say, Scott is a professional - I really find it difficult to criticise his fictions. This book is no exception to that: the setting is well built and logical.

The story has no plotholes or such and I find it intriguing. Contrary to that, at times I lose the motivation to read further, but it is just me; I am sure most people would be hooked to the story. The characters are complex and seem very much real, not like nonsensical and simple characters from most fantasy books. The tone and grammar are amazing even though I find our characters switching to Spanish/Korean annoying at times.

I conclude that this book is another reminder of the amazing writing skills that Scott wields.

Alexandre Lallemant
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A very promising story, well thought and the author is constantly adding background by writing side-story chapters on the other main characters. The LitRPG system isn't overwhelming at all and is included in the discussions, progressing smoothly. So far the main plot is the only one but with multiple main characters it's very possible and likely that the author will introduce sub plots to further develop the story. I recommend you to at least give it a try, the chapters are pleasant to read I think it's worth giving time.

hawlol
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Good premise with some problems.

TLDR: A few chapters in the story suffers from slow pacing and filler content. I was really excited at first and then got bored after they got to the hospital.

Review up to chap. B1S2 after chap. 13;

From 1-6 the pacing is good enough, a little fast but still good. A lot happened in these 6 chaps, I got interested in the story, wanting to know what happens next. The author didn't delved too deep in exposition and the flow was smooth.

Then again after chap 7 nothing much happens. There are a lot of info dump disguised as dialogue, and a lot of dialogue that only serves to create some rapport between the 3 mythickin, the doctors and military on the facility. But until chap 12 that's all there is. There is an action scene at the beginning of chap 7 but it ends very quickly while the other parts are much too slow.

I facepalmed really hard when a few hours after the event that changed the world, some random guy was at the CDC center offering model contracts to the MC in exchange for clothes. And not only do they take the deal but in 12 hours, after TWO photoshoots, their photos are a national success... There was a lot of talk about cute clothes and photo shoots... too many, especially if you remember that a family member of one of them had just been kidnapped and they should be planning the rescue and discovering their new abilities.

It kind felt like the 5 mins of freeza's battle in dragonballz. These 12 hours felt like weeks.

If that was not enough the author still chops the story with side-stories. It kills the pacing even further. He even did it after a major cliffhanger on chap 13. This side story is also not embedded in the main one. It should be released after the first book is done and not mid story.

The whole hospital part could be resumed in 2-3 chapters at max without losing proper content. By chap 11 I was honestly skipping some parts because I couldn't care anymore about the story, since all I was reading were about the girls feelings, how they should do the next photoshoot, what cute clothes were they wearing, meaningless conversations with the doctors or between themselves, etc.

Anyways, the Author is really talented like othere reviewers said, yet this story is far from being perfect as they claim. There is a big problem with pacing, and he stubles onto the 'tell, don't show' mistake while taking the MC on a long 'powers' discussion with the doctors and adding some content that just don't blend with the mood of the story he had set so far.

You should try it for yourself, though. Maybe you won't see these pacing problems after chap 7 as I did. Nevertheless, chaps 7-12 were such a buzzkill that I'm not inclined to keep following.

RD04
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This is now one of my favorite novel :3 Keep up the great work!

FlavorTown
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short but so far amazingly laidout, things are well descibed and events (mostly) happen understandably. absolutly cannot wait for more!

Stephen Lewis
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I'm personally not a big fan of female leads(because I am the worst) but it's worth seeing if you'll like it

TlDR:concepts good and he writes well

StenDuring
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You know the drill. Japanese anime style; cute girls with funny hair colour, fluffy ears, tails and strange eyes. It's all here.

 

This review is valid a of chapter fourteen.

 

Now when you're familiar with the setting it's time to mention some minor deviations from the script. Like how this isn't an isekai at all. The game enveloped Earth, literally. Add that the story is set in the US, which in most anime involving military power is the big enemy.

 

There are similarities as well. The US military is depicted in just as positive a light as the JSDF in most anime. The characters really do have access to something akin to a gaming interface to see their abilities.

 

With this mixup of different genres you have a very subdued litRPG going in the superhero direction rather than the isekai Japanese counterpart. There's something distinctly different when it comes to atmosphere. These girls aren't cute, their surroundings aren't cute, and even the supporting cast explicitly inserted by the author to be Japanese style airheaded cute fail at truly being so.

 

The closest I can think of, given how this story tries to cater to a number of anime tropes, is Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, which most definitely isn't cute at all, even though there's no litRPG in it.

 

The entire story as far as it's published now has barely left the beginning. It starts with a global event turning a small minority of the population into humanoids with magical powers and an interface to access said powers. While that interface definitely is there it's toned down to the level where I'm wary of calling this a litRPG at all. It's a little like calling a story military fantasy because the main characters ride with a column of troops a few times in the story.

 

Only a couple of days pass during the first fourteen chapters, which means the main cast has barely begun to know each other. It's bound to create problems in the departement of suspension of disbelief since I suspect the story has reached the point where it's time to have peple who really don't know each other start taking really huge personal risks to protect strangers.

 

I can't see any reason why the buildup couldn't stretch over a couple of weeks, something that would have explained the characters bonding with each other.

 

The story is written in third person limited point of view and in the past tense. With the exception of a couple of backstory flashbacks we only follow one character. Those flashbacks, however, follow another. I'm a little unclear as to what they add to the story more than making the reader feel sorry for one character.

 

Now for the stars.

 

Style: Four and a half stars. Solid, but the two flashbacks should have gone.

 

Story: Four and a half stars. Superb taletelling handy craft, but it's too crammed in time to make believe. Hence I won't hand out a perfect score.

 

Grammar: Five stars. And it's five stars disregarding my usual adding half a star for poor standards on this site.

 

Character: Five stars. The event where I would yank half a star has yet to occur. As of now they're superbly depicted. Another two or three chapers down the line and I suspect they'll be acting way out of character in order to follow the plot.

 

All in all we have a five star story that I'm a little afraid is soon going south in the believability departement.

Wayne
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Interesting idea, juvenile presentation

I gave up after chapter 8, somehow all the characters act like teenagers, complete with superheroes & villains after like 7 hours. Then there are fangirling doctors who have to be prompted into actual scientific experiments by a college student. 

Well written prose but it suffers from this vague sense it's building a harem collection, with a vampire, unicorn & bunny girl. It's hard to take seriously, there doesn't feel like there are any real stakes.