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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.
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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.
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.
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.
A hero, A villain, and A time traveler. Follow this crazy and lonely MC at his save scumming binge. It's interesting that since the story focus on an event that repeats itself it still keeps you entertain. Since the every character showed up again and again and again, I'd expect myself to became bored but it gives them more "color" knowing their background story makes them more alive. Boi you'd be surprise that when the MC do a Meta-gang run (best run so far) didn't expect some them are actually decent.
I'm expecting for more, and Expecting a Perfect Ending for the MC.
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.
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.
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 there are 72 chapters.
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 😉
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.
One of my favorites story in RR.
Superhero, Villain, Corporation and Time Traveler in post apocalypse world. Well written plot, great character, funny humor and lot of actions. But world barely fleshed out like typical time loop, few interlude in other place MC visiting in flashback but focus story only in one city. We only know most of Europe is destroyed in war against biggest villain.
Highly recommended this story.
This story reminds me of Reroll, as in it being basically the same premise. I wonder if it was inspired.
Anyways, this story did all the things almost perfectly, from beginning to end. The only thing that I could possibly complain about would be the quantity of characters, but even that that always boils down to opinion.
The beginning drew me in with a strange and eccentric main character, a personal preference of mine, and of many others. A man broken and reformed by reality, teetering on the edge of broken and whole. His whole style wouldn't make sense in the context of a normal life, and it shows that to its fullest.
The writing style hit my perfect balance of concise and descriptive, achieving that rare mix of well-known yet highly descriptive words, allowing for the author to express as much as possible while making sure the story never dragged on. I believe this shows experience in writing by the author; no regular amateur would be able to produce such a work.
The gags were funny but not overworked, and everything was spread out enough yo keep reusable jokes fresh but not so spread out that it would be relatively forgotten. I cannot really comment much further upon this subject due to my lack of experience and expertise.
The characters were done beautifully, and it made this story from a good one to a great one. So many times I have seen good stories and writing styles, and terrible characters, yet somehow so much more was achieved here. There are no crazy betrayals that are there to simply infuriate you. No weird meta-hidden-motives that everybody hates. All of the characters have a very well-defined boundary and role, and said boundaries were never overstepped. Everything served a purpose.
This brings me to my next point, the character development: Done with precision and reckless abandon, it pretty much abducted me and took away many hours of my life I'm never getting back. Because everything played a part in the story, the character development felt very natural. Everything affected the story, the main character, and more. You don't need some wild coming-of-age self realization arc to make good characters.
And even then, a new experience awoke to me that I never knew I needed in my time reading: The arcs! The arcs, looking at it in hindsight, are actually rather obvious. And yet, I never noticed it at all when the arcs shifted while reading. Everything just felt fluid.
And, to top it off, as in I'm contractually obligated as an unpaid reviewing intern, to state that I saw literally no grammar problems throughout the entire story. Flawless.
And so, I hereby award The Perfect Run the Andorran Medal of Honor for its valor in the war against the Monegasques.