Stray Cat Strut

Stray Cat Strut

by RavensDagger

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In the year 2057, the world has become a corporate-run utopia for the super-rich, and a hellhole for all the rest. 

Catherine 'Cat' Leblanc is an orphan that is about as far from super-rich as one can be. When the Incursion alarms start blaring and the sky starts raining hungry xenos, it's just another blemish on an already piss-poor afternoon. 

A cyberpunk magical-girl alien-invasion LitRPG.

It’s exactly as wild as it sounds.

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A bird that likes comfy and happy things, and also knives. Once ate a god’s eye and awakened the ability to see all that is good in the world. Known to steal shiny ideas and baubles. Currently forbidden from writing his own bios.

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Table of Contents
308 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Stray Cat Strut - Official Art and Fanart! ago
Chapter One - Pop-Up ago
Chapter Two - Walkabout Punks ago
Chapter Three - Incursion Detected ago
Chapter Four - Pole Dancing ago
Chapter Five - Dying is For Other People ago
Chapter Six - Pill Pusher ago
Chapter Seven - Hummingbird ago
Chapter Eight - Piss Poor Disguise ago
Chapter Nine - Saint ago
Chapter Ten - Done Dirt Cheap ago
Chapter Eleven - Like Santa, but With Guns ago
Chapter Twelve - Vending Machines ago
Chapter Thirteen - Talking To Yourself ago
Chapter Fourteen - Curiosity ago
Chapter Fifteen - Worm ago
Chapter Sixteen - Life Finds a Way ago
Chapter Seventeen - Mall Cops ago
Chapter Eighteen - Going Back Up ago
Chapter Nineteen - Future ago
Chapter Twenty - Rescue Quest ago
Chapter Twenty-One - Descent ago
Chapter Twenty-Two - Cheesing it ago
Chapter Twenty-Three - Sludge ago
Chapter Twenty-Four - Dumb and Dumber ago
Chapter Twenty-Five - A Pad on the Wound ago
Chapter Twenty-Six - Masks On ago
Chapter Twenty-Seven - Stairs ago
Chapter Twenty-Eight - Speared ago
Chapter Twenty-Nine - A Crying Shame ago
Chapter Thirty - Model Six ago
Chapter Thirty-One - The Bigger They Are ago
Chapter Thirty-Two - Fried ago
Chapter Thirty-Three - The Perfect Fit ago
Chapter Thirty-Four - Rule ago
Chapter Thirty-Five - Death Flags ago
Chapter Thirty-Six - A Matter of Trust ago
Chapter Thirty-Seven - Armed and ready ago
Chapter Thirty-Eight - Flesh Melter ago
Chapter Thirty-Nine - Long Odds ago
Chapter Forty - Rooftop ago
Chapter Forty-One - Anti-Air ago
Chapter Forty-Two - Back Against the Wall ago
Chapter Forty-Three - Armed ago
Chapter Forty-Four - Machina ago
Chapter Forty-Five - Air Superiority ago
Chapter Forty-Six - A Call ago
Chapter Forty-Seven - Shopping Spree ago
Chapter Forty-Eight - Rail Shooter ago
Chapter Forty-Nine - Hunters ago
Chapter Fifty - Milk Run ago
Chapter Fifty-One - Along for the Fun ago
Chapter Fifty-Two - Down Down Down ago
Chapter Fifty-Three - Z-Word ago
Chapter Fifty-Four - Setting to Boil ago
Chapter Fifty-Five - Low Expectations ago
Chapter Fifty-Six - Leaving a Gift Behind ago
Chapter Fifty-Seven - Collateral Damage ago
Chapter Fifty-Eight - Hot Stuff ago
Chapter Fifty-Nine - Looking Like a Big Damn Hero ago
Chapter Sixty - A Unique Combat Doctrine ago
Chapter Sixty-One - Trapsetter ago
Chapter Sixty-Two - Honour and Flames ago
