The Discarded, Half-Eaten Apple Core New Life. An OP Dungeon Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG.

The Discarded, Half-Eaten Apple Core New Life. An OP Dungeon Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG.

by MDW

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

[A failed Participant in the January 2023 Community Contest: I forgot to fill the form]

The world ended. Bam! The Apocalypse opened the gates of Hell, demons killed everyone. Including me. But I got a second chance of life. Though it was as an apple. Which was eaten by a starving survivor, not that I fault them. But to toss my half-eaten core into a landfill?

To add insult to injury, an earthquake brought the landfill and everything in it a mile underneath the earth. I guess I'm not in uncharted waters, because good luck finding any nearby.

Not that it would matter. I am pretty sure the apple I was reincarnated as was a GMO hybrid whose potential to germinate was as stunted as the empathy of a corporation CEO. So there's that. Also, no sunlight.

** DING **


Oh, for the love of all —

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Table of Contents
70 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Reincarnated as an APPLE CORE. How could anyone get THAT wrong? ago
ANNEX I: Sanity-Preserving Glossary ago
This Dungeon is Garbage! ago
Radio Shank Versus Nickel Mice. ago
All that the Landfill touches is your Domain! ago
You Son of a B****, I'm in. ago
Rest In Peace, Ms. Josselyn. You'll be forever remembered. ago
Getting a Kid Sick was the Answer after all. ago
When your kill starts kill stealing, steal the kill from the kill stealing kill. ago
That's a Bad Bet. ago
NOT A CHAPTER: The Errata your Fiction Wished you Smelled like ago
Oh, so that's why they're called Splinter and Shredder. ago
Physics-chan has left the room ago
Abandon all hope, ye who enters here. ago
They won't ever stop tossing people in here, will they? Wait, its that the Dungeon Devotee by Nixia? ago
Yup, just as expected. ago
Yes, it is that dragon. ago
Savanna, Prairie, JQuery, Grasslands, and Hidden Tigers. ago
The Lion Mourns Tonight. ago
This Chapter was brought to you by Michael Bay (no, not really). ago
Pseudo-Interlude: The Weight of Rarity. ago
What the... is this now a 4x GameLit story? ago
Nowadays, cultivating trees is all the rage. ago
In Soviet Russia, Money Chases You. ago
Infinite Monkeys Bending Reality ago
Operation Blackjack Six. ago
Musical Interlude: Chat GPT, what have you done! ago
If our Pains never Return! ago
The Little Artillery that Could! ago
Blimey, it seems that they REALLY like to cultivate trees! ago
Maim one, Get one free. ago
Only my Railgun can make Skyrim Memes. ago
Living here in Jersey (not really Jersey), Fighting Monsters from Beyond. Chicks dig... ago
Go Go Ranger Ork. Only you can get a-Head! ago
Everybody is Gangsta Until the Engines Jam. ago
The Ballet of Steel and Blood ago
All the Dank Memes ago
NaC: Sub-Class brainstorm ideas. ago
Guardians of the Sacred Tree. ago
Welcome, you Summoner's Bitches. ago
You are a Ranger-Wizard, Harry ago
On Cloud Computing and Thrown Gauntlets ago
Hugging Momma Bricks Windows! ago
Episode IV: A new Dope ago
Episode V: The Whale Strikes Back ago
Episode VI: Return of the Fly (why the heck is it "return" when they just arrived?) ago
Meditate on this Zen Koan: "If you find the Buddha on the road, kill him." ago
That's some Dumb Stuff, Larry. ago
In Soviet Russia's 4th of July, Fireworks Shoot You! ago
You activated my Trap Card! I Cast Summon Bigger (jelly) Fish. And only bones shall remain! ago
Doki-Doki Power! Super Puririn Magical Princess Tranformation! Bloom! Apple Blossom Princess Mode! ago
It's time to change the genre (again). Now its a Princess Rearing Social Sim! ago
Raindrops keep failing on my head. But that doesn't mean... something. ago
All shall bow to their new God! Or have a one-on-one with an angry Valkyrie. Choose. ago
Don't say you weren't warned! ago
Such is reality. Yesterday's boss is today's random encounter. ago
Quantum Conundrum ago
Rescues Washington DC / Unless something better's on TV ago
Visit Scenic Post-Apocalyptic New York. The Best Place to Touch Grass! ago
In Soviet New York, Grass Touches You. From the inside out. Yikes. ago
Physics-Chan favors this one! ago
Now Reciting: Reconciliation, by Walt Whitman. ago
When Immortal Slaughter fails... time travel is not an option. At least not here. Deal with it. ago
The Apocalypse after the Apocalypse, the one your Four Horsemen wished your Armageddon smelled like. ago
Once A Jolly Swagger Apple Camped by a Billabong. ago
We are based out of the back of Bourke, but she'll be Apples, mate. ago
Wait. I think I know these people from somewhere... It's on the tip of my tongue... ago
I Hate to Admit it, but Marshall was Right. ago

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While not the most thought out and meticulously crafted story, it is fast paced and interesting enough to see what comes next. Most dungon core seems to take forever to get anywhere while min maxing everything they can. This one tends to ingnore the power ups and go by rule of cool. 

