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Shi Jin once read a book. It was supposed to be about satisfying the desire for vengeance.

The main character, also named Shi Jin, was the sixth son of his harem-novel-protagonist-like father. All was well—while his father was alive. But after his death, Shi Jin’s five elder half-brothers tormented him, eventually leading to his death. The protagonist was reborn, determined to take revenge, and… the novel was discontinued.

That day, Shi Jin almost spat blood and dropped the book into a shredder. The next day, he died in a car accident. Somehow, when he came to, he had transmigrated into a teenager, a youth also called Shi Jin.

There was only one problem. His father had just died. His older brothers were about to torment him…

Shi Jin: Let’s eliminate my brothers’ hatred, my goal is to keep my life!

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Survival