Reboot Reality

by carebear90

Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

Good old Reality… A Game of Life, Death and Evolution. The oldest pastime in Existence, it entertained its audience for aeons. But what should the Creators do, now that the majority of Players got bored and wandered off to try out more recent games with more features and fewer restrictions?

Time for a reset, to start anew, and regain its old popularity. 

What to do with all those mortal NPCs though? It would be quite a shame to just delete every single one of them, would it not?

This is the story of a stray mortal soul that got neither deleted nor recycled...
... but adopted?




I will add additional tags once they become relevant in later chapters.


- 'Reincarnation': this is a 'Continuous Reincarnation' story

- 'GameLit': light litRPG elements; no numbers, levels or experience points, though

- 'Genetically Engineered': in the sense of 'Guided Evolution'

- 'Gender Bender': Life#0 - undisclosed, human | Life#1 - female, non-human | Life#2 male, non-human


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Exploring the Reincarnation Genre More

Reviewed at: 1.12 - Trouble

This story differentiates itself from all other reincarnation stories by focusing on survival and gradual evolution even more so than others. As I understood it, there will be many lifetimes spanning different creatures (human and not). Currently, we are in the first cycle, but the author already showed he can handle even non-human forms. This actually made me feel like reading from the perspective of a creature evolving in Spore (yeah, I'm old for knowing that game.)

The story is not heavy on the LitRpg side. It's more on survival and evolution actually and weirdly very relaxing even if the main character goes through life and death situations. Makes you really feel like watching National Geographic show of a fantasy creature but the creature is talking to you.

The main character is engaging and likeable, and she should because there are many chapters or large parts of chapters where she's alone given that this is more of a survival story (at least this life cycle). You'll end up rooting for her and cheering her on in her goals. Her interactions with other characters are also engaging although it cannot be denied that given the nature of her current form there will be periods of time she will be alone. Which she carries well on her own story-wise. That said, I do hope the author weaves in more of her previous life (she was a human) into this one. And then the past two lives into a future one, and so on. Currently, I don't feel that much of an impact of her past life.

Grammar is above average for this site. While there are a few errors here and there, the author strives to clean them up. Nothing that took me out of the story.

If you're a fan of reincarnation into different creatures that have more focus on the difference of each creature and how they survive and develop, do give this a try.

That-Which-Shall-Hug-You
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A fantasy book that hits all the right buttons. I'm a bit lazy, so this reviews gonna be short. But so far this novel has been wonderful, exciting character s and an interesting setting. Heaps upon heaps of potential, and a system that isn't to intrusive. This is my kind of fantasy novel, and I'll be reading for as long as your posting.

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This novel went better than expected, especially after the not-that-exciting start.

The grammar is fine.

The style is very descriptive regarding the environment and food, but where the author really shines are the characters and their interactions. Though I was a bit bothered by the lack of stats, that changed when magic became more of a thing.

The characters became the gem of this story. The reason why the beginning was that average, was because there was only the MC. The story only really became good in the chapter where the MC met her first companion. The later interactions also were promising.

The story is heading into a good direction, we got goals, an overview of where the story will go and the first life is looking awesome. While it should take a while until humanoids or demi-humans will be introduced. I will happily look forward to it.

All in all, this was a more exciting story than I anticipated. It is underrated, and while I understand, that the beginning is a bit slow, it all but balances out with the later parts. I would recommend reading this if you are looking for a survival/character-focused story. Can't wait for more.

hoduka dakokty
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This is a fun reincarnated in a monster body mixed with consistent reincarnation story. All the characters feel very engaging. This is definitely a story for fans of chrysalis or the many lives of Candice lee. It is worth sticking through the first chapter or two before the story becomes fully engaging.

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Anthropomorphic Memories

Reviewed at: 1.12 - Trouble

Reboot Reality is a tale of struggle, heartbreak, and occasional triumph told in the first person. The main character is a human survivor of the end of the game we call reality, who is "awarded" the ability to reincarnate into a new world with memories (mostly) intact.

The writing style is very immediate and intimate, as you would expect from a well written first person. I saw a few minor grammatical errors and typos here and there, but not so many that it takes away from the story.

Once you get past the intro chapter, the story itself is quite fun but does have moments of tragedy interspersed. However, the writing really shines when it comes to the characters. The fact that so few characters can speak well (or at all) does not hurt this story at all. This story gives it's characters a real human heart, which considering none of them are human (or even humanoid) is some skillfull anthropomorphization.

