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Ryan "Quicksave" Romano is an eccentric adventurer with a strange power: he can create a save-point in time and redo his life whenever he dies. Arriving in New Rome, the glitzy capital of sin of a rebuilding Europe, he finds the city torn between mega-corporations, sponsored heroes, superpowered criminals, and true monsters. It's a time of chaos, where potions can grant the power to rule the world and dangers lurk everywhere. 

Ryan only sees different routes; and from Hero to Villain, he has to try them all. Only then will he achieve his perfect ending... no matter how many loops it takes.

The Perfect Run updates on Tuesday and Saturday. Cover by Vitaly S. Alexius

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130 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
1: Quicksave ago
2: Story Branching ago
3: Men of Honor ago
4: Random Encounter ago
5: Mission Accomplished ago
6: Divergence Point ago
7: Rust Town ago
8: Past Fragment: Len ago
9: The Made Men ago
10: Heroes & Villains ago
11: Railroading ago
12: Corporate Heroes ago
13: Batman & Robin ago
14: Field Work ago
15: Good Karma ago
16: Secret Enemies ago
17: The Hidden Route ago
18: Acid Rain ago
19: The Right Road ago
20: Past Fragment: Under the Sea ago
21: The Rehearsals ago
22: Speech Checks ago
23: The Reunion ago
24: Transition ago
25: Never Enuff Dakka ago
26: FPS ago
27: Past Fragment: The Crimes of Augustus ago
28: Suicide Run ago
29: The Rampage ago
30: Bites the Dust ago
31: Knight of Faith ago
32: Change of Plans ago
33: Black Swan ago
34: Hit and Run ago
35: Pre-Party ago
36: Color Rave ago
37: The War of the Suit ago
38: The Olympians ago
39: Court of the Lightning King ago
40: Past Fragment: Mechron's Last Stand ago
41: Past Fragment: The Darkness Beyond ago
42: Progress Made ago
43: The Ghost of Drug Island ago
44: Return of the Corpo ago
45: Blood in the Water ago
46: Chekhov's Gun ago
47: While Rome Burns ago
48: Bad End ago
49: Time and Again ago
50: Past Fragment: How to Tame Your Plushie ago
51: Route Split ago
52: Chance Meetings ago
53: Fashion Disaster ago
54: A Gambling Man ago
55: The Future Past ago
56: Heartfelt Talk ago
57: The Island of Dr. Tyrano ago
58: Family Business ago
59: Corpoalition ago
60: Lucky Break ago
61: Death Warrant ago
62: Quest Complete ago
63: End of Disc One ago
64: Past Fragment: A Death in Monaco ago
65: In Mysterious Ways ago
66: The Hit ago
67: Murphy's Law ago
68: Death Stranding ago
69: Limited Time ago
70: Gotcha ago
71: A Friend in Need ago
72: Plushieland ago
73: Civil War ago
74: Running the Asylum ago
75: Foreign Policy ago
76: Brainy Work ago
77: Change ago
78: Happiness Overdose ago
79: Past Fragment: Goodbye, Monaco! ago
80: Lonely Together ago
81: Good Morning New Rome ago
82: Corporate Raid ago
83: R&D ago
84: Left Behind ago
85: The Light Beyond ago
86: The End Times ago
87: Medical Care ago
88: Atom Smasher ago
89: Past Fragment: Bloodstream's Last Stand ago
90: Past Fragment: The First Run ago
91: Bloodline Empire ago
92: Best Laid Plans ago
93: Defenders of the Realm ago
94: Cheat Code ago
95: Double Date ago
96: Beast of the East ago
97: A Breath of Fresh Air ago
98: White Night ago
99: How I Met Your Daughter ago
100: Past Fragment: No Planet for Old Men ago
101: Lover's Breath ago
102: Moving On ago
103: Drug Bust ago
104: Return of the Cashmere ago
105: Miracle Cure ago
106: Mice Trap ago
107: Black Dinner ago
108: Go Daddy Go ago
109: Carnival Town ago
110: The Truth Beneath the Ice ago
111: Past Fragment: Origins of the Species ago
112: The Thing ago
113: Final Contact ago
114: Chemical Reaction ago
115: The Clone War ago
116: Couple Therapy ago
117: Making Waves ago
118: The Last Quest ago
119: The Last Save ago
120: Speedrunners ago
121: Presidential Debate ago
122: Second Chances ago
123: The Last Break ago
124: Lab Closure ago
125: Fusion & Fission ago
126: The End is Nigh ago
127: Theomachia ago
128: Time & Thunder ago
129: The Gate & The Key ago
130: Farewell, New Rome (Ending) ago

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DoomAlsoDoom
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Reviewed at: 24: Transition

This has turned into one of, if not my favorite, story on RR.

