Everyone's Lv Zero (Reload)
In a world where monsters are dead, Everyone's lv zero.
The world is at peace -- but for how long.
Everyone's either a blacksmith, a tailor, a butcher, or a soldier, but their level's zero.
Anyone who's none of the above, mainly jobless, is either a slave or a laborer, but their level is zero.
Mannat, born to a blacksmith wants to follow in his father's footsteps. He's determined. He's focused. He's stubborn.
There's just one problem.
He was born with 'Focus' and 'Analyze', both skills favor his mental attributes.
He found living in the village a tough task. Boys his age called him a freak, while the adults whispered behind his back. His parents loved him unconditionally, but he knew they feared for his wellbeing.
He was like a diamond in the rough. It takes a certain eye to find a diamond. Especially, in the dark. Fortunately, a Witch lived on the outskirts of his village.
However, why would an eccentric, diabolical, old hag, help him shine?
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This is a very slow, glacially slow, steady sort of read. Blue boxes are at a minimum, and beyond some drama, there doesn't seem to be much action.
I would say that the setting feels rather sparse. We know that people have stats, the stats can go up, but this doesn't seem to be all that important to the plot, nor does there realy seem to be a need for the litrpg tag. The same plot could be told without adding game stuff to it, and it honestly feels like it heavily distracts from the story and implies something very different from what you actually read.
Let me preface this review by saying I've read a lot of Litrpg and similar genres. I often enjoy the early parts of books, but lose interest as things go on. In the beginning, details matter. Every skill is used, and the numbers matter a bit. The characters struggle to get better. Then at some point they just zoom forward and that magical time is over. Hell, some stories have the the MC overpowered at the end of the first chapter, gaining levels by doing anything at all.
This is not a fast story. In fact it's very slow to develop. Much more enjoyable in my opinion. We Mannat and his parents. Learn about what he wants to do in life. We see how the world works, what level the technology is at. There is no magic, no heroes, nor rampaging monsters. It's in the title: "Everyone is Level 0". We get to see what that really means.
And then things start to slowly change. The boy starts growing up. We see how determined he is to follow in his father's footsteps. We get to meet a lot of the people in the village. The characters are a lot less one dimensional because of this. They aren't just a name.
There's a lot going on here, and it's in the small details. The witch is annoying and speaks in rambling riddles. But both the reader and the MC are slowly figuring out what she means. She's teaching the boy by making him figure things out, not by telling him.
Overall it's a good read. Grammar has a few problems here and there, but I've found that in any book. To really appreciate the story you need to read a good amount of chapters. You can't really judge it by a couple. I'm liking it more and more as I progress.
“Everyone’s Lv Zero” is a litRPG story about an unusually intelligent boy named Mannat who is born into a backwater village. He is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps in order to become a blacksmith despite his stats leaning far away from that being a viable option. However, fate seems to have its own plans for the boy, as the witch who lives in the nearby forest takes an uncanny interest in him and his future from a very young age. As he grows older, pressure mounts and the boy is forced to make a heavy choice.
The story itself is interesting once you get into the flow of it. It goes a bit left and right and there are a few time-skips in the early chapters as we watch Mannat grow up, but it catches itself pretty quickly. The characters are well written. The story mostly focuses on Mannat, but we see a lot of his father and his best friend who are both likable enough to not be annoyed at seeing. LitRPG wise, there aren’t a lot of tables, but there are enough to keep you going if that’s what gives you your kicks and the ones that are there are well detailed. Mannat himself is a good kid and I find him very sympathetic.
The writing itself is decently strong. There is sometimes a sort of stiffness to the prose depending on what novels you are used to reading, but at the same time the author finds very powerful words to make a few killer sentences. I was really impressed by a few of the descriptions of places/feelings/etc in particular. Mostly near the ends of the chapters and stuff.
Apparently the story has been rewritten as of this review if I saw correctly. I’m not sure what was going on before, but I am pretty happy with what I read. All in all, I think this is a fun story but not for the typical reasons. If you’re looking for something new to try out, then give this one a fair shot! =)
Really enjoying the story so far and look forward to much more to come:
Style: The writing really puts me in the world. The descriptions are on point and I feel the ominous vibes of the situation. The forest feels dark and dangerous and a little eerie when the group is debating to enter. The pull that our MC feels is tangible and real. You can feel the peril in your mind.
Story: Just starting to get into the story so not much to say here but it is an intriguing premise.
Grammar: It is clear the author had put a lot of effort into making sure the grammar and writing are correct, a few typos and errors sparsely apparent does not detract from the story in any way and I still found myself enjoying it immensely.
Character: The characters are clear and well defined, I found them separate and individual. I am sure and excited to see what more will be revealed in the reading.
Overall I am excited to have found another stellar piece of writing. Certainly eager to read more of the fantastic descriptive language in this story and certainly something to experience and learn, as someone with a very vivid imagination this is a story that really allowed me to exercise that.
