The Perfect Run
by Void Herald
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.
Cover by Vitaly S. Alexius.
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The Perfect Run, featuring Quicksave, takes a simple premise and removes the litrpg aspect present in the author's other fictions to focus on a much tighter story. The comedy is often very on point, the main character's irreverance comes off as fun or drives the plot forward instead of being annoying, it's just plain enjoyable to read. I love me some blue boxes, but the choice to not have that aspect in this story was absolutely the right one. It would've added nothing to the story and bogged it way down.
Quicksave's OP ability should make things boring and tension free. But I don't think there was a single action scene I didn't enjoy. Which is pretty telling when I find action scenes in books to often be boring even when written by accomplished authors. And the comedy actually managed to make me laugh out loud more than once.
You'll know pretty quickly if the style of humor and narration is for you only a chapter or two in. The author writes well, but some people hate an irreverent protagonist. Personally? I'm all for it.
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.
I am only two chapters in so far, but it has already caught my eye. Stories with a quicksave mechanic are difficult to do correctly. Oftentimes they just devolve into nonsensical adventures with no actual plot, but so far this one has checked all the boxes.
-The main character recognizes the absurdity of his life and is as carefree as you would expect, pretty much treating everything like a videogame (referring to smaller tasks as "side quests" and such, although so far there are no actual game mechanics which I'm fine with). However, there are already the beginnings of a larger plot brewing, so my hope is that he does not get too caught up in his side adventures.
-The world seems to be kind of cyberpunk but with superpowers, which is pretty cool as far as I'm concerned. Cyberpunk isn't exactly original, but there can be some pretty great stories set in it. Also, the author doesn't seem like he's going to take a completely traditional approach in regards to the genre.
-And of course, the MC's style is just impeccable. Just look at the cover.
We'll see how it goes, but I'm optimisic. Void Herald has proven he can write stories with a good balance of humor and seriousness before. Those skills will definitely come in handy for a concept like this. If this story is anything like his others them it will be an enjoyable time.
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.
It's weird how I didn't think this type of character is possibile, characters acting deranged to cope with loss or depression but truly are sane at heart. Quicksave at least based on the limited amount of info provided on him showing him obsessed with pre genome era Earth and it's quirks, powers and fun seeking personality that should be generic crazy chaotic character that does everything for his selfish desires alone but secretly has some convoluted reasoning behind the madness that the readers can empathize a little bit with until he kills kids or something.
But here, especially in chapter 9 he clearly knows his problems, he just straight out puts it out there that he can't seem to form connections with people knowing they will forget about him the very next reset and his fun seeking persona of deranged generic protag is a very clearly a mask meant to separate his emotions and pass these people he meets on his journey as NPCs until he finds Len. This. This is further improved upon by how he cares if innocent people die around him while he fights to an extend that far exceeds the amount of thought a jaded crazy psycho maniac shit will give for some fodder. Also why would he bother getting this perfect run at all if he doesn't have a heart, like think about it, ever seen those barely sane psychos that cares only for one girl and kills everyone else kind of absolute shits. Instead he's an actual human being with a kind heart that watched way too much 21st century action movies and thinks he's joker or something when he is not but can't stop acting like it cause then he will have to feel more pain of loss everytime someone close to him dies!
It's just that he's still a normal human boy (Actually he's probably mentally in his 70s or something still) even after all this time and yeah yeah he still cares somehow for others even when he doesn't show it, so wow, like wow, what the fuck, an actual misunderstood Hero that can make Batman go fuck himself.
Or maybe I am overanalyzing it and voidy boi will show him destroy the planet for shits and giggles or is only doing this perfect run to impress Len and doesn't care about anything and only acts like he cares for making us readers think he cares in a 4th wallbreak kind of BS or- you get the point. Still I am keeping my hopes for the character at a 70% good guy and hope for the best. And hey it's Voidy boi's story and he's pretty great at it- I SWEAR TO GOD VOID HERALD I WILL DESTROY FRANCE IF YOU DASH MY HOPEFU-
I can finally say that I get why this author is rated so highly - absolutely fantastic first few chapters! I honestly didn't expect the writing to be this funny, but I'm 100% glad for it. Of course, now I'm obligated to check out his other works and potentially lose the next few days to them.
Phenomenal early chapters. Different tones of comedy from Vainqueur but it hits the spot. My brain needs nutrients of healthy stories and they're in short supply lately. And this? Is nothing else but entertainment. A top-class entertainment!
So there, I just shove a 5 star on you and you can't take it back!! And there's no return-to-sender allowed.
Good day, keep writing.
I've read all 5 of the chapters available at the time of this review and im loving it. Havent noticed any spelling/grammar errors (always a good start) and the concept of the story is a heap of fun. The MC is also a blast so far and combined with some nice action scene writing each chapters been awesome
I find the MC personality to be original and entertaining with cleaver remarks and highly cultured reference and highly intelligent.
The only problem I have is I find the side character lose their value or impact as they aren't really don't hot development but that the frustrating uniqueness I like oddly.
All in all this story is incredibly deep and very fast paced and slow ASF as well giving it the most weirdest vibes ever.
The grammer and world building is pure genius to a point of idolization as a struggling author myself I somewhat envy his mechanics building and such.
The characters personality is eccentric and egotistical narcissistical nihilistic to a point where I'm like give a brother a break author 🤣
Anyways I love your work void I love you as a fan I find some of your saying offensive but I know your heart in the right place and keep up the beautiful story and love this hero vs villian genre
the MC is powerful, but still have weakness..and there is a lot of interesting characters introduced as the story progress..until now he still did not save a checkpoint yet in his Perfect Run but i am curios in what situation he decide it is time..and knowing the author, he always deliver the story and making the end very interesting..