I have no idea what the next reincarnation will look like for the MC. However, due to the skill shown thus far, I can only expect this story to shine no matter the species or the gender of the next time around. 

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Reboots dark fantasy, science fiction!

Reviewed at: 1.12 - Trouble

"Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis."

                   -- Martha N. Beck

THE GENERAL WAY in which a novel is written or composed should signify a concept or moral that bears significance to the reader or the modern world. Reboot Reality, although complex and derived of mostly spiritual and dark-fantasy elements, emphasises the trials and tribulations we -- as visceral creatures -- endure. The lesson I derive from this story is that the dichotomy between humans and animals is not as large as one might believe, so far as I've read and understood, with a quirky main character undergoing severe heartbreak, and a godlike being that represents, in essence, 'hope' itself. 

 

STYLE -- 4.5/5

While the style seemed rather facile in terms of delivery and effortless in terms of structure, I eventually came to believe that it made for a somewhat smooth experience; that is, however, when it sticks to what is true to the main character's perspective. From the very start, it seems to be a documentation of the character's experience with distress, a nightmarish undergoing, and an out-of-this-world journey. In spite of this -- or, rather, with that in mind -- I feel the dialogue of the main character is out of tone with the prose, which is a first-person experience. The hellish opening certainly engenders sympathy from me, but I believe it dies out as the story continues. A part of me wanted to see the character at least recall her former life: the tragedies. But she seems to completely forget. And if that's an important detail -- I hope it is! -- I expect it to tie into the ending and/or a vital part of the story. I know the character probably forgot a great deal of their beforelife, but since 'memory' is a huge theme to this story (at least, I think so) I'd expect her to look back and reflect more often because that would call forth a sense of humanity in a being that appears to be no more than an insect. How the author conveys emotion in the prose, I think, could be restructured to show humanity and thoughtfulness, instead of telling us that she likes to think. I enjoyed the humour at times, showcasing that there is some essence left in the creature. Another point to bring up is the overuse of the "Show, don't tell" rule. It is evident that the author is aware of this "rule", but it is taken far too seriously at times, to the point where it slows down the pace. This could be because I'm a fan of fast-paced thrillers, but the fact that no detail is overlooked is somewhat challenging. I don't mind skipping beats; it shortens chapters, makes things easier to understand and follow, and makes more sense. The character would want to tell a lot of what happened, especially if it's not significant. We do it all the time in real life. We don't pay attention to how we climbed the hill or how we walked to the store; we pay attention to the monster we saw when we got there. 

 

STORY -- 5/5

 

The story, in my opinion, is distinctive; the only similarities I can draw are that of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. The progression of the plot is slow (chapters are very long!) and the focus is primarily on the animal nature of the character. For a while, this is fine: it invites the reader to see everything from multiple viewpoints and to step into the shoes of another being entirely, whilst still pertaining to that of which cannot be mirrored in reality: the ability to transform or metamorphosise. I feel the study of human reaction to such an event is interesting because it's not something you'd see in the like modern-day novels or short stories. It does have that dark-fantasy element, which I love; the shift between depression and survival instinct is a good way to start a story. Despite this, I think the scene with Memory was very exaggerated, but it in no way took away from the experience. At times it was difficult to imagine. For example, when the author describes the scenery of some places, I wonder what exactly I'm imagining, where what is and how it looks. And even though it is mostly beige, I'd still like to know how important the details are to the story, like how the bugs and lifeforms are described before the main character devours them, or how the rainwater is described before we learn that is a weakness of theirs. How it ties into the story can make the difference between a good read and an amazing read. There was a nice twist at the start of the story, and that hooked me immediately. It would be nice to see those permeate the prose, though, not too much, of course. It's a great way to keep track of events! The only plot-holes I could find were subjective ones that I already mentioned: the character being completely unaffected by the deaths of her loved ones, the forgetfulness. These struck me as odd, but they didn't make me turn away from the story. After all, I did see a lot of potential!

 

To add to this, I was wondering if the post-apocalyptic world signified at the beginning would be significant to the plot. I'm not sure if that's the case. The main character's stay in a country house may just be back-info. It would be nice to see that element come up again!

