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Superpowers abound. Villains rule the world. A lone, exhausted, hero that just wants to quit.
Strong-armed by the Superhero Enhancement System into the thankless job of endlessly performing good deeds in a world where such actions are often met with violence, Lucas Lynn doesn't have much choice in regards to using his supposed gifts.
Being able to reincarnate isn't terribly appealing when you have to keep experiencing one horrible death after another, but hey, at least there's still pizza.
[Bzzt... Scan complete. Analyzing...]
[Analysis complete. Positive value found, now loading... Loading complete.]
'Okay, WTF is...'
[Binding successful. Congratulations upstanding citizen. You have been selected by the Superhero Enhancement System. Please select your desired enhancement. The following options are avail...]
'I'M DYING! IS NOT DYING AN OPTION!?'
[Error, invalid selection. An enhancement will be randomly selected. Randomizing... Strength has been selected. Enhanced strength will be calibrated for your rebirth. Please look forward to it.]
'WHAT IN THE ACTUAL F...'
With this final thought, Lucas has finished dying in a pool of his own blood on the sidewalk.
Little character theater:
Lucas, attempting to broker a deal for benefits for his freshly forced vocation of heroic servitude: “Hey 427, do I at least get some vacation time?”
System # 427, completely deadpan: [...There's a new minor task available to the southwest. There's also a cute dog you can pet over there.]
Lucas, with newfound enthusiasm: “WHERE'S THE PUPPER!?”
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Read till 17 and lost interest.
I felt that the worldbuilding was shallow - it's built as "villains won dystopia" but all we see is normal domestic life and an extremeley stable society by the looks of things - despite everyone supposedly being an asshole and a world population reduced to less than a third of previous, with the mc encountering 3 violent altercations in two outings from his house. Despite which, it still reads as daily domestics in a normal city, and the villains are all great benefits to a new more advanced society. The word is just a meaningless title.
There also feels like a severe mismatch in characterisation vs established setting (setting as described, not setting as shown. As I said, there is already a mismatch between seen vs shown setting). To put it simply, the people are too soft and trusting. They read like a bunch of girls playing homemaker, instead of people who now live in a (supposedly) dystopic villain society. All three supposedly masculine main characters read as generally feminine in tone to me, as though written by someone without a firm grasp of writing male characters authentically, particularly the system personality.
I'd expect more Somalia than New York - if we are talking modern real world examples - or more Shadowrun than Barbie if you are talking fictional settings.
If you are looking for lighthearted feelgood slice of life where villainy is just a word, and gore is just a casual reset from being erased, this is probably your story. If you want a real dystopia, hell, you're already living it.
The opening premise is interesting. Imagine a world where there were heroes and villains, and after a calamitous war, the villains rose victorious. Two-thirds of the population lies dead, humanity survives at the whims of those intrinsically opposed to law and order, and it's... pretty much fine. Supervillains act like celebrities with merch and adorable pet contests. Public transit still runs, garbage trucks still swing by, your money is safer than it's ever been before and public museums are flourishing. But it's bad, because villains are bad. In fact, it's so bad that the lazy, slovenly, reincarnated everyman is quantifiably the best person on the planet and receives a system that stacks on superpowers so long as he manages to kill fewer than two people for every minor Good Deed (carrying luggage, stopping muggings, preventing vandalism) that he performs. But it's fine because he's sort of a hero pretending to be a villain, and these are bad guys (or happened to be fighting a bad guy in one unfortunate fleshpuddle's case). In short, the premise is interesting but feels like it's only half bolted-on to the story.
Style: It's fine, written in present tense. It occasionally waxes heavy on descriptive elements without bogging down the story but stands out due to the unexpected focus on little details.
Grammar: Pretty good overall, there were a couple of misused words like 'gourmet' instead of 'gourmand' but for the most part, the actual writing is clear and free of mistakes.
