The Dark King

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Disaster outbreaks which ends the civilization we know. Sleeping in the cold storage for three hundred years Dudian wakes up into a new “world”.

The Dark King average rating 4.3/5 - 324 user ratings
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TDK
黑暗王者
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ShinUon
New ShinUon rated it
February 26, 2017
Status: c75
The concept of the story is pretty interesting, but the execution is quite mediocre. It can also be confusing at times as descriptions of events are sometimes messy or glossed over (example: one person was eaten by a creature during a chase scene but we only find that out 10-15 chapters later in what feels like a retcon moment). I'm not sure if this is the author's fault or the translation missing it, as the TLs are also rather poor.

However, what IS clear is that the author is not that... more>> good at pacing and building tension. This became very clear during the MC's first deployment outside, which were filled with "action" moments, where the stakes were high (life and death) and the pacing should have been fast. However, the author frequently wasted more time than necessary describing things that of little importance. And after returning from this first deployment, I continued to notice this flaw of wasting too much time (whether it be dialogue or descriptions) on things that don't advance the story nor serve an important purpose. This is generally a sign of an inexperienced writer. A competent author would know to cut dialogue or descriptions that serves little purpose.

The other issue is the MC's motivations. Even during what should have been high-stakes scenes, I just don't feel the tension or importance. I see two causes behind this: The first is the author's poor use of the novel medium. We don't really experience the story from the MC's perspective but rather the narrator's. While we do understand a bit about how the MC thinks, it's generally because the narration tells us so, not because we experience it through the MC.

The second cause behind this problem is that the MC's goals are simply too far into the future and lofty. And it's never established why the MC should even care. Yes, the MC might just be the only person who can do it, but so what? Why does it matter? From a distant God/Narrator's view in the sky, we obviously see the goal benefits their society. But if it doesn't happen, so what? There's no consequence. So then it boils down to "why does the MC care?" And that's never really established. I think this flaw ties into the earlier point of how the author isn't really writing the story from the MC's perspective. And both are fairly typical signs of an inexperienced writer.

Pro:
+ Interesting premise

Con:
- MC motivations never properly established
- Lack of tension
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porkbuns
New porkbuns rated it
February 26, 2017
Status: c270
Plot: Set in a postapocalyptic dystopian world, our main character Dudian/Dean wakes up 300 years after an all out nuclear war that completely decimates society. Dean emerges from his cryopod as an young, naive, and abnormally intelligent (he literally got into Harvard at 12 years old) child. He comes to discover that humanity now lives inside a walled city ruled by a shady organization, with the guise of an amiable religious organization, that has brain-washed society, hiding the truth of the past of everyone; technology has degraded back to the... more>> days of swords and bows and arrows. Armed with his superior intelligence and knowledge of advanced technology, Dean embarks on his journey to discover the truth of occurred 300 years ago and to eventually revive humanity to its former glory. Follow Dean, as he experiences/encounters friendship, hardships, love, conspiracy, and betrayal, turning from a naive child into...THE DARK KING. *Roll Credits*

Protagonists: Dudian/Dean is a pretty agreeable main character overall. His naivety is a tad bit annoying (however, you have to consider that he's still just a kid, a really abnormally smart kid), but that soon changes somewhere in the 200s chapters after he gets framed and thrown in jail. I feel like he's kind of like Leylin from Warlock of the Magus World, but not as OP (that retarded AI chip is just too OP); since he's not as OP, instead of brute forcing his way through everything, Dudian is forced to use his ingenuity to get through situations (though, he's not always on the winning side).

Other Characters: Most of the other character are pretty meh so far; their characters aren't really flushed out and for the most part they're rarely seen (this might just be the case since it's still early on in the plot, but it's hard to say since the novel is still on-going)

Romance: Practically none existent at this point in the story. At one point, he had something going on with this noble girl, but her father didn't like that and frames him for a ridiculous crime. Being sheltered and naive as she (the noble girl) is, she doesn't believe it when Dudian says he got framed and actually believes that Dudian should be punished (I mean seriously...did she even love him at all?). After all that BS, Dudian ends up dumping her; however, the author keeps mentioning her here and there, which seems like she may still play a relatively prominent part in the story, added on to the fact that she's working on becoming a judge/magistrate.