Chapter Sixty-Three - People are Stupid ago
Chapter Sixty-Four - Tougher Means More Boom ago
Chapter Sixty-Five - A Change in Tactics ago
Chapter Sixty-Six - Impaled... Again ago
Chapter Sixty-Seven - Life Story ago
Chapter Sixty-Eight - Hitting the Fan ago
Chapter Sixty-Nine - Nice ago
Chapter Seventy - A Respite ago
Chapter Seventy-One - Tail ago
Chapter Seventy-Two - In Service to the Prevention of Stupidity ago
Chapter Seventy-Three - Forms ago
Chapter Seventy-Four - Thoughts and Prayers ago
Chapter Seventy-Five - A Flock of Trouble ago
Chapter Seventy-Six - The Big Players ago
Chapter Seventy-Seven - Anticlimax ago
Stray Cat Strut - Volume Two - A Young Lady's Guide to Exploding the Corporate Ladder ago
Chapter One - Heart-Warming ago
Chapter Two - A Slice of Happiness ago
Interlewd One ago
Chapter Three - Post Coital Interruptions ago
Chapter Four - Mean Minion Mode ago
Chapter Five - Professionalism ago
Chapter Six - Armour Up ago
Chapter Seven - Lending an Ear ago
Chapter Eight - Hover ago
Chapter Nine - Twitchy ago
Chapter Ten - More Questions than Answers ago
Chapter Eleven - Nobodies ago
Chapter Twelve - Doorframe ago
Chapter Thirteen - I Have Paws ago
Stray Cat Sidestory: Canta Clause ago
Chapter Fourteen - Mesh ago
Chapter Fifteen - Surfing ago
Chapter Sixteen - It ago
Chapter Seventeen - Dial-Up and Lag ago
Chapter Eighteen - Gotcha ago
Chapter Nineteen - Log Off ago
Chapter Twenty - Warpath ago
Chapter Twenty-One - God’s Righteous Fury ago
Chapter Twenty-Two - Reaction Time ago
Chapter Twenty-Three - Phones ago
Chapter Twenty-Four - Choosing to Die ago
Chapter Twenty-Five - Ramen Break ago
Chapter Twenty-Six - Red Carpet Treatment ago
Chapter Twenty-Seven - Sometimes a Girl Just Wants to Blow Shit Up ago
Chapter Twenty-Eight - The Opposite of Reassuring ago
Chapter Twenty-Nine - Spider Cat ~ Spider Cat ago
Chapter Thirty - Blueprint for Success ago
Chapter Thirty-One - Obsolete Worries ago
Chapter Thirty-Two - Basse Couture ago
Chapter Thirty-Three - Stealth, But For Real This Time ago
Chapter Thirty-Four - Thump ago
Chapter Thirty-Five - Dog Gone Wrong ago
Chapter Thirty-Six - Catkiller ago
Chapter Thirty-Seven - Cash Money ago
Chapter Thirty-Eight - Kittens! ago
Chapter Thirty-Nine - Where Things Go ago
Chapter Forty - Bicker Bicker ago
Chapter Forty-One - Big ol’ Mecha Cats ago
Chapter Forty-Two - Invasive ago
Chapter Forty-Three - Comfy Morning Rituals ago
Chapter Forty-Four - Kinda Cute ago
Chapter Forty-Five - Realtoring ago
Chapter Forty-Six - Impeccable Mathematics ago
Chapter Forty-Seven - Closing a Deal ago
Chapter Forty-Eight - A Date ago
Chapter Forty-Nine - Being Hella Fancy ago
Chapter Fifty - Salad ago
Interlewd Two ago
Chapter Fifty-One - Fashioning a Home ago
Chapter Fifty-Two - Fab ago
Chapter Fifty-Three - Palace ago
Chapter Fifty-Four - Phoenix ago
Chapter Fifty-Five - Making an Entrance ago
Chapter Fifty-Six - Small and in Charge ago
Chapter Fifty-Seven - Greedy Bits ago
Chapter Fifty-Eight - Gimmick ago
Chapter Fifty-Nine - Cause Player ago
Chapter Sixty - M9 ago
Chapter Sixty-One - Mimics ago
Chapter Sixty-Two - Arena ago
Chapter Sixty-Three - Rod of God ago
Chapter Sixty-Four - Aftermath, but we’re Really Bad at Math ago
Chapter Sixty-Five - Politics According to Cat ago
