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In the near future, the corporations that rule society treat their citizens like products and tools. People live to work and work to live, but not everyone—some people prosper on the fringe, some thrive as thorns in the paws of the corporate lions . . .
Juliet just wants to get a ride home from her double shift at the scrapyard when something bizarre and horrifying happens, something that throws her into the crosshairs of Western Bio Dynamics, a mega-corporation out of Phoenix that would just as soon dissect a person as interview them.
She didn’t ask for the stolen, illegal tech that falls into her hands, but she accepted it. Now she needs to find a way to skip town, find a way to hide from WBD until she figures out a plan. She has to learn to live in the shadows, to work outside the corporate system, and to deal with the sundry characters, honorable and nefarious, inhabiting that world.
Join Juliet as she works to improve herself physically, mentally, and in reputation. She has a lot of learning to do and will face many challenges along the way, from synthetic bounty hunters to double-crossing operators, to struggles with her own long-held beliefs about right and wrong.
Can one scrapyard welder stand up to the big corporations? Can she find a way to not only survive but also make a name for herself? Keep reading to find out . . .
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I'm very optimistic for this story, as the expansive worldbuilding and intriguing premise have set a solid structure for the narrative, allowing the vibrant settings and characters to have maximum effect. The plot is cohesive and directional, more than capable of commanding my attention. It's extremely enjoyable so far, and I have nothing but praise for this polished story.
This was very entertaining so far. The style is consistent and the pace changes to match with the activity in each scenario. I felt like I was fully immersed while reading this which is the most promising indicator that I'm going to thoroughly enjoy the experience. The MC is adapting rather quickly to her changing circumstances but nothing is beyond the normal realm of possibility which is appreciated as in so many stories the MC is instantly cool with a world of changes and that kind of breaks my immersion. The fight scenes flow smoothly and realistically and the interactions with other characters do as well. The first chapters that I read had grabbed my interest and the most recent one actually got my adrenaline flowing. The spelling and grammar are excellent and I can't remember any standout errors in the editing. The MC is both relatable and likable. She has the toughness that someone in her profession would likely have. She is somewhat beaten down by the society she lives in but still has an optimism tempered by the harsh reality that she has experienced so far in her life. I'm looking forward to seeing where this story goes.
Really excellent start. Well written (as usual for the author), flowed well, and very interesting story and worldbuilding! I can't wait to see where it goes. Here's hoping the author keeps it up! The other two stories are really good and ongoing so I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this one will be great, as well.
Give it a shot!
Edit- I'm at chapter 9 and boy howdy has it maintained its quality. Great story so far and very much a good call to read.
I have read through the first book on Act on the author's Patreon and I have to say it's awesome. The tension of the Main Character being in way over her head, struggling to run and hide from Corpos, barely making it through crazy bits of action, and coming to terms with being an Operator with a very helpful voice in her head. Worth every second of reading.
An awesome story. The MC isn't immediately OP and there is some actual depth to the tech rather than just completely glazing over it like I've seen a lot of stories do. Every character feels fleshed out and three-dimensional. Definitely recommend giving this a try. With how big the setting has been made out to be this story could go on forever and I'd be happy.
The overall storyline thus far is engaging and addictive.Juliet is an awesome character that I'm excited to learn more about. I've never been a huge fan of LITRPG's but this is one that I don't mind and I think it actually adds to the story.
The setting is awesome, the AI quips are great, and the characters are rich!
Can't wait for more.
Great writing. Easy to follow. Good pace.
The protagonist feels real, without mich information on her. The story is not written with puppy eyes, and the occasional bad site is shown. Again we have the mega complexes from Dread, or other cyberpunk stories which fit good into the story and show the overall situation off big companies running the world.
Only two chapters in and everything thing is alive and vibrant and brimming with potential. Characters are introduced full of life and attitude. Plot is primed for some very interesting curves. You just know stuff will go wrong and creative solutions will be required.
You've got intrigue, cover ups, slick tech, and sassy AI :)
The beginnings of a dystopian adventure!
I get Blade Runner vibes heavy from this one.
The novel starts off very good and quickly draws you in but drops in quality after a dozen or so chapters. My main issue is not with the story, which is quite decent, but with the characters. The author wants to portray a grim unforgiving world but characters act completely contrary to the setting. Mercenaries who often kill other people for a living in a cyberpunk-themed world are quick to trust others, exchange contact info and help each other out, and constantly 'grin' and 'laugh'. Their interactions sometimes remind me a group of friends going on a quest in some MMO rather than professional killers, who know that this miission might as well be their last one. Not to mention that Jullie, Ghoul and Honey (and Angel for that matter) at some point stop having any distinctive features and start feeling like the same person with different names to me. This is quite baffling since in the beginning all characters are well written, have their own motivations and unique personalities, don't easily trust others and even eager to betray to make a quick buck, which is quite logical given their line of work and the world they live in. Also, in some chapters there is a lot of unneccesary dialog. Overall, an interesting story but author needs to work on the characters and their interactions.
P.S. Don't get me wrong, this novell is way better than absolute majority of other webnovels, which can't be even judged by the same standards. This is why it's frustrating to see such inconsistencies, especially knowing that the author can do better.
Fantastic story with believable characters that I can guarantee you'll fall in love with! I fell in love with the story within the first few chapters. It's highly engaging with some really amazing worldbuilding, you really feel the cyberpunk in every chapter. There are many different stories here on RR but there are very few true gems and I think this is one of them.