Translation: The translation is pretty good and the translator shoots the chapters out really fast; usually 3 chapters/day, and sometimes you might get a mass release (it's pretty often actually) of up to like 10 chapters (didn't really count, but it's something around that :P)

Setting: Dark (there's this whole rapey part when he gets thrown in jail, but its goes by pretty fast), post apocalyptic, dystopian society where the rules are pretty slack if you have the money (they literally allow you to bail anyone out of jail, regardless of their crimes, as long as you have the money) where everyone lives inside a wall city. Society has retrograded a bit (horse drawn carriages as transportation, using blades and blunt weapons and bows and arrows as the weapon of choice, etc.) <<less
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TaoTie
TaoTie rated it
December 24, 2016
Status: c6
Read this story! Well written, Descriptive and intriguing. Very, very good. Its just a fledgling translation now but it has amazing potential. Story so far concentrated on buliding characters and world, and thats a good thing, has much more of a rich story feel with more depth than many novels. Characters are complex and engaging. Amazing attention to detail and realistic actions. Excellent world building with well-built and rich environment, the post-apocalytpic setting allows a blend of eras with a historic aristocratic society while allowing the possibility of technology. Eagerly... more>> awaiting more of this story, can't wait to see where it goes. <<less
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Jarrow
Jarrow rated it
January 20, 2017
Status: c90
I had initially rated this series fairly highly, as a good post-apoc modern/future dark fantasy, which is a pretty open field without many examples in that genera. Certain plot holes had made me wonder what the author was setting up, which is both good and bad: it could mean that the author is either setting up and planning plot lines well ahead of time, or he's winging it with an asspull. Both seem to be true, for now.

The recent immersion breaking disappointment seems to indicate that the author is... more>> writing a kick-the-dog variant, with the characters doing whatever is maximally Evil or Stupid to set up how awesome the MC must be to conquer everything. Not my cup of tea, anymore. I'll come back to it in a hundred chapters or so and make a final decision.

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After spending 3 years in a forced, brutal, sometimes-lethal, survivalist training school where the leadership complains about the cost on every appearance, the MC and Co are sent out on their first mission with nothing but a poor-quality knife, zero intel about what they might be facing, little-to-no information on what they should be scavenging and how, and zero combat training. And it's done under 'instructors' that can't care less if the poor suckers survive - and most of them don't. So much for whining about how expensive they are to train. Later, after all the buildup of how deadly the environment is, the MC does everything he could possibly do wrong in that sort of environment, and has no problems. Granted, he later gets a macguffin that eliminates those threats, but he shouldn't have survived that long in the 1st place. Next it's exposed that they aren't told about the most valuable things they can retrieve, and even if they do, they are short-changed by more then an order of magnitude, if not robbed outright. The entire segment is nothing but an author wank for how stupidly evil the entire leadership is, and how wonderful the MC must be to triumph. Blech.

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ninthlite
ninthlite rated it
January 7, 2017
Status: --
The author was being creative when he created the world. He ignored many of the lazy cliches when writing this. We have a post apocalyptic society that lives in a walled off city surrounded by zombies, mutants, and alchemists ( evil scientists). The main character utilizes a data drive filled with the knowledge of mankind before the Apocalypse to his needs. The church which controls this walled city has been shown to have advanced technology themselves while the city lives in a dark ages standards. The main character's current job... more>> is a scavenger, going into dangerous surroundings full of monsters to collect pre-apocolyptic items. While I can't say that we have gotten much plot yet as it has just gotten past the "set up" stage of novels, I eagerly await future updates to see where the plot takes us.

While one downside to me is that the main character is a bit of a Mary sue, so far it has not been an major flaw. There was just one chapter where it talks about the main character (or his sister) getting accepted into harvard at twelve years old which made me cringe.

5/5 I will update in the future <<less
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badass
badass rated it
February 16, 2017
Status: c304
1st of all, as shown above, I give this novel 5 stars and explain why I did so.

2 stars must be given to the effort of a translator and his speed and quality of his releases. 3 chapters a day is a rather quick speed and translator might catch soon with the releases of an author.

1 star is given to the plot. There're no repetitive things like in most Xin Xia we read and it doesn't solely focus on fighting. There're plenty politics, science and alchemy in the... more>> story as MC tries to find clues as to what happened in the past 300 years and bring humanity to it's past glory.