My main interest in stories has always been big picture plot and character, and this story really delivers on both.

The characterization of both the MC and the side characters is probably the best on the site. Throughout the story so far, there has never been an instance where I thought character motivations, pov, or actions have been flat from a characterization perspective. That's not to say that I haven't disagreed with some stuff, but I'm happy to disagree with stuff if it's in character

The plot for 2/3 of the words written so far, is super tight and focused. The motivations of the MC are very clear, and that drives the story and the plot tightly for a good way, but then we hit the first "bump" in the road, and after that the MC's motivations and the direction of the story kind of fuzz out. We still know what his endgame is "The Perfect Run", but everything else goes out of focus. Who knows though, maybe this is part of the set up to deliver a plot punch coming up and it just seems that way right now.

For those who put a lot of stock in it, the grammar is basically flawless.

As far as style, this story is technically well written but really has an "it" factor that many others on this site lack. Even Vainqueur didn't really have it, although I enjoyed that one too. He has taken this story to a whole new level, and I'm glad he did.

flowerpower6286
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Flawlessly delivered, every loop.

Reviewed at: 76: Brainy Work

From the get go, the story dives right into an action-packed narrative with witty dialogue and first-class characters. 

The story's point of view is from Ryan Romano a.k.a. Quicksave, who, like the video game reference, is able to save and reset his life every time he dies. Part Ground Hog Day, part Deadpool, the Perfect Run explores a post-apocalyse superhero, supervillian Europe. 

I particularly enjoyed how to author peels away layers in each chapter, revealing the MC's world that is well thought out and consistent, ticking off all three ingredients of world building - imaginary, alternate realities, and actual locations. With each loop, we learn more about the characters around him, their unique powers and stories. 

A delightful read, satisfying at all angles.

Updated at Chapter 76 to complete an advanced review with no change in the overall rating.

Perfect Run keeps getting better and better with each chapter. The tension in the story is palpable and the pacing is relentless. The author keeps a good schedule of releases and has completed several novels which are also available on Royal Road, so you can expect a consistent reading pipeline. Sentences are well constructed and the writing is punchy and mostly error-free.

Mr Yar
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There are a lot of whirlpools, dangerous rapids and perilous icebergs that go along with a story like this. When your protagonist has inviolate time powers that all but ensure their eventual victory, how do you establish dramatic tension? Where's the risk, the fear of failure? Where are the ups and downs that turn a story from a bunch of words on a page to a compelling recollection of a fantastic adventure?

This story navigates those treacherous waters with a careful hand and a practiced eye.

As a superhero themed time-loop story the author wears their influences on their sleeve and it's great. Ryan Romano (alias Quicksave) enters the story as a very Deadpool-esque character: full of quips ducktaped together by a casual disregard for self-preservation, societal norms and common sense. He is immortal after all and even if he dies he just goes back to his save point. From those 'humble' beginnings he grows. Piece by piece, run after run until he achieves his definition of The Perfect Run. Through Romance, Horror, Dread, Joy, Bliss, Resignation, Acceptance. And finally: Victory. All that and more.

There's elements of Superman, X-men, Spider-Man, Justice League/Teen Titans, a little bit of Ben-10, a case of The Blob and even an honest to goodness Kung Fu Panda in here. All with a generous smattering of humor, at least half of it video game related true to the title of the book and alias of the protagonist. And that's just the sticky tar coating over the rock solid keel of the moral of the story: Life is beautiful and people working together to make a brighter future.

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Perfect. The author treats us to a blend of action, comedy and drama and maintains that throughout the entire tale. The blend varies a bit here and there to keep things interesting but no single element is entirely discarded. Every shade of comedy, every type of drama and a wide array of crazy powers (that all follow their rules!) to keep the action punchy is put on display here.
For the most part we stay locked in to Ryan's POV although there are switches in there that are executed masterfully and even then I was never bored reading Ryan's thoughts or experiencing the word through his time-loop honed perceptions.

Grammar
Perfect. Easy to read with only a few hiccups here and there. Word choice is varied and the Proper Nouns are handled expertly, introduced well and explained as much as necessary.