Chapter Sixty-Six - Tanks and Soldiers and Guns, Oh My! ago
Chapter Sixty-Seven - Exploring New Holes with Your Favorite Nun ago
Chapter Sixty-Eight - Darkness ago
Chapter Sixty-Nine - Nice ago
Chapter Seventy - A Perfect Time for a Picnic ago
Stray Bun Art Contest! ago
Chapter Seventy-One - Chlorine Trifluoride ago
Chapter Seventy-Two - Model Thirteen ago
Chapter Seventy-Three - A Walkabout ago
Chapter Seventy-Four - Sprint ago
Chapter Seventy-Five - Triggering, But the Fun Sort Where Things Explode ago
Chapter Seventy-Six - Fight Fire with Fire ago
Chapter Seventy-Seven - Deeper ago
Chapter Seventy-Eight - M21 ago
Chapter Seventy-Nine - Boss Fight ago
Chapter Eighty - Burning Away ago
Epilogue ago
Stray Cat Strut ⁠- Volume Three - A Young Lady's Hopepunk Safari ago
Prologue ago
Chapter One - Bliss ago
Chapter Two - Because being a BAMF is Easier in Power Armour ago
Chapter Three - Taxi ago
Chapter Four - Below the City ago
Chapter Five - Rac ago
Chapter Six - Queen Takes Pawn ago
Chapter Seven - Knocking Over the Board ago
Chapter Eight - The Bar At The Bottom of The City ago
Chapter Nine - Halfstar ago
Chapter Ten - Tensions ago
Chapter Eleven - Playing with Gomorrah’s Franny ago
Chapter Twelve - STP-44 The Oasis ago
Chapter Thirteen - What Old People Say ago
Chapter Fourteen - Mally​ ago
Chapter Fifteen - The Cultures Beneath ago
Chapter Sixteen - Fun in the Washroom ago
Chapter Seventeen - Shit Bureaucracy  ago
Chapter Eighteen - Flush Prime ago
Chapter Nineteen - Humanity Degraded ago
Chapter Twenty - Up Shit’s Creek ago
Chapter Twenty-One - Disposal ago
Chapter Twenty-Two - Piracy Across the Shitty Seas ago
Chapter Twenty-Three - Surprise! ago
Chapter Twenty-Four - Ingenious ago
Chapter Twenty-Five - Sneaky Ghillie Lemon Squeezy ago
Chapter Twenty-Six - Bip Bap Bam ago
Chapter Twenty-Seven - A Good Job ago
Chapter Twenty-Eight - Stepping Up and Out ago
Chapter Twenty-Nine - The Popo ago
Chapter Thirty - Bypass ago
Chapter Thirty-One - Saying Hello to the Good Doctor ago
Chapter Thirty-Two - The Doctor’s In the House ago
Chapter Thirty-Three - No Surrender ago
Chapter Thirty-Four - The Edge of the Sword ago
Chapter Thirty-Five - Void Terminus ago
Chapter Thirty-Six - Wrapping Shit Up ago
Chapter Thirty-Seven - Heading For Greener Pastures ago
Chapter Thirty-Eight - The Rat and the Hungry Tiger ago
Chapter Thirty-Nine - Meetingus Interuptus ago
Chapter Forty - Real Politics ago
Chapter Forty-One - Physical Comfort in the Presence of Another ago
Chapter Forty-Two - R&R ago
Chapter Forty-Three - Nothing But Cuddles ago
Chapter Forty-Four - Sword Talk ago
Interlewd Three ago
Chapter Forty-Five - Mall Day ago
Chapter Forty-Six - A Bit Fancy ago
Chapter Forty-Seven - In Which Lucy Does Politics ago
Chapter Forty-Eight - Family Matters ago
Chapter Forty-Nine - Peter ago
Chapter Fifty - Sans But Lucratif ago
Chapter Fifty-One - Community Feelings ago
Chapter Fifty-Two - Collar and Leash ago
Chapter Fifty-Three - The Gem ago
Chapter Fifty-Four - Moments ago
Chapter Fifty-Five - Dancing to the Music ago
Chapter Fifty-Six - Speaking Up ago
Chapter Fifty-Seven - Assassination ago
Chapter Fifty-Eight - Interrogation ago
Chapter Fifty-Nine - Popularity ago
Chapter Sixty - Emoting ago
Chapter Sixty-One - Introspection ago