1 star is given for a good development of MC as a character. Initially, MC is a kid and has quite a high IQ but it doesn't mean that he's a mature person and has some childish ideals regarding the world like the fact that government law system can shield the innocent folk and deal with evil ones however after some mishap his attitude gets a massive change.

1 more star is given for the fact that story has it's own creative side and doesn't follow standard scripts. And following MC we try to understand the mysteries of what happened in those 300 years.

The only problem I can see so far is that secondary characters don't have proper development and highlight however as far as I can see the story is at it's initial stages and this problem might be resolved. <<less
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Tellestarle
Tellestarle rated it
January 24, 2017
Status: c312
Sorry TL san! You brought such a great story to us, but I just have to read ahead.

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Let me start by saying that the development of the MCs character is slow in the beginning. Note, he's nine when he woke up 300 years in the future with a society where aristocracy and the church dominate people's lives. Also both his mind and body has not aged so there is no doubt that his thinking will remain in the peaceful era. Don't expect for him to suddenly become a badass. It will happen eventually.

Also note that his starting point is extremely low, even with his superior intellect, basically anything and everything can casually wave and end his little life. Worse we see how much of a behemoth of an enemy(s) he's dealing with, coupled with superior super soldiers that can kill him with a slap. Understanding why people pushed him around easily. The creatures he has to fight are OP AF even for the strongest bastards known in the story thus far.

But fate would have it that he struggles (along with tremendous luck, even though I wouldn't call it good luck :p) and lives through some sh*t, waking him up from his hopeful fantasies and the thoughts of romance, that grinds him into a cold, proud, descisive, calculating, insidious youth shrouded with darkness and mystique.
Imagine that young handsome talented villain that you see in most CN novels that always seems better than the MC in every aspect that everyone can't help but worship even when we know he's totally evil. Thats Dean.

... Thought about it?

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fixerbacta
fixerbacta rated it
January 17, 2017
Status: c301
A well written and quite interesting story with good world building which involves, politics and influences, factions, hunting and exploring. Its a really good union of action (fights , hunting) + inventions + politics. My only but with this novel its that Dean its way too smart for his age (12-13) but at least its compensated with the fact that his true family were genius scientists and his naivety which matches with his age (something he'll pay dearly for).

I can say this story is consistent and keeps getting... more>> better and better at chapter 301 so if you are having doubts about reading it, just go ahead. Definetly one of my favourites with Realease That Witch.

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I particularly liked the romance/breakup with Jenny and the whole prison arc which really shows how the mc grows as a person and in smarts.

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razgallo
razgallo rated it
February 5, 2017
Status: c157
I see this story had potential but it feels more of a fantasy story than post-apocalyptic, the only real reason it is classified as such is because there are zombies... yeah that's it. The magic senses the hunters in the story is more fantasy.

A fair warning there is prison rape, the main character almost got his ass poked, it is also implied that the prison has that activity at least. I know its real activity here on earth but it is a bit distasteful to read when the author tried... more>> to push it in your face so you could feel angry, which is also a bad, he could just give some passing remarks on the subject.

The plot, if you could call it as such, is mediocre. Some scenes and decisions of certain characters are all over the place and it is also predictable. It basically involves identifying who the villains are and what the MC is going to do about them, there is no goal or at least a purpose in what the MC is trying to accomplish "Just get stronger" for what? Maybe to rule this place? Get all women? Try to clean the radiation? Find its source? Just find the villain and kill it, get into trouble then kill the one who wronged him rinse and repeat. It is more like an autobiography.

You see that plot twist? I can see that a mile away Jones, but why did the MC fall for it? Cause he has to as the author would write it. I could not pinpoint why it is so predictable and bad at the same time but maybe because the author tried to introduce some lame romance which made the MC stupid made me irritable to its decisions.

The time skips are also very obvious which is like "3 days later, after 4 weeks, and etc", I mean really? Pointing out the most obvious things, the activity will start x days from now and we read the next sentence "x days later". I understand if it is a vague time passing like years of training or some such.

The other characters are flat mostly because you can entirely see who the damnable villains are and who is an ally.