Story: This is where most of my problems are. The premise is interesting but doesn't line up with how the story is presented. For one, heroes aren't like a rare species of elk. You can't exterminate them, even if they didn't have the unfair advantage of taking any random good-ish person and turning them into a super (and apparently charging them directly into the threshing maw that is supervillains until everyone above a certain (low) good deed value died). Second, given that there's a sentient system handing out powers like candy and looping time to dance around death, why wait for a mediocre reincarnator to show up? It's expecting him to guide young supes into heroism, so why not cut out the middleman and just pick a mediocre native years earlier? If people's good deed value can change as a result of the barest amount of human interaction, why wouldn't the system use some of its millions of dollars to rehabilitate spaces where good people grow like fruit on the vine. Pay for schools, private security, decent housing. You can't gain power if you don't do good deeds, so it really doesn't matter who's selected, and the system can both read your mind and take control of your body, so there's no risk of being outplayed by villains. It'd make more sense to sign up an idealistic teen or turn a 'villain' that's protecting their territory and people. Given how lasseiz-faire the hero system is about murder, it'd hardly make a difference.
Characters: The characters are a bit odd. In the space of a day, the MC goes from literally drinking himself to death over accidentally killing a cutpurse that killed him, to casually murdering the second member of a fight that had gotten the MC killed despite not actually doing anything to him. There's an oddly upbeat sense to the characters, despite rampant murder, unknown apocalyptic threats, and homeless superpowered teens that go from holding up convenience stores to excited sidekick in hours. There's no mistrust or paranoia despite the world supposedly being a dystopian hive of crime. It's just odd. It feels like the world is a bouncy castle that's been painted black. It might seem grim, but the MC always lands just fine. They also don't seem to have any interest in being a hero or much of an issue with the world as is. No moralistic anger at a supposedly unjust world, instantly on board with villains as movie stars, completely calm about watching a supervillain detonate the heads of two troublemakers. It just makes it weird that there isn't a single person out of billions that's more good than them.
Overall, it feels like the story is uncomfortably straddling two worlds. On the one side, things are dark, the people in power aren't just corrupt but fundamentally uncaring of people's rights. Murder and theft are commonplace. On the other, the MC and his system are joking around, going on shopping sprees, and rolling around in free money. He's got a new sidekick, scared off graffiti artists, and contemplates opening a school for extraordinary children. Maybe it settles down in time and the tone of the world and characters blend a bit better, but I struggled to mesh the lackadaisical with regularly being drenched in gore.
So, it's a good story, great premise, and more than 2D characters. My one qualm with it however is when you kind of milked the several chapters of them looking through ORG names. I know other stuff happened but with so many paragraphs dedicated to it, it became kinda boring. Either it's boring to read or boring to sift through so you know when it ends. Other than that though, good job so far.
foreword this book is could be the excate type of book and writing style someone would like. Maybe...
Overall it's okay I suppose it's the kind of thing you read to shit your brain off too not to really be immersed or impressed in any way. The world building is bland and riddle with well uninspired choices and even then doesn't really seem to be what it says it is. It's supposed to be a tougher world in that villains rule everything and crime and murder is rampant, but the characters don't act like it is and generally are weak in every way but powers. The main character is bland not very quick mentally speaking and honestly kind of annoying (I mean that's just my opinion there no offense sometimes you just don't mesh with ppl or characters ya know?). The system is honestly the part that I have the most annoyance from (that snd the character theater sketches) comes across bland unoriginal stereotypical in a bad way and well has a weak personality, it comes across unsure and like it has no clue what it's doing but claims to be very old and having done this for a long time. If you couldn't tell the system is meant to be a "mostly unemotional" system which means it reacts like comment section keyboard warrior most of the time and tries to be endearingly annoying. Most of the chapters (at least the early ones) are short and kinda meh. The powers are cool but when aren't powers cool? I mean it had potential but if it was an animal it would be the weakest of the litter and will likely starve itself to death.
In the sense that it could be a diamond. But it really looks like it's made from plastic.
To elaborate there's nothing exactly bad about the whole.
But it quickly becomes clear it's not the sum of its parts. The story, while having a myriad of tags, heavily leans on three central ones. Comedy, slice of life and satire. I mean currently almost half of the story is set up in a registration office.(Bureaucracy am I right?)
The whole time is spent on character interaction that isn't exactly bad, but it's rather showing off the focus for the story. I mean it could be a set up for a high intensity action arc of everything starting to really get going. But so far it isn't exactly likely. Though realistically thinking about the premise it very well could be that the main character could hit a critical point in renown.
That's besides the point of a review.
Style: There's nothing wrong with the style of writing, action scenes flow quickly and without missing a beat. Character interactions are occasionally interlaced with descriptive reactions or direct dialogue. There doesn't seem to be an in between though I'm not sure if that's necessary. Honestly, how exactly are you supposed to review style? I'm fairly certain it's pretty good.