Characterization and character interaction is minimal and the meta references break immersion for me, but it's worth a few hours of your time.


Good story, the world is interesting.  But... Do you know what levels are?  More levels, more levels, skills, perks, skills, more and more of whatever the fuck the system has.  Our MC wins at an insanely fast speed (from the reader's point of view).  It gets to the point where it's tedious to read, so I just skip the hundreds of system screens.  

For you to have an idea, the mc has 8 subclasses until this chapter that I'm reading, it's not even "OP" anymore, it's something more childish like super strong invincible superman comics.


super fucking cheeky , i love it

Reviewed at: Physics-chan has left the room

I think this is my favorite dungeon story thus far. It is a total fucking satire and knows what it is doing without taking itself seriously

I think what takes the icing of the cake is the 4th wall breaking , cheeky , thumb in cheek main charecter. I just love reading his proverb and I also love that he doesnt give a rats ass about anything except his own survival and power ups.

Nothing is more grating than reading lack of self preservation dungeons like ahem some rr stories that shal not b named that end up becoming "humanoid" and "interact with towns" and "negotiate " with humans or worse, REWARD humans for beating their dungeon. The whole concept of humans reincarnated as dungeons dropping loot after other humans kill their monsters made to protect them is absolute lunacy, and im glad this mc has more common sense than half of the written royalroad stories.

mc is def big brain, and the powers and dungeon dynamics are super unique and creative. Im glad he is exploring the world instead of taking the trad dungeon troupe route.

i like how he gave the humans a chance without being cringe about his morals and as soon as he realized they werent on his side he stopped caring about them.

Overall, it is a super fun and thrilling read. I love satire esp when it is well done. I highly recommend you read this book and anyone who gives anything less than a 5 is prob trash that needs our dungeon to recycle :')


This is a semi mobile dungeon core novel. Portions are spent entrenched in a death trap and portions are spent wandering around.

Piloting mechs or otherwise.


There is plenty of referential humor. A surprising depth and span of information and, above all else, an addictive litrpg filled numbers going up sensation pumping pure amphetamines into your soul.

The system is loose but well defined. It manages to not feel wishy washy or unimportant. 

Alll in all I definitely recommend.


This book has a dungeon premise.  We have a demon apocalypse, and a benevolent group if aliens gives earth a "system" to help them survive (but doesn't actually intervene, humans have to save themselves).

Our MC has a bad first day, and ends up with his spirit stuck in an apple, and eaten, ending up as an apple core.  the alien system gets confused and turns the apple core into a dungeon core (and tries to push it to making an orchard dungeon)

It's quite funny and enjoyable.


It sounds absolutely bonkers and if you ever actually use your logic this novel would be an absolutely fail and yet it can entrap you.
The suspencion of disbelief doesn't trigger at all, it is really well written to avoid that and keep you interested. Kudos to the author.

The novel on itself is interesting, an MC reincarnated into a half eaten apple going in a powertrip to saving post apocalyptic earth. There is some degree of morality and yet is not overblown. There is stupidity for the sake of humour and also for the actual sake of simulating an actual thinking person.

While parts of the plot are obvious most of it is actually original, well though and while it doesn't seem planned it gels toghether incredibly well.

Again the most surprising part is that many of the things when poorly done would trigger the suspencion of disbelief and make you question what you are reading.
Many good and great novels have issues with this regardless of the topic and yet this one manages to thread the needle, grab your attention, say stupid shit in an interesting manner (like really, magical girl transformation frase?) and it feels logical.
Easily the best aspect of this novel, IT IS INTRINSICALLY LOGICAL, even more counting that most of it feels like a joke and it fits.

All in all the most surprising find of this year 2023, hoping that is not the last one but it sets the bar quite high.


Very trashy novel filled with lots of garbage.

Would give half the stars because there is only half of an mc, but the novel makes up for it with the amount of literal garbage that gets consumed, so 5 stars it is, also pears get thrown more than I thought they would


I love this so much, So many dungeon core tropes have very slow power creep or try and sneak their way to power, but this totally blows all those tropes out of the water. This story doesn't take itself very seriously, but that's what seriously makes me love this story so far.

Paint 3D is nice.

Very Amazing Would read 200 times over if I could


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The title is a mouthful but it all starts with a non spherical dungeon core that doesnt follow the usual tropes, the system gives him useful abilities to build and protect trees for humanity survival, he doesnt care, instead he makes deadly traps to kill anything that breathes and level up until he feels safe enough.

And he is not a stationary dungeon since in a few chapters he is already far away from the landfill and moving himself by mashing the buttons of discount bin mech, going around a ruined city to kill demons and absorb more electronics.

Currently only a dozen chapters but very promising for fun and other contents.