Chapter Sixty-Two - Attempting Common Sense ago
Chapter Sixty-Three - A Very Nice and Civil Discussion ago
Chapter Sixty-Four - Trying out that Stealth Stuff ago
Chapter Sixty-Five - Reckless ago
Chapter Sixty-Six - Return to Form ago
Chapter Sixty-Seven - Things get Better ago
Chapter Sixty-Eight - Things Get Worse ago
Chapter Sixty-Nine - Nice ago
Epilogue ago
Stray Cat Strut ⁠— Volume Four — A Young Ladies Guide to Aggravated Civil Service ago
Prologue ago
Chapter One - Feed the Machine ago
Chapter Two - The Scrounger ago
Chapter Three - The Little Meet ago
Chapter Four - How to Stall the End of the World ago
Chapter Five - Logistics ago
Chapter Six - Kitty Cat Palace ago
Chapter Seven - Home Sweet Fortress ago
Chapter Eight - The Cats Who Were Herded ago
Chapter Nine - Round Table ago
Chapter Ten - Marketing Your Way Home ago
Chapter Eleven - Getting Ready to Get Hot ago
Chapter Twelve - Thousand Gardens ago
Chapter Thirteen - On the Up and Up ago
Chapter Fourteen - Resonating ago
Chapter Fifteen - Passionate ago
Chapter Sixteen - It’s Technically Not a Nuke ago
Chapter Seventeen - Kaboom ago
Chapter Eighteen - The Low Down ago
Chapter Nineteen - Where the Heart Might Be ago
Chapter Twenty - Pitbulls and Tacos ago
Chapter Twenty-One - The Calm ago
Chapter Twenty-Two - Jolly Old Day Job ago
Chapter Twenty-Three - Gonna Be ago
Chapter Twenty-Four - Setting the Table ago
Chapter Twenty-Five - Dinner is Served, and it’s You ago
Chapter ??? - The Wish 2 ago
Chapter Twenty-Six - Breach, Load, Charge ago
Chapter Twenty-Seven - Onwards ago
Chapter Twenty-Eight - What Newton’s Good For ago
Chapter Twenty-Nine - Trench Run ago
Chapter Thirty - When the Trees Start Speaking Plant ago
Chapter Thirty-One - Gold Star ago
Chapter Thirty-Two - Meat Thinking ago
Chapter Thirty-Three - Long Road Ahead ago
Chapter Thirty-Four - The Next Move ago
Chapter Thirty-Five - A Terrible Mistake ago
Chapter Thirty-Six - The Survivalists Who Probably Won't ago
Chapter Thirty-Seven - Trigger Happy ago
Chapter Thirty-Eight - Basement ago
Chapter Thirty-Nine - Interrupt ago
Chapter Forty - Oncoming ago
Chapter Forty-One - Rapid Return ago
Chapter Forty-Two - Earning the Tier ago
Chapter Forty-Three - Danger Close ago
Chapter Forty-Four - Dirty Break ago
Chapter Forty-Five - Gear On ago
Chapter Forty-Six - New Plan: Kill Everything ago
Chapter Forty-Seven - Safe, Not Sound ago
Chapter Forty-Eight - It's Never Easy ago
AI-pocrypha - GPT-3 Written Epigraphs ago
Chapter Forty-Nine - Those Who Love Cannons ago
Chapter Fifty - Emoscythe ago
Ai-pocrypha Two - AI Written Chapter Segments ago
Chapter Fifty-One - Gothic Public Relations ago
Chapter Fifty-Two - Contact ago
Chapter Fifty-Three - Mop Up ago
Chapter Fifty-Four - Essentially Doomed ago
Chapter Fifty-Five - The Calm Before ago
Chapter Fifty-Six - Wait for it ago
Chapter Fifty-Seven - Before the Storm ago
Chapter Fifty-Eight - Crackshot Cowboy ago
Chapter Fifty-Nine - Nyanpalm ago
Chapter Sixty - The Enemy Won't Do As You Wish ago
Chapter Sixty-One - Go Kill the Thing ago
Chapter Sixty-Two - Getting Out of Hand ago
Chapter Sixty-Three - Burning ago
Chapter Sixty-Four - Climate Change Via Mass Destruction ago
Chapter Sixty-Five - Raining Fried Chicken ago
Chapter Sixty-Six - Move Faster ago