Grammar: I haven't spotted anything off about it. Though I tend to correct mistakes in my head and continue reading, so it’s hard to say.
Story: I'd say this is the part of the story that's really lacking, and in many ways it's the most important part. The story is more bogged down by the fact that this is a satire/slice of life story. Both genres add directive for most stories to either meander in situations longer than necessary, or drag off on a tangential joke.
Honestly the setting is quite interesting. The world is an aftermath of a two sided war between "Villains" and "Heroes". Villains are more individualistic superpowered people that are surprisingly generally bad people.
Heroes are apparently rather good people, the fact being they are bound within a system rewards "good" actions and punished for either failing to fulfill the objective. The main rewards and punishments being taking and granting powers.
At the end of the war the only people left were aligned with the villains. Villains with their numerous doomsday devices, they are left in what might as well be the world's version of the cold war. Society slowly builds back up with demand for a functional economy. Inventors wanting more resources finding it easier to have people actually working for them rather than inventing a new answer for every minor problem.
So what we're left with is a world with a society built secure for convenience. Everyone that has survived is paranoid of someone wanting to use them. Now throw in a prospective hero into the world.
Like walking on gravel mixed with crushed bottles.
Also the hero system is likely an authoritarian control system that has only one limit to connect to people that are considered "good".
Though this is just a bit of speculation.
Character: This is honestly the place where the story either shines, or doesn't.
The main character is a isekaid ass with a heart of gold. The secondary main character is a voice stuck inside of the mains head guiding him on working towards the greater good. As an third for the main cast is a superpowered teen kicked out on to the streets by his parents. Lucas the main character quickly becomes a parental figure for him.
All character interaction flows really well, there's real comedy between the characters. Emotional moments are well done. The contrast when people are playing around and serious is readily apparent. When they are serious they are every part the villain they are. It gives a ton of depth to what the background for the setting is.
It really shows that most people readily remember the war. Most adults having been alive during it.
Overall: I recommend giving it a try. Though It's completely believable you'll come back disappointed.
For example I wish this story was a more serious take on the premise.
Though that doesn't change the fact that it really is a well written story with a ton of possibilities even if it meanders on occasion.
While the style of writing was a bit over explainatory at times, I really think this story and concept has a lot of potential and the Author seems to be sharp.
I love the idea that is explored of a world full of Villains who have gotten bored of ruling the world and life has simply gone on anyways, and a lone hero being born with an ability that could potentially turn it all around. I bet it is just what that world needs, and that sets the story off on a good foundation. Looking forward to future chapters.
Great story, with an interesting and somewhat unique perspective that is very enjoyable. It could stand to be a bit more serious at times, occasionally gets stuck on the mundane and feels like it is jogging in place, and, while this one is just my opinion, it could benefit from somewhat larger chapters occasionally. I should also mention that the grammar and spelling is excellent and that it seems reasonably well edited.
A bit of a different take on the villain / super hero stories that you usually find. Light hearted, enjoyable story that was hard to put down.
Looking forward to reading more.
Characters are relatable, and the story flows well with no noticeable spelling or grammar issues to detract from the story.
Really enjoying it so far, had a few issues initially with a few things not making sense to me but I joined the discord and the author sat and answered every question I had and made it all make much more sense and made me look at things from a different perspective. Some of the villains are more flamboyant than typical villains but it works as the villains are portrayed as bored, more like celebrities than villains but the novel does well to remind you the friendly villains to the MC are still villains. Honestly I'd wanted to write a longer and better review but I discovered there are more chapters on WN and I'm coming up on what people call the best chapters so far, so I'll leave off by saying, if you want an ultra gritty murderfest that you might expect from a Villains won story this isn't for you but if you want a light hearted comedy then this is exactly what you're looking for. also keep in mind the society appears somewhat stable because of the Cold War between the strongest villains so nobody is actively destroying society and a lot of the smaller acts of societal disorder are stopped by the MC, at least in the local areas and so far at least not much is revealed outside of that area.
I couldn't get into it. The style of writing, mostly the perspective, bothered me for some reason. There did not seem to be an adequate hook in the first half of the first chapter. I lost intrest near the end, but felt I should give some reasoning behind the poor rating.
My suggestion is to change the first chapter to include some sort of hook, gather intrest because the daily life of the first charactor is dull. If you start off with how the charactor first dies like in the story description then flash back quickly to establish the norm the story should be much more appealing.