Story
Perfect. The author starts out strong with the surreal, the fantastic and the funny to introduce us to everything. From there we're charted a course that is entertaining in it's entirety, even if it does contain a bunch of loop-de-loops, a few 'unplanned' stops and one giant detour that is all but expected from the start of the story. Throughout it all we're given a wide and varied cast that accompany us on the journey and their reactions to the journey are really what make this story special. The highs are high and the lows are surprising low, but make perfect sense. When you can go back to a save point there's no reason you can't experience the End of the World (as we know it) first hand.
Also shout out here for the introducion of rules to the weird super-powers that includes, showcases and all but acts upon a Worst Case Scenario for the protagonist. Really good to spike the tension without breaking immersion.

Character
Perfect. This story as a whole is very character driven and Ryan is an interesting character to hitch a ride with for most of the story. It helps that despite being a time-jaded immortal his overal goals (and his criteria for what make a 'Perfect Run') are pure and he sticks to them. Especially as he meets new people, interacts with them and factors them into his goals. Not just as pieces on a board but as part of his overall goal as well. His development is a joy to behold. And he's not the only one.
Every named character gets their time in the spotlight or limelight of the story. Every character has their arc. Some are brief and don't go very far. Some are gone over again and again, like an artist trying to draw a perfect curve. There's even a particularly hilarious underdog sub-story that I'll probably still giggle about long after I've written this. Overall the characters are all great.

Vitaly S Alexius
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Hearty and wholesome superhero tale

Reviewed at: 11: Railroading

Ryan is a quirky, whimsical protagonist with the power of resetting and freezing time. Ryan lives in a parallel reality where the world has been ravaged by nuclear war and rebuilt into a dark, dystopian version of itself, the city of New Rome ruled by corporations and gangs of superheroes. Super powers are bought and sold and supers are hired help for basic jobs like delivery [what Ryan does for fun] to pushing pollution out of richer areas to anything imaginable really.

The world of The Perfect Run is dangerous, deep and replete with excellent, tasty detail, experienced by the readers as Ryan goes through restarts, dying often.

The book is particularly brilliant due to its dark comedy value imbued into it by writing talents of Voidherald, which I personally greatly appreciate as quality comedy is hard to find. Books that make readers laugh at every page aren't an easy task, but Void manages it with every novel.

Ryan's super power forms/creates his core character flaws - the inability to die makes Ryan treat the world like a videogame and makes him an adrenaline junkie and the fact that time constantly resets makes him unable to truly connect with other people.

Readers can relate to Ryan because he is a bit out of this world - his power lets him experience a lot of life and thus he's a nerd with an appreciation for the lost art of video games and movies, while the antagonists in this book are busy struggling for power/wealth.

Stylistically, like the rest of Void's work this book is superbly written and without any grammatical errors. It's easy and fun to read as the narrative flows incredibly smoothly from one event to the other. Void is a writing wizard and I say, write more damn it! Void is one of the pillars which holds up Royal Road with work of consistent quality.

It's not often that I get to illustrate a book that I really love. Making a cover for The Perfect run was an easy task and a delight because I was already immersed in this universe.

Bigrand
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Good book. There is dark humor, crazy and relatable main character, good character development, dystopian world with godlike superpowers, and not cringe romance.

Ryan feels real, and it's understandable how his power affects his personality, feelings and experiences, how the lack of consequences made him who he is and how he copes to the underlying meanings of having the power to destroy everybody or save everybody if he wants, because of all of this he needs to experience new experiences, or he will feel alone, isolated and broken. He avoids getting emotionally invested with a relationship because each relationship, each consequence, each feeling, each memory can be erased from history.

The time loop is really well done, and it makes sense, each action Ryan makes creates other possibilities which are different from previous ones, so it's not boring, and each loop feels really different. I also like how Ryan finds amusing seeing others persons' reactions and actions to certain situations or meetings, which is something I totally agree, and it's fascinating.

Obviously the book it's not perfect, but there isn't a remarkable issue with the book, sometimes it goes a little too fast for my liking and some references are underwhelming to the point it feels like it's just there to be like "oh look there is a reference" which isn't really a problem because most are kinda funny. Romance is well done, and I like it, but it sometimes feels it's not given enough time to see how it affects Ryan entirely, which is kinda a shame because each loop isn't longer a few weeks.

 

Sadly, chapters aren't that long, and it takes 3-4 days for each chapter release.

msng
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Eccentric MC & interesting story

Reviewed at: 130: Farewell, New Rome (Ending)

TL:DR version:- There are many emotional highs, lows, surprises and funny moments. I am thoroughly hooked. I read many stories on RR and other sites, but this one of the few where I read each chapter as soon as they come out.