 

GRAMMAR -- 3.5/5

 

This is likely my most harsh score because it was difficult for me to ignore the typos and grammatical errors throughout the story. There were a lot of areas where the author switches tense inconsistently. Now, switching tense in a first-person documentation is okay, as long as it allows the reader to gain an insight into how the speaker feels in the moment. But there are times where the prose switches from past to present in an untimely fashion, and it is jarring. I have pointed these moments out to the author; I'm sure they fixed them. Another issue is the placement of adverbs: the author tends to place adverbs after the verb. Example, though not from the book: "I found finally the ring at school." This is just slightly annoying! It's a simple fix, so I just hope the author pays closer attention to things like this in the future! There were also some spelling errors, which I've already pointed out. There's an inconsistency between American and British spelling as well: at times, the author uses the American variation of words, and at others, uses the British variations, sometimes with the same word! It is jarring to someone like me, who pays a lot of attention to small details. Grammarly tends to make incorrect spelling suggestions, and I did see some errors that Grammarly would make, such as "closeup" instead of "close up" or "underwater" instead of "under water". This is because Grammarly's default is set to recognise compound nouns as adverbs!

 

CHARACTERS -- 4.5/5

 

The characters were very well-written, although I still don't know the name of the main character. She is expressive and adventurous as the narrative unfolds, which is the complete antithesis of her former self. This is okay, but I'd at least like to see some semblance to the chapter-one main character. Memory is amazing! -- she acts how I expect a god to act: lively, humorous, somewhat human. It's nice to see a sense of humanity in a supposed omnipotent being. After all, it would be boring to have all that power and not use it, right? There's nothing else I can really say here that hasn't been said already. I'd just like more connection to the beginning; that is all. 

 

OVERALL -- 5/5

 

To wrap everything up in a suit and bow-tie, Reboot Reality is a virtuous, perhaps debut novel that pieces together the fractured portrait of someone's unreality. The way the character(s) interact with the world rings out to the human psyche through somewhat musical language, and I can't help but listen. It is how the MC emphasises the dichotomy between humans and insects, creatures of lesser descent, that fascinates me most. Perhaps because I like to see abstract, political messages in stories that are otherwise to-the-bone, or because I have a tendency to dive too deep into the 'how' and 'why' of stories. Nevertheless, there is a message I think that this story drives home: no matter how difficult the challenges of life may be, there is always a way around them; no matter how tall the mountain, there is a way to climb it; and no matter how depressed or down on yourself you might be, the sun always rises, even if it requires a complete reboot in reality!

 

“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

― Stephen King

 

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Looking reincarnation in different light

Reviewed at: 1.13 - Waves

If your just looking for good story with fantasy and magic that starts at the very beginning of the world. This is the story for you.

No obvious grammar errors that ruin the story.

Story takes being recarnated in different world different angle that makes pretty cool. MC finds out that  his or her world is just game to gods and the world needs wiped to restart it. MC is one of the few people to be choose in by god and allowed to live. Now earth restarts all the way back to the dinosaur era with magic and factasy. MC must complete quest that his or her patreon god wants done to have better lives in the future. MC has to live in this era and eras that come after death.

Character are quite interesting. MC feels like real person that has live throughout all this and has true emotions. 

Style has some similarities to other works but feels original. The system in this story is pretty bare bones, so if you like numbers and stats, it's not here. Magic very interesting feels part of the world actively early on. 

Love the story and highly recommended it.

Storys like this (The Many Lives of Cadence Lee)

alphaReviews
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So if life is just a video game with infinite lives and shitty admins, who cares about the next round of a lame distraction-game (out of INFINITY rounds)?

Especially when the protagonists are all boring and/or dysfunctional?  So someone gets to play at being a lizard matriarch, then play at something else.  None of the in-game relationships matter since no one can return and remember, other than the MC, who soon will be living his next life simulation anyway.  More fundamentally, I just don't see any stakes that matter, nor what the MC can do about it: his infinite existence seems like it will inevitably get hella boring, I'm concerned he's going to turn out just like the gods in time. :P

Where it got annoying for me was watching the MC get semi-victimized by his control-freak god, because it just did not feel like the MC was doing a good job of defending himself against his (frankly lame) abuser.  (Or maybe I am sensitive about manipulation and how to defend oneself against it.)

That being said, there were a lot of positive aspects to the story.  I enjoyed the starting premise of having the MC keep his moral compass and resist the orders of his summoning god, and enjoyed the first life portrayal in a number of ways.

My original review was a lot harsher and I was frankly impressed when the author reached out to me by PM to get more details and try to improve.  I look forward to his next adventure :)