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and the author knows it understood, strutter.  Sung to the tune of Strutter, by Kiss.

Really can't emphasize enough how much I enjoyed the premise itself.  Shades of the Scourged Earth, but unique enough to still stand out as fairly original.  It's the kind of stuff I wish that I could come up with.

Grammar was good enough I ddn't notice any errors.

As of chapter 27 you've got maybe 2 and half characters with depth, and several cardboard characters to bounce them off of.  Still hands down better than most genre fiction, paid or not.

My biggest complaint is pacing.  Without spoilering, by analogy, in most stories going to the grocery store to get stuff to make tacos would be a chapter.  Here  I have a super short chapter about deciding I want tacos. A chaptlet about travel to the store.  A chaptlet about picking the stuff from the shelves, a chaptlet about buyng the stuff.  IF you wait till the author drops 4 or 5 chapters and read them together as 1 chunk it's not bad, but if you take the chapters one at a time there is a lack of flow and context to the story that really breaks immersion.


Technically speaking, this story is pretty solid; good grammar, comprehensible action, non-wooden dialog, the rpg elements aren't obtrusive. Beyond that, it's shallow.

The characters lack more than basic characterization, and the cyberpunk setting is utterly superficial, only existing as passive scenery against which fights happen. Injustices, political forces, subcultures, communities and more are regularly pointed out, and then nothing further is said about them or done with them, they're just set-dressing.

Tl;dr this is a perfectly readable litrpg, but an abject failure of a cyberpunk story that aggressively says nothing about anything


Aw shit, here we go again

Reviewed at: Chapter Seven - Hummingbird

Well, this isn't what I expected to stumble over, but I have to admit I'm more than a little enthused about it. The setting is a distinctly cyberpunk future, with malware packed into even official programs and large corporations slapping their name on anything and everything for advertisements. Seven chapters in, and it's already a pretty significant departure from stories like Cinnamon Bun or Love Crafted, but it hits the ground running. The protagonist being a crippled orphan who picked up responsibility for the rest of the poor forgotten kids at the orphanage, and who's best friend cheerfully navigates around on crutches, builds an instant sense of misfit status and a (true to authorial form) oddly endearing little community. There's also a very immediate sense that even in a world with incredibly advanced technology, they've been swept under the rug and forgotten. Oh, and terrifying aliens are regularly falling out of the sky. That's an important factor too.

Honestly, there isn't too much material to directly review at this point, but if you take the time to read the first few chapters I doubt that you'll be disappointed. The protagonist falls right into the 'Jaded but good-hearted' box, without the slightest bit of manufactured tone, and it meshes with the cyberpunk setting perfectly. Not to mention, there's a single chapter with action, and it charges headfirst into desperate brutality. It's a bit of a leap from the innocent monstrosity of Love Crafted, or earnest effort of Cinnamon Bun, but like I've already said, perfect for the current setting.

So, this may rather early in the story's life cycle to write much of a review, but considering the quality of writing that RavensDagger has already put up on this website, I feel pretty confident in recommending the story off of nothing more than the currently posted chapters.