Longer version:- The Perfect Run covers a Genome called Ryan "Quicksave" Romano who can temporarily stop time and go back to a ‘save point’ every time he dies. Like any good game with multiple story routes, there are several different ways things can play out depending on what action Ryan takes. However, he is not the only Genome and several of these beings have their own superpowers. A number of whom are at the command of a few different organisations with their own agendas. Using his Genome powers, other capabilities, and his gradually increasing knowledge of what is going on in New Rome and its surrounding area; Ryan undergoes an uphill struggle to strive to achieve his growing list of objectives to achieve in his ‘perfect run’.

The story is interesting and is able to provide enough information to understand the plot, while still providing a sense of intriguing mystery about the story and the larger-than-life characters that seem to populate it. The worldbuilding is similarly revealed in a more natural manner, without feeling like a boring infodump. 

The MC has a personality that may take some getting used to in the first few chapters, but is quite entertaining if you just roll with it. It also makes more sense when you learn more about his powers, its implications and his backstory. The other characters are not common stereotypes and the author is able to make them seem like real people, rather than puppets that revolve around the MC and drive the plot forward. They do help drive the plot forward, but they do so for believable in-character reasons, not because the plot forces them to. I especially like how the author is able to provide snippets of information about certain characters in an organic way that gives me enough information to be intrigued about them, without having to read an essay on them (e.g. Augustus and the Living Sun).

The style and grammar are decent. There are some spelling errors, but most of them seem to have been found and mentioned in the comments and corrected by the author. Being willing to read and act on these comments meant I gave the book an extra star on the style score. 

Last, but not least, updates are regular and the author has finished multiple stories, rather than left them hanging. The story has now been completed and the ending is satisfying and ties up all the loose ends that I recall. Even if it took a few twists and turns to get there.

As I am actively following this story, and it has regular and frequent uploads of new chapters, I will update this review as more chapters come in. This is a great story for anyone wanting to read something interesting by an author who has a track record of completing books that he writes.

Review Initially Created when there were only 18 chapters. Updated now that it has been completed.

Identity
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Considering it is from Void Herald, it would be strange, if this one didn't become a mastepiece as well.

In the first chapter, we already have got a slight sense of what kind of world were in. A world of crazy superpeople with crazy superpowers, it also seems to be on earth, though not on our earth, obviously. Whether this is a Litrpg remains to be seen. And while I would greatly appreciate it, if it were, there is nothing wrong with 'normal' superhero stories.

The MC seems to have some overpowered superpowers which reminded me of a certain manhua: Checkpoint. The MC of this story though certainly will be much stronger.

LegacyBot
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Voidey is getting better and better at this thing called writing. Characters feel so real and the power system/world building are a breath of fresh air. This is peak content on RR. Looking forward to the day this story completed but also sad as well. High IQ people will check out his patreon 😉

AlejandroKing
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Rip-roaring, jaw-dropping & awe-inspiring

Reviewed at: 108: Go Daddy Go

TL; DR: You should definitely read this. This is the truest spiritual successor to Worm but with an upbeat tone and awesome characters.

Without hyperbole, this one of the best stories on this site. Our hero is a swashbuckling time traveller oozing charisma, trying to overcome the pathos of his existence in this cross-genre story set in post-apocalypse Europe. Void Herald has really surpassed himself with this story and these characters.

The highlight of the series, for me, is the characters and relationships. Ryan is a brilliantly written character and the author manages to keep his unique voice and mannerisms intact even through a hundred chapters. Ryan is funny, flawed, contradictory, bored, lonely, has great quips and is so damn real; top notch character work. Ryan relationships are a defining characteristic of the story and the author manages to avoid many pitfalls in writing these relationships.

The story starts off deceptively simple; Ryan wants to meet an old friend who's gone to ground in the city of New Rome and there are 2 factions (or gangs) who may know where. As the story progresses, Ryan discovers hidden players who may have a vested interest in New Rome and Ryan himself. The story grows organically from the stakes initially being personal for Ryan to encompassing the fate of the city and eventually the world itself.

It never feels rushed, characters don't act like idiots for no good reason and each stage (or run) is explored in depth. If you've read Worm, you'll find this escalation similar and yet different. It's a great time travel story showcasing Ryan's tenacity and his loneliness due to his immortality. The stakes remain both personal and world changing.

oli0202
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I expected to dislkke it but ended up loving it

Reviewed at: 94: Cheat Code

Was  not expecting to like a time loop story but goddamn is it fun to read, author has outdone him/herself. I was dcared that the time loop part would be overpowered but there are complications and danger with it.  Characters are fairly fun and there are a lot of strong powers, one thing this story doesnt have is weak powers used cleverly so they become strong, i oove seeing that and i feel it when it's missing from a "superhero" novel