I adore the author's perspective of the world. The author has a really understated ability to write deep feelings without being cliched confessions or cheesy actions. The novel really made me feel deeply about the connection between the main characters; like they crossed gender boundaries, with the humor almost a mask for the true feelings underneath. It made the characters come alive.
One teeeensy gripe is the author frequently forgets whether the MC is suppose to be smart. The MC goes from being super self-confident that he graduated from the top 3 universities to not being able to do the math (or physics?) questions that his middle school kid is asking about (I'm sure it was for humor, but... *sigh*).
(I've never seen a CN with a female MC with high intelligence after they become "moms"... their kids are always 100% smarter than them but never as smart as the husband. *sigh*)
The lies pile on top of each other and drag on, and while I think the author used this point to show us how the emperor views the MC so differently from other people, it definitely got frustrating after awhile.
Though the later part, that's pretty much what happens...
Though it was really hypocritical of the author to write that the emperor thought "men and women equal" and then have the world setting be that only male concubines were allowed to hold titles/participate in court. In traditional history, frequently, no matter how powerful a concubine/empress/empress dowager is, it's against the rules for them to participate or influence court politics (they can only influence harem politics). It can be said that even if there was a male concubine, it should still be against the rules to take an official position and influence the court. But with the author's twist in the setting, we have an obvious bias that men are better than women and the MC is given an official title/salary etc. Furthermore, when the emperor sees how useful the MC's future knowledge is during war, he thinks to himself that the MC didn't deserve to be locked up in the harem. So does that mean all those hundreds of women in history who were intelligent and capable "deserved" to be locked up in the harem? Coming from the same emperor who apparently thought "men and women were equal" this kind of clueless hypocrisy from the author got a bit annoying.
The hilarious econ pun at the end killed me.
Don't worry, there is NO physical abuse when the MC and ML finally get together "in real life." (Even when the ML felt betrayed etc.)
The repetitious moments weren't that frequent for me. Each arc definitely has its unique point and though some points are similar (the MC must die when he leaves the worlds, so there are limitations on how he can wash clean his scum-ness), but every plot still retained some freshness (and made me shed tears anew). I really liked the mech world!
Also holy crap, definitely shipped some 888 at the end there... >__> #888ComeBackPlease# #888TheBestSystem# #888NeedsHisOwnLoveStory#
The final reveal story/romance is very touching and not as predictable as I thought. I do wish we got a bit more about each world the MC passed through or experienced them more in-depth. I think that would have made the sacrifices and feelings even more impactful, but in the end, this is a fairly short book compared to other Quick Transmigration stories.
I would give it a 5/5 except that there weren't any moments that actually made me super emotional (not necessarily a bad thing!). The climax at the end lacked suspense for me because the ML is so OP, I knew he was going to solve the case and successfully execute the rescue.
After watching the drama, I heard there's a book 2 (seems to hint at Allen?). I'm eager to see what happens next.
I like that the MC separated from the ML eventually in order to figure out her own feelings clearly and not be another Stockholm syndrome type character. I dislike how abundantly OP the ML was. I think the author could have used the chance of the ML being in an unfamiliar place to inject some humor or give him some understandable flaws/foibles. Unfortunately, perfect!ML is perfect at everything and figures out how to drift a car just by watching people on TV.
There is very little in terms of redeemable side-characters. Pretty much every 'protagonist' that the MC beats in every world were secretly evil. While the novel's premise revolves around revenge, it would have been nice to see the formula changed up a bit; or at least the main antagonists changed up a bit.