Cool story but chapters are way to short, by the time you start getting used to it the chapter ends. The frequency helps mitigate that a bit but it's still stops you from immersing yourself. Highly recommend if you're going to read this to Wait till multiple chapters are out before reading. Not good for chapter to chapter reading


Pretty good twist on the normal System plot, both in the setting of a futuristic distopia and in the main character by an author whose already proven he has great writing skills. The dialogue is believeable, the fights thrilling, the cliffhangers wrenching, and the characters sympathetic. Can't recommend more, and I promise that you'll be entertained if you give this story a try.


Entirely too much action, not enough anything-else

Reviewed at: Chapter Sixty-Two - Honour and Flames

As pure action gun-porn, this story isn't bad, but it falls flat when it comes to anything other than "Cat finds alien(s), cat blows up alien(s), repeat".

At the start of the story, Cat is introduced with a whole cast of other characters -- her family and friends. Since getting her powers and going off to fight aliens, there have been zero interactions with any of them. It's been ~50 chapters. She also has had pretty much zero angst about ditching her friends and family to go blow up aliens so she can get stronger. Zero lasting angst (or celebration) about getting a super-prosthetic for her missing arm. Character-wise, Cat is basically a sentient gun turret. 

This is particularly bad for a story that bills itself as a magical girl story. A magical girl story needs action, sure. But that should be interspersed with slice of life. The point of magical girl stories is the contrast between mundane life and fighting the forces of evil. Without the mundane life sections, this is just a litrpg action romp with a female MC. 

Which is fine, I guess. The litrpg system is extremely loose, and is almost entirely used as an excuse for Cat to have infinite guns. Which is fine, I guess. But 'Just shoot things until they die and sometimes use bombs instead' isn't a very interesting litrpg progression. 

And as far as the action goes. It's perfectly well-written. However, Cat has maaaybe once been in any actual danger. People who aren't Cat have been in danger, but as Cat is the only character who has any real screen time or characterization (as anemic as it might be), the peril of random side characters doesn't really register as important.

It's not that Cat is overpowered, even. Rather, the enemies she's been fighting are pathetic. The aliens we've seen so far seem to exist almost entirely to be mowed down by Samurai. There are hints that there will be nastier aliens later, but we're 62 chapters in, and we've seen nothing of them. 

So the action isn't even "OP protagonist mows down somewhat less OP enemies". It's "Medium-weak protagonist (by the standards of the world) mows down even weaker enemies". Which simply isn't interesting, regardless of how well-written it is.

As far as the actual writing, I have no complaints. Grammar and style are good. 

But grammar and style can't carry a story. And given that neither the magical girl aspects, nor the litrpg aspects nor the action aspects do either, Stray Cat Strut falls flat with nothing to carry it. 


First volume is a fun time. Second is horny time.

Reviewed at: Chapter Thirty-Nine - Where Things Go

So the first volume is a fun, engaging, interesting read. I enjoyed reading it and the world building is well done. The AI is fun and you can see it adjusting to the personality of the main character. The grammer and spelling is good with no issues that caused me to have to reread anything to understand. I enjoyed the tech and tech trees that came up along with how crap the world is with corps running everything. Good cyberpunk all around.

Now the reason I dropped the series. The MC is horny 100% of the time. This was acceptable in the first volume since I took it as a defense mechanism for the MCs crappy life and crappy situation. It was there, but wasn't the plot. The plot was survival and then adjusting to her new Samurai responsibilities. This was fun. Now in volume 2, it seems like the plot became the MC just trying to get in certain people's pants, but events keep getting in the way. There was a whole chapter of just her and her girlfriend going at it. I was hoping this would get her to tone it down a bit since she is now safe, with her lover and loved ones, and she is rich now. I was wrong. Instead it made her more annoying and more horny.

