The Perfect Run
by Void Herald
The Perfect Run is now available on Amazon Kindle.
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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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-
Its a good read by a solid author a weird mix of comedy, whimsy and post apocaliptic nightmare fuel with the main character both eternally hopeful yet incredibly jaded and bored. So far I enjoy it as much as Vainqueur I just hope it ends better than Never Die Twice did.
Just worth the read honestly, blew through this story fairly fast, and loved about everything of it, it is just so entertaining, the unusual premise helped a lot also, not often that you see a superhero ‘timeloop’ story, let alone this well written, by an already established author to boot! And then there is the MC, what an amazingly well written character he is!
I just love the MC Ryan and how he is written, he has just a such carefree attitude developed from his many reloads. He just fully embraced the absurdity and yet remains sane, even if it does not seem like it at first sight. He just keeps advertising what he can do, that killing him is futile, and keeps making those jokes and references, all just part of the greater personalia the MC has built.
The MC’s power is just insanely strong, as one would expect from a power that allows you to set a save point AND also use time stop, though with clear limits, and he uses it to maximum efficiency to achieve the best possible result for him and those he cares about. But even with such a power, he still has to be careful because he is not truly invincible, he may be able to ‘reload’ his way out of any bodily harm, but cannot do the same for his mental wellbeing.
In my opinion, Void Herald has done a good job with the setting this story takes place in, even more so since its rather wildly different from his other stories, which were all LitRPG’s. While this does take place in a dystopian Italy where you can get superpowers from using one of the rare Elixir’s or their more common knock-offs which grant lesser powers.
Grammar is great in my opinion, some typos and inconsistencies do pop up, but not frequent enough to be of any hindrance to the reading experience.
This story reads amazingly well and is paced without even letting up, it just keeps going without slowing down and drags the reader just in the story from the very start. I really like the way information is delivered in this story, more than enough information to let readers become familiar with the characters and the setting, while at the same time also keeping up a sense of mystery, without even infodumping anything! There’s also just the right kind of humour and comedy as one would expect from Void Herald.
Looking forward to what this story will become, I personally have high expectations due to the author's previous works, and the rather phenomal start this story has so far. The author is also very capable of writing quite different types stories and succeeded at it all, like demonstrated with this story.
Anyone interested in reading a good story with an interesting premise executed very well and fun MC, I recommend you this one. Oh also the author is one of the most reliable on this site, having completed multiple books already and in my opinion, this one is shaping up to be his best work so far. And if you loved his other stories, then of course you should start reading this one right now.
It's a Fun, Good Story. The MC is Fun and sometimes Hilarious to watch. Some Moments had me genuinely Crack Up because they were so funny , , , , , , , , , , , ,, , , , , , , ,, , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Void Herald has always been my favorite author on this site, so i am giving this review to hopefully boost this fiction so more people can find him like i did.
I have like most people found his fictions through vainqueer the dragon and after tha got hooked on never die twice, so now hopefully we will have a third masterpiece coming. it is alredy looking promising for me after just a single chapter though i have always had a soft spot for time stop powers in fiction.
I am giving this story a full score for now as i doubt his story wll under perform considering his previous works on this site, but since this story only has one chapter as i am writing this review might change this score at a later date but for now i will just sit back and relax while watching this story unfold.
Ps please excuse any typos or grammatical mistakes i have made as english is not my first language and i dont have grammarly or any other spellcheck websites to see if i have made any mistake son my phone. hopefully i will not have to change my score.
bye for now
Fun MC, good writing, great dialogue, I'm reading everything from this author and it just keeps getting better. A good example of how a time-loop hero would cope, how they wouldn't, and what they would do for fun. Excellent show don't tell, good use of flashbacks, teasing the world building without showing everything at once, but also not keeping everything confusing. A nice departure from the usual fantasy setting too, classic comic-book sci-fi.
keep up the good work!
This fiction gives me Worm vipes in a lot of ways, but it's an interesting take on the conflict of power and consequences. In Perfect run the truth, copywright and sanity is all subjective with the right powers and it's a pleasure to read. There's a lot of familial conflict and conflict of interests as you go through.
There isn't much to say about this novel except that it is almost perfect.
Some kind of mad scientist decided to randomly distribute around the world elixirs that could grant superpowers and, as expected, the world went crazy. We follow the story of Ryan, a sup that can manipulate time and possess a cheat skill to create checkpoints: if he dies the world goes automatically back to the last one. This skill makes him a de facto immortal being and allows him to rewind the time until he is able to achieve the "perfect run" for the current "mission". This seems like a perfect life but the reality is different, even if Ryan is able to reacquire material things lost during the previous resets, he learned this doesn't work the same way for human relationships and, after years with his powers, he reached the conclusion that is better to avoid making friends than to constantly witness them not even recognizing who he is.
Ryan's only hope in this life of loneliness is to find the only friend he had before acquiring his powers, the only one that no matter what will always remember who he is and what they mean to eachother.
Not only the plot is very interesting but what I like the most about this novel is actually the protagonist. He isn't a bad person but, at this point, he considers very few things as taboo, like messing with children, and during his "runs" he tries to do things in the most entertaining way he can think of. For some, he could result therefore in a not so likable character but, for me, it is actually the opposite
It's a Void Herald story. Everything they touch turns to gold, so read this one. You won't regret it. He proves once again that you don't need levels or blue boxes to make it big on RoyalRoad now.
Forgive me for gushing, but this story is amazing. It follows Ryan on his trip through a destroyed world as he tries to fix as much of it as he possibly can with the power of time travel. Being several hundred years old by this point in the story due to constantly going back in time, Ryan has enough skills to make Liam Neeson jealous. He is going to need every advantage he can get, however, as every other powerful person in this world can shoot fire from their eyes or build something to do the equivalent.
The character building is dynamic and fantastic. This is shown in none more so than Ryan himself. Here's a fun thought experiment- if you could go back and fix every one of your mistakes, how many times would you try to do so? One time? Two? Fifty? Ryan has an intense sense of duty disguised as insanity which keeps him going on a mission to make the world better, because he believes that only he can do it. Despite being almost 60 chapters in, and still in the first arc, the story isn't getting stale anytime soon. Despite seeing every side character multiple times over across timelines, there is always progress and a new side of the characters to see, which says something about the quality of the writing.
It's still the first arc in the story, and just now getting a glimpse into the grand scheme where the major players who brought the world to this point are being revealed. Every player, both minor and major, has a part to play in the story and the fact that the author manages to show how every single event is affecting these players so fluidly without major exposition is incredible.
Oh, and the grammer is perfect. Please stop reading this and just read the story already.
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.