One day, our MC finds himself stuck in the world of his favorite webnovel. What should he do to survive? It's a world struck by catastrophe and danger all around. His edge? He knows the plot of the story to end, because he was the sole reader that stuck with it.
This is the sort of story where you can easily see how much love, care, and thought has been poured into its creation, and simply for that, I'd rank it a cut above its peers. Story: 10 To give you a brief idea, ORV revolves around Kim Dokja (meaning only child/reader) who is the only reader of a web novel called Three Ways to Survive in a Ruined World aka Ways of Survival for over a decade. On the day the final chapter of Ways of Survival is published, the novel's events suddenly begin occurring in the real world, leaving Dokja the only person who knows how the world ends. Honestly, I have to say that this summary doesn't do the story justice in the slightest. Having read the whole thing, you can see how thoroughly the plot was constructed because the lack of plot holes for a story as complex as this is astounding. It's well paced, albeit lengthy at some parts, but continuously urges you forward without being overly slow. Dokja's understanding of the entire development leads him to make questionable choices which are interestingly both cliche yet unpredictable. Along with riveting, pent up revelations, the suspenseful decisions drive the novel forward. Additionally, the premise and themes surrounding the concepts of past, present, and future were spectacularly done. The novel took elements from fiction, reality, history, and myths and weaved them together seamlessly. There are moments where I was surprised to find myself pondering so hard for what I expected to be a dystopian story, but upon completion, it's almost offensive to call it just a mere fantasy novel. I personally thought the story's full circle was beautiful and the ending beyond satisfactory but that is completely up to preference. Characters: 9.5 Kim Dokja's role as the "protagonist" (a term should be taken with a grain of salt in this novel) is refreshing. He can't be described as a token good or overtly brave, especially not in the beginning; he is simply a quick-witted rat that utilizes his advantages to the fullest. However, the development of his mindset and character is highly thought-provoking. Two other main characters include Yoo Joonghyuk, Ways of Survival's original protagonist who's got understandable trust and anger issues, and Han Sooyoung, a cunning plagiarist whose imagination, objectivity and sharp mouth keep her alive. Personally, I would've loved to see the dynamics and depth of this trio explored further because there's just so much potential. Because they're not exactly friends but nor are they enemies; simply put, they cannot exist without each other. The side characters also play a heavy role in development as well, and I was pleasantly surprised and grateful that the authors chose to give everyone their own backstory; I think this is really important to make sure the reader doesn't forget about any of them because they all play a vital piece. You'll definitely fall in love with the characters (especially our main constellations lol) Characters certainly make a story. As the novel explains, authors don't necessarily create characters but rather give them situations to develop; that distinction is what makes ORV excellent and why I'd give the story aspect more kudos than characters. Still, that's not at all to say the characters are poorly done. I think it's difficult to understand the sheer scale of just how important some characters are till the end of the novel but I suppose that's the exact point. There is no way to describe this without spoiling so I suggest you simply give it a read. Overall: 9.7 Honestly, just props to the authors. The amount of research done just for the history of the constellations with the myths and legends made the story all the more enjoyable. The way the entire novel comes so incredibly full circle was mind-blowing and you just have to appreciate how well-thought out the entire thing is. The writers have so much respect for this story and you can see how it's reflected in turn. I highly urge everyone to please please avoid spoilers at all costs, can't emphasize this enough!! Even after encountering spoilers, the novel still maintains its excitement and thrill because of the "why" element, but I would've loved to experience certain things without being inherently aware. ORV was an amazing journey. It takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and expressions. There's laughter from irony and attitudes, tears from horrifying truths, and thrilling moments of when things finally click. Worth a read. Definitely worth a reread (as suggested by a theme of the novel itself). It's a story that crosses the line between fiction and reality, reader and writer, of being formidable and powerless, and of being omniscient yet unknowing. If you're interested in things like that and willing to spare a little patience for the amount of chapters, I promise, you will not be disappointed.
A very good novel. The premise in unique and interesting, and the characters develope through the novel. Usually when I consume entertainment and the caracters are facing a problem, I find myself coinstantly thinking "Why dont you just do this?", but in this book in ~200 chapters, I only tought that a couple times. Found myself reading it for all my free time like 5 days in a row since finding it. It is extremingly underrated and I could not recommend enough.
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