That is her character now. A horny girl that an AI keeps dressing up with cat related stuff any chance it gets. Turns out the MC is a flat character that has conflicting characteristics. She is both thrifty and loose with points. She will horde points in one chapter then take the whole next chapter spending those points on stuff that is wasteful. She is a lesbian, but not tolerant of straights(ex. she teases any new female character about doing them or them wanting to do her, then seems offended when some look at her wierd. If a straight guy did this to every female character, it's just as annoying.). Wants to be sneaky, but not really. Very frustrating that she wastes points on sneaky equipment and seems to want to corner that niche in the Samurai market, but a chapter later decides nah its boom boom time. She is suppose to be caring because orphans, but she never seems happy when near the orphans. She acts more like an estranged dad who only comes around for the mother with money for the kids to keep the family happy. This wouldn't be so bad if it was actually on purpose and meant to be her character, but there are paragraphs saying otherwise.

In conclusion, I hate the MC.


Repeats a bit.

You'll go through chapter after chapter reading the same kind of snarky dialogue. You open up a chapter and it's just buying a pistol and snarky dialogue. The snark is not witty, loveable, or even fun, it's just a bore.

First book was good, when it was just action. But then for some bizzare reason the action stopped so we were left with only dialogue. Mehhhhh

Also, sex jokes. Which are all the same. There may exists sex jokes different than 'tease, disgusting comment, affront', but I haven't found any, not here.

Sam Tolan

I admit that I am not necessarily a fan of these tags but I had heard many good things of the author and their works, and had been recommended this story before so I had to try it. I will also have to be honest and say that I do not understand the hype for it. However, their feelings for the story are clearly from seeing something they enjoyed from the story.

While many on Royal Road would see a 2-3 star as a death flag, I tend to see them as perfectly average or goo with moderate(or more) issues. If the problems were cleared up it would be rated higher but as is it can be enjoyed.

The story is overall easy to read, and the world does have parts of it I found interesting. However, the one-dimensional characters bothered me immensely.

The MC is so overpowered for this story to the point there is never tensions since she is never really in danger. She doesn't have much of a goal or a personality and doesn';t seem to have anything deeper than the surface. What you see is what you get and she is just along for the ride to get her next shot of adrenaline. 

I really hoped it would get better, that the MC and others would develop and grow and have actual character arcs. Unfortunately, the MC is more a side character to the buddy AI that might as well be the true protagonist for all it does to carry the team and story.

Everyone, but especially the adversaries, tend to fondle and toss around the Idiot Ball. Things happen because it seemed cool other than balance or making sure things would be fine in the long run.

In short, I can see why some people would enjoy this power fantasy story and I wish them the best. Unfortunately, I would have to put this to average for me.


Good, but no one seems to notice she's missing an arm and an eye.

Reviewed at: Chapter Twenty-Six - Masks On

Ok, I'm loving the story thus far, but I have one issue.  Cat is an orphan missing an arm and an eye, yet thus far no stranger she has encountered (other than a bot) has reacted at all to her disability.  Disabilities tend to draw some sort of reactions from strangers, and it often makes others uncomfortable or draws their attention.  Yet thus far entire story has had every other human encountered treating her like any other child.  It would likely be something she was self conscious about, or sensitive to the stares of others.  Also, things like opening doors with a pistol in hand would be very awkard, and having to put the pistol away every time she does so would make her much more susceptible to an ambush.

 Please go back and tweak at least a few of the encounters with strangers.  It's not very realistic to have everyone sanguine in the face of a disability.  Either strangers will think she's less capable and question her ability to handle the weapon she has, or they will be prone to sympathizing and try to coddle her.  Writing a few encounters in like that will give Cat's character more of a justification for the wariness she shows.  As it is, nobody has batted an eye that she is a young girl carrying a pistol and missing an arm and an eye.  It's like the missing arm and eye are a vanity set applied to a video game character that has zero impact on actual gameplay.

Heck, maybe this is a sixth sense type twist and we discover later that the missing arm and missing eye are just in her head, not actually real.  That would actually make more sense than not a single human (other than friends) reacting in any way shape or form to her disability as of chapter 18.


Edit: Someone acknowledged her lack of arm/eye on chapter 25.