Only I Level Up (Novel)

Alt titles: Na Honjaman Level-Up (Novel), Solo Leveling (Novel)

Vol: 14; Ch: 270
2016 - 2018
4.679 out of 5 from 2,615 votes
Rank #33
Only I Level Up (Novel)

In this world where Hunters with various magical powers battle monsters from invading the defenceless humanity, Sung Jin-Woo was the weakest of all the Hunters, barely able to make a living. However, a mysterious System grants him the power of the ‘Player’, setting him on a course for an incredible and often times perilous Journey. Follow Sung Jin-Woo as he embarks on an adventure to become an unparalleled existence through his “Level-Up” system - the only one in the entire world!

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Solo Leveling was an amazing read, filled with laughs, tears, and lots of high stakes suspense. The concept is simple and easy to grasp, but its made compelling through its frim and well-explained rules on the world and its interesting characters. The story contains a lot of surprises actually, quite a few plot twists rest within this seemingly normal web novel, so be prepared to always be on your toes.  The story itself focuses on the life of Jin-Woo and his struggles at being on the bottom of Hunter society, barely making enough money to pay for his mom's medical bills and his younger sister's schooling. Jin-Woo, however, gets an amazing opportunity when he discovers the "system", a holographic screen full of stats and quests only he can see. The System urges him to become stronger, giving him missions and objectives to complete so that he can raise his rank and become the most powerful hunter not only in South Korea but in the whole world. The story follows his struggles, from his long "grinding" dungeon crawls to become stronger, to his social life that he's trying to stitch back together, while also trying to keep the world at large in the dark about his new powers. The best part about Solo Leveling though has to hands down be the interesting powers the main character gets, the fight scenes that come from them, and the side characters who only get a few lines of characterization but you love them so much (and I'll stop here before I spoil anything.) By no means is Solo Leveling a "quick read" but it is a worthy one. If you are a fan of video games, fantasy, and/or action-heavy combat scenes you will love Solo Leveling.   You can read the novel here at webnovel: or through the fan site: 


The novel is a nice read, not really funny and relationships between characters seems a little forced. I can't rate this novel more that 4/5 stars and the fourth star is only because i completed the novel. The novel was good when it started for me even with some noticeable issues and some rushed development, I was still fine with it but the ending was what deducted stars from my book. Spoiler below, read at your own risk a lot of life's were lost and a lot of citys destroyed but they human won only because of our MC . MC isn't happy with the ending that to many lifes were lost and choose to reverse time and go and fight with the other Monarchs alone, with no ideal if he would win or not. We know that the longer the battle drags on the stronger he becomes, it still takes him 27 years to finish the war and return to earth. Now my problem with the end is that it made every body fight loss meaning. Our MC can only handle the shadow Monarch powers because of the training he put himself through, meaning that the others with the rulers power in them could get almost as strong as our MC before he completely became a Monarch since he too will be able to handle the rulers power and this in turn could mean that others with powers can get stronger too, even after reversing time other creatures are still coming to earth (author explained that it's because of our MC powers) remember Monarchs still came to earth even without having any magic on earth. Our MC going back in time throws away everything humans have work. If I may remind humans grow stronger by our experienced, humans would have mourned, grown, rebuilt. Humans would have training to make sure this doesn't happen again no matter how weak we are, one of humans strongest Instinct is to survive. The author disregarded a lot of things but what I hated the most was that the author disregarded humans and the little power they fought to get just because they didn't get cheats like MC who is petty much no longer human. The world revolved around MC and because of that, it never showed how amazing humans can be especially when cornered I ranted a bit but this is my honest view and after saying everything I feel like this novel deserves  3/5 stars

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