Overall it is still an interesting read at first, the Prison Arc is just too detailed(Prison Rape-ish) that made me want to stop reading it. <<less
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Dream Seeker
Dream Seeker rated it
January 4, 2017
Status: c25
Usually it's easy to read the plot or see the direction it will go... but this story has me on edge. There are so many questions, and twists that I found myself at the end of current chapters, before I knew it.
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Everman
Everman rated it
January 25, 2017
Status: c35
There is some mild entertainment value, but the writing is lacking and the translation is rough. The author seems to write about whatever they feel like without any regard to a consistent plot. The MC often spends a day doing something and then by the next chapter we may as well forget all about it. There are random time skips when the author gets bored of an idea as well as characters that are introduced, described and never mentioned again. Tough to enjoy.
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UnknownSaint171
UnknownSaint171 rated it
February 16, 2017
Status: c320
Its better then even "Warlock Of Magus World". I really enjoy this read. The MC actions are always questionable so I can't help but be worried about him on every step.. I think this needs a lot of revision and polishing but other then that i don't have any complaints.
I love the Author way of doing things.

We don't understand the MC clear goal yet but all we know is that he must fulfill his Father wish to revive Humanity to Modern Society. I hope he becomes more merciless and... more>> gains more control. In a world gone mad. There needs to be a ruler to crush and oppress to destroy this current world. The Dark King is really necessary.
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I think the MC had no choice but to go on a dark path since the beginning. It makes me really sad because this kind kid had to carry a huge burden. How else can he change people views and bring back old technology? Obviously a brainwash society will try to stop him from bringing change. He needs to be a King who brings fear. He has no choice. In order to bring to the best results. I really think Jenny is the light of his life and he still shows that he cares about her but wants nothing to do with her. I can't blame Jenny but I hope she seriously makes it up to the MC. She has to get angry too. I still feel furious for Jenny betraying the MC but you can't blame her for being brainwashed... I like the fact the MC has loyal friends who have his back. He might had lost his adoptive parents but he was never truly alone after that. He still had a few loyal friends and a old man who saw MC like a son. Only a few have betrayed but MC always one step ahead and is not stupid. Even if they betray him. He will still win.

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Haigi
Haigi rated it
January 9, 2017
Status: c271
Somehow the MC dabbles into each and every power faction mentioned in the book. That pale young boy practically disappears within the first or second arc and he basically uses his high IQ to create/implement easy to manufacture techs from the past modern world.

Because of his intelligence he's portrayed as a calm, analytical and wise beyond his age character and surprisingly, there's that bit of human darkness in his heart despite being a person from past 'peaceful' times unlike the current world it is today.

You get to see his... more>> surface and 'underworld' sides which he juggles to and fro often. Which I really wonder how does he even find the time to do all the things from each faction. -sidenote that timeskips can range from weeks to months to years- <<less
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Rosver
Rosver rated it
February 12, 2017
Status: c205
It has its faults, but a really entertaining enough story and a fast translation pace makes up for a lot.

First, I discuss its faults. Its major fault is in the story's structure. It has various missteps. If you look at it closely (and not even that close), you can find many holes in the plot. At times, it would break your suspension of disbelief and just find yourself taken aback by the lack of logic.

There would be times that it goes to moments that feels really repellent, in various of... more>> ways. Most notably to 'romance' and the prison arc. The romance was making me feel very nauseous and the prison arc has the author lingering too long on an uncomfortable subject. The romance particularly would have made me drop this story if it had lasted any longer.

And there is also the plot's episodic nature. The story have Dean doing various, almost unrelated, stuff. The story would have then doing this, then it would focus on him doing this, then on this, etc.. The arcs are very disjointed and often the arcs doesn't end in a very satisfying manner or be cut off in a very unsatisfying way. Then it would seem to forget these dangling ends as it goes through several other arcs before visiting those dangling mess again. Me, I like the alchemy side of the story, as I love sciences, and Dean's involvement in the Dark Church. As usual, it would vanish like it never existed, before, somehow, the author remembered, that, yeah, Dean is an alchemist of the Dark Church. A chapter or two or three, and it would vanish again. While all this arcs and events are alright and even great, the way they come together makes it feel very fragmented and unsatisfying.

