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Enjoyed this book a lot. This was my first LitRPG book and I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had reading it. I tend to read myself to sleep at night. Definitely not falling asleep with this read! Can't wait for the next one!
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2016
49s is a bit unique as a litrpg novel. However that's isn't necessarily a bad thing. Seeing the standard mechanics of the litrpg genre applied to a sci fi setting is fairly interesting and worth a read. However I very much would have liked to see more of the mechanics. They gain experience, skills, stats, weapons, etc. But there is rarely any detail. This book desperately needs a menu screen type of mechanic. They often mention characters looking at their menus or distributing their points but we never actually get a full overview of what kind of things they can see. It would be much easier for the reader to understand how the characters are developing if we could get hard number stats from characters instead of a vague "char xyz raised stamina". Also this series desperately needs more world building. You get that there is a major war and that all combat takes place inside this war games however that's it. Who's on each side? How did the war start? Why did they decide to place is it a game? None of these questions and more are answered. Outside of the regiment of the main characters you are given pretty much no info about the world at large.
To conclude this series is an interesting entry into the litrpg that offers interesting new options for litrpg reader but could do with diving deeper into litrpg mechanics and more world building in general.
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2017
I had to stop 24% into this book. I found it too confusing.
It's supposed to be VR and yet there are children being evacuated? Also apparently, one of the upgrades? is Gorilla DNA enhancements? Why not just use giants??? Also the soldiers wear powered armor? why, when they can be created as strong as needed? I think the author has just failed to properly depict a VR type combat world.It seems like he just crammed Litrpg elements into what is really a SIFI armored soldiers novel.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2017
An unusual take on the LitRPG genre, where the game world directly impacts the real one.
This isn't something that I've seen much of in the genre, and Mr. Sylvester calls it LitFPS (First Person Shooter), which is a sci-fi driven story with a military narration.
Some of the characters, especially in the first half of the story, can be hard to keep track of but that's understandable basis the story and how the 49ers came to be (Although I could do without the iRank on everything). Another thing I really enjoyed was the method of "leveling up", not necessarily the personal side of it - since that's mostly kept behind the scenes, but the gear and systems.
If there was one thing I would change would be bringing more of the game mechanics to the forefront. But that could be only me since I like to understand those things and "participate" in the decision-making process.
I quit after 1/3 of the book. Whats up with this world? It didnt make sense. If you have soldiers competing in a game for real life results, how is killing them after a certain number of missions or deaths realistic? If there is a high value person on your side, why dont the medics who kill people anyway just kill him off? Where is the sense? I didnt enjoy the writing enough to overcome the 'Whats going on? This doesnt make any sense!'.