For a story that's over 400 pages long and has been uploaded under 30 days, I'm surprised by how well it spans out.
Grammer and Style
Being what is the finalised version of an original work, the Grammer is near-perfect. Some of the mistakes cause a disruption in the flow, as it's usually missing words or strange punctuation, but this doesn't drag the story down at all and they are rare to come across. The style is, at this moment, good. The dialogues are often used in different formalities but have large amounts of texts accompaning other parts. Personally, this makes it hard to read because dialogues are written with chunks of words and within texts, though this is just preference. The words are used to detail moments greatly, and establish grounded personalities early on in the novel.
With the Grammer and style, the story flows well, with just a few hiccups here and there.
Honestly, the characters are great.
Mannat, being the main character, was made intelligent and sceptical, with problems of his own and at home. This oddness to his age alone does not come to affect his state of maturity, and along with the other characters, he acts his age. Even with his special abilities, his social awareness is a mess and it's a ride to read.
It's a problem often found in novels, when ages don't necessarily correlate well with the characters personalities, but book does a good job portraying these attributes, and emphasise it through dialogue.
At this point I have only read a few moments of 'motor moments' where the story seems to be flowing to the main plot, but it's obvious to see that every interaction and scene is done to formulate the characters, express them in ways that we can be able to relate to them ourselves, and drive the plot to a specific point. I have read far enough to see where the story is heading, and I'm stoked for it.
Overall, the style of good, the Grammer could use some retouching, but the story and characters are driving the book to huge opportunity.
When everything moves so fast, it is very rare to found a waystation that was perspective. Everyone’s Lv Zero did just that.
Full disclosure this is both review swap yet at the same time also a fan’s review. Take it with caution both of the salt and rose tinted glass.
When Underload approached me for a review swap, I took a long look at the protagonist name descriptor — Mannat. I remembered that name. I heard that name. Where. Where. Where.
Turned out around a month ago, by the June’s afternoon, me and my not-made bed was scrolling down on the list of latest updates. Not here on RR, but on SH (Scribblehub), the cover and the title took me on an intrigue. Curiosity if you may. Unlike the pandered, obviously title-adjusted, understandable authorial choice that was made for you, RR’s audience, this novel originally titled in a more sophisticated, slightly fancier term — ‘Heir of Mana.’ And the picture of the girl reaching her hand to the cerulean sky just seal the deal.
And as I tried the first chapter, I understandably was expecting the same thing. The same same similars. A teenage boy in a blank slate who by the weaving of fate and innermost wishes of audiences to self-insert themselves, triumphed over a young-master filled world by being granted a cheat for no reason at all. You know, the standard brainless something. Your salted chips in the evening, enjoyable after a work even though you are aware of the fact that it had no nutritional substance and more likely to make you fat.
Ho, dear. How wrong I was…
Underload is a master, and I don't say this lightly, so I’ll repeat it once again with long preceding descriptor sentence to put how much I emphasized this conviction. Underload is a master of description and setting.
I grew up reading books. Loving books. Since the day that the available fiction to me was either twenty-thirty years old collection from my school’s library or cost at least two weeks of my allowance, I've been voraciously gulping and downing every fiction possible. Yet between those sparse collections, between those eight hour of enjoyable read, the one which I treasured the most and still are was the one who brought me.
Brought me to a journey of different life, where life was different, and stories was told. Brought me to a journey of different time, when it was honorable when someone was titled teacher, and respect was imposed by entire different section of language.
And Everyone’s Lv Zero, captured that. That different-ness essence. Caught, clutch, clung.
I was swept on the stream of dynamic. Of how the seemingly quaint living a village life was filled and filled with expectation of how you ought to be when you grew up. I was filled with the characters, sides as they were, were human with their own life, with their own right. The hunting scenes, the children’s playing together. It was alive. It was alight. It was beautiful and bright.
It was real.
Sure, some may say that the story is kind of glacial. And sure they may be right. After all only after 450 pages down, see that? Four hundred and fifty pages down, that the main character got his class and qualified for an apprenticeship. Qualified. Not Finished. Qualified.
But I’d argue that this — this glacialness is in fact the charm. Most of story I enjoyed here in this site was a stitch of scenes, it highlighted the exciting, and skipped the boring. But this — this is a moment by moment of life streaming by; uninterrupted, unperturbed yet at the same time wonderful.
Now as the advanced review rules demanded, I’ll talk through aspect —sections of story, character, style, and grammar.
The story was filtered through the eyes of all, but mostly the main character, Mannat. We are presented with a young boy so curious, so full of life, so responsible, so loving, so boyish, so clever, so considerate, so not considerate, so selfish, so principled, so hesistant, so understanding, so prejudiced, so everything —so human.
He made mistakes, he often made mistakes. He learned from his mistakes. He played with his friends, he had a good relationship with his friend. He loved and was loved back. He hated and try to hate back (it’s so adorable).
I have nothing to say here.