Then there are the characters. Most aren't fleshed out or given any solid personality. At times, they feel like background or accessories instead of actual people. Many characters in the earlier chapters was never even mentioned again later (like Dean's adoptive parents). This is might be because of he fragmented nature of the plot. The characters in one part of the plot just have nothing to do with anything else in the plot and thus mightily forgotten.

Given those: the plot holes, the fractured plot, the flat character, I would have given this story three or even two stars. It has it good points and it provides enough entertainment for you to enjoy; it has its parts of excitement and thrill; but really, even then, the story is overall rather just mediocre for most of the time. A great thrill here and there, but the total reading experience is just average.

But the translation speed make me give it four stars. The translation speed gives you one thing: it lets you control your overall experience and make the most of the story. If you come to a part that you like, then you will not be frustrated waiting for the next part. You can enjoy these parts without disruption. Or without a lot of waiting. You are able to have the full effect of the good parts. If you encounter parts you don't like, you can go through the disappointing parts really quick and leave it behind. You can move on and go to the good parts. Not only that, you will not have to go waiting and receiving disappointing chapters over and over again as those awful parts would go rather fast. Your disappointment would not linger for days. You can even deliberately skip them without having to wait very long (or not at all). Essentially, you cherry pick what you experience by the wide margin the translating pace provided.

The Dark King might not be perfect, but it is able to provide enough entertainment and thrills. The reading experience is further enhanced by the speedy translation. With a little more relaxed standard and looking for easy, undemanding entertainment, The Dark King is a story that you can really enjoy. <<less
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storybookknight
storybookknight rated it
February 3, 2017
Status: c147
A puerile, sophomoric effort with a mildly entertaining premise. First, the bad:

The biggest problem that I have with this story is that apparently, 300 years in the future, the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse are pants-on-head stupid and pointlessly cruel. In addition to having absolutely no clue as to how a 10-year-old actually acts, the author really struggles to come up with realistic adversaries or challenges for the MC:

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Instead, adoptive parents are willing to sell their children, teachers are willing to throw kids into the wilderness, the church lies to everyone to maintain power, the scientists who oppose the church's hypocrisy are willing to indulge in human experimentation, the warriors who defend civilization are happy to use 10-year-olds as bait, noblemen would rather kill a kid then tell their daughter they can't marry that kid...

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The complete lack of any sort of hope or human decency in the setting is *probably* supposed to be juxtaposed against the main character's 'modern enlightenment' and the morals of the current age, but instead it winds up creating an implausible and unrealistic setting. Especially since the MC is some sort of super-10-year-old that is totally cool with murder.

On the other hand, it's no *worse* than, say, most of the YA fiction on the shelves these days, and the implausible plot twists make for enough entertaining scenes that it kept my interest for a while. Unlike most stories with unrealistically competent MCs, the tense moments actually feel tense, where the main character actually has to sweat a little bit to survive (as opposed to other stories on NU where the protagonist just curb-stomps a neverending series of arrogant challengers.)

Overall, if you don't mind turning your brain off for a while, it's a pretty decent read. Just... don't expect a lot of internal consistency. <<less
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acoleman2
acoleman2 rated it
January 20, 2017
Status: c89
This is a surprisingly good novel. Not just as a light novel, but in general. One downside is that the translator makes some grammar mistakes. I believe English is the translators second language. However, it is not so bad as to be unreadable, and it is certainly better than MTL. If the translator gets an editor, my review may improve to 5 stars. Aside from that, the release rate is so fast that I'm actually impressed. Highly recommend that you read this now.... more>> In the past two weeks it has gotten at least two chapters a day, and very often 4 or more chapters.

Basic premise (minor spoilers, but it's first chapter stuff):

Dudian wakes up from a sleep chamber to get his first glimpse of the post-apocalyptic world. Though a civilization has risen, the barbarity of it, compared to what he knows from living in modern civilization, shocks him. Quickly learning he must be strong to survive, Dudian begins his quest to achieve power so that he may in turn change the barbaric society he now lives in. This is his duty. Relying on nothing but his intelligence and knowledge of the pre-apocalyptic world to make a place for himself, watch as Dudian begins to rise. Also zombies and monsters. <<less
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
January 19, 2017
Status: c62
Not sure of the story's direction yet, but full marks on atmospheric writing and world building. The characters are given enough personality to be understood, sort of like guest stars in a episodic TV series: enough scenes and lines to flesh them out for the story's exposition. Nobles are haughty, instructors are tough, friends are young and frightened, older figures are distant and cold etc etc...