As for the story, so far there is only one overarching plot. Mannat was trying to become good enough magician to save her mother. Which what he was being doing. Relentlessly. There were also some other subplots there, the young adult subplot that again, was so adorable and pure. The details however left to you, the audience, as an exercise.
Next, the style. It’s good. It’s both clear clear and vernacular. The story was told in the very close, omniscient third person where the narrator was the author itself. And Like I said before, the author mastered the art of description. And ho boy, he didn’t mince word with his allusion.. For example I loved how he described the shopkeeper’s appearance with a bark tree’s skin among other things.
The only breaking things for me is that the author’s voice sometime slipped in into the dialogue, for example, when Moore said dime’s a dozen, that was a bit unsuitable since from the synopsis this was supposed to be other world of Jamaya (from the SH original synopsis), and considering both dime’s a dozen etymology and Everyone’s Lv Zero’s system of currency, that phrase shouldn’t even exist. Unless of course, it was a most subtle hint, a foreshadowing of the author that Jamaya was somehow a new name of original earth after a monster era attack (which was possible). So spoiler alert? Maybe?
As for Grammar, it is good. Safe for double en dash (--) that hadn’t been replaced properly with em dash (—), leftover unspaced paragraph (likely to be artifact from copying from writing software to RR), and Moore kept being interchanged with Moor. Other than that, it is good.
In conclusion, this is good book. A very good book. Please, please for the ever loving god, read it.
Disclaimer: This review was created as part of the swap with the reviewer story — Tales of Unlikely Wizard in accordance with the Royalroad Rules regarding Review Swap. Reader discretion is advised.
The story is a litRPG low fantasy (as of now) and focuses on a village boy called Mannat and his adventures.
Style: The prose is above average considering RR and the writing is from third person which is a welcome change. The plus point is that there is no loss of emotions even while in third person which is usually not the case in RR. Character expressions and inner turmoil are drawn out pretty well. Can improve with time and experience. Paragraphs are on the short side and the chapter length is not consistent throughout. The pace is slow, and sometimes too slow, but doesn't get boring.
Story: Very good. Village life is captured in all its beauty and its simplicity. The simplicity part becoming evident from chapter 11. The initial setting is good, with the synopsis actually being the prologue. Could be developed in later chapters for better world building imo. The world building has just started and we already know that some form of townships exist, but it hasn't been mentioned. Also, traders/merchants were mentioned and skipped. Might be because of the MC being a child and isn't capable of knowing, but it would give a completeness to the village life.
Grammar: Can improve, however the errors aren't glaring or annoying. You may even miss the errors if you are skimming.
Characters: Well fleshed out, has development. Parents behave like parents and children behave like children. Even the supposedly adult MC is just a smart child. Kudos to the author. The slow pace contributes to the development, but just of the MC and friends. Other characters could be mentioned more and the pace must improve.
I enjoyed the story, it has a charming tone and strong conveyance of character.
The strongest element of the story is in its descriptions. The author has a tendency to use unconventional descriptions that remain charmingly evocative, the curtains 'giggling' comes to mind. Along with this, the descriptions are very physiological and experiential. You are often invited to feel the sensations of what is being described. The effect is very absorbing.
The character of Mannat is well delivered by his dialogue. The idea of a child genius is pretty well presented in a stilted style of dialogue which is especially apparent when in conversation with other characters.
The story has a good grounding, but I would like to see the general conceit of everyone being 'level zero' explained earlier within the text, instead of it being religated to the synopsis.
In terms of grammar, there are a few minor mistakes in word choice, but don't detract from the story at all. The more significant problem is a tendency to head hop during dialogue. If one wanted to keep the asides some characters make, then it would be better to mark perspective shifts with paragraph breaks.
Overall, a good read that invites you to push on.
It is a good story, a bit slow but still a good story.
The writing style isn't anything amazing or impressive. It is simply the normal style done well, nothing more and nothing less.
I noticed a few mistakes, nothing major. The story could still be easily read. I should mention that I'm not that good at spotting mistakes either though.
Not much revealed yet, however, there certainly is potential. (spoiler) A boy who is a bit special. Later he meets a witch. Really nothing interesting so far. A really slow start but there certainly is potential and seeing how this is already the Reload I assume this probably won't continue to be a boring slice of live.
The main character is the only one introduced this far. He didn't get to show off much of his personality though. The little you got to see wasn't anything special, a young intelligent kid, nothing extraordinary. There are also his parents, friends and the like but they didn't get much time either. The only thing that's certain is that his parents love him.
A Story with potential, if you're able to get past the first few chapters I'm certain there will be a nice story hidden! On the topic of hidden there appear to be a couple mysteries as well, I hope they will be explained nicely.
This is an interesting story. It lacks otters, but I give it a recommend anyhow.
Imagine a litrpg world but nothing gives XP because the monsters are all gone.
That's what we're dealing with here, to the point that monsters have been gone so long they're not even really myths or legends.
Except they're coming back.