It is an action-packed thriller, not a story about the MC having a smooth sailing in his new environment. It's a grim experience as he... more>> steels his mind to adapt to this bleak reality, where people hide their intentions behind a thin veneer of civility.

We're told that the MC had awoken in a post-apocalyptic world. It has the mixture of Fallout, Attack on Titan and zombie movies like Resident Evil or 28 Days Later where the remains of humanity are besieged by mutated monsters and undead, forced to hide in a walled city where technology is scarce and shrouded in mysticism as people began to forget about civilization before the unexplained apocalypse.

The translation is quite good, the sense of excitement and danger comes across well. <<less
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GroseHerrscher
GroseHerrscher rated it
January 7, 2017
Status: c40
A promising Chinese novel with an interesting premise. The plot is quite unique compared to its contemporaries. However, the way it is written, such that dialogues and the flow of the story tend to sound awkward, makes it quite hard to smoothly follow the progression of events.
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Wildzhen
Wildzhen rated it
January 10, 2017
Status: c33
Dark King so far can be considered quite good I will not go too deep into the plot cause right now it sounds like the kind of "Let's explore and survive in this world" kind of plot that you can find in other novel such as Chronicles of Primordial Wars. However, it has some illogical moments imo but I will let the story run more before giving a definite judgement on this aspect. Translation wise the first chapters were the best as it was smoother to read somehow. Nonetheless, the... more>> translation stays extremely readable and the pace at the moment is scary but only time will tell if consistency is a value of the TL. All in all, Good read for now. Intriguing story and world building though it can sometime be hard to understand because of the flow. <<less
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jascoggi
jascoggi rated it
February 12, 2017
Status: c205
I am giving 5 stars for the translator. The rate they have put out translations is excellent.

The story is interesting and very plot driven. It adds many different elements and the combination is original and easy to read.

If you want something new and can lower your standards some this is for you. Far from perfect writing and character development. Plot holes will always exist if you look too close. But if you can chill and ride the roller coaster of ups and downs, it is enjoyable.
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alphaGulp
alphaGulp rated it
February 2, 2017
Status: --
I was also unable to enjoy this story.

One tiny annoyance is the MC's name - it feels like a lame variation on 'dude', like I'm in futuristic world where centuries of devolution have brought us down from 'dude' to 'dudian'...

Anyhow, what was more annoying was how incoherent the story was. I really don't see how the MC turned out so special - he is a fricking regular Joe kid from our world who was put in cryo-sleep for centuries. If anything, he should be in terrible shape after... more>> that ordeal, but instead we find out that he is incomprehensibly better than everyone else in the future.

Why does this weak-minded, weak-bodied kid have the mind of an overly rational adult, suddenly? Yet if he is so smart (as per the author's wishes), why isn't he ever saying or doing strategically intelligent things? Why is it that everyone he is in competition with is so lame? Is the novel hiding the fact that everyone has been so damaged by centuries of pollution that they became half-men?

But WHO CARES about some dumb kid winning over retards, or outclassing these competitors for no good reason at all? It's extremely annoying to me to see some character try to look good when the underlying situation is just wholly LAME.

It just didn't make any sense at all. Rather than reading a story about some kid making it through the post-apocalypse, I had a feeling like I was just reading a wish-fulfillment fantasy with the following parameters: the MC will be the best, everyone will love and admire him, and they will be SO JEALOUS - this is what the author desires to show us, only he actually isn't able to create the circumstances that would let this occur naturally, so instead we have to suffer a very awkward attempt to FORCE IT to happen. <<less
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Rafis
Rafis rated it
January 22, 2017
Status: c91
There are many plot holes, and stupid remarks made in the plot, like for instance stating that a 12 years old is so smart that he went to Harvard before he was frozen, or emphasizing how its normal for a kid to be clear minded in these kind of situation because hes so smart.

However disregarding these flaws in the story line the story progresses really well, the conversations and the interaction between the characters are really interesting. So I am finding myself waiting to read the next chapter... more>> to find out where the story is going. I loved the remarks made by the author foreshadowing how the MC will come to be know as the "Dark King". I guess I was attracted the uniqueness of the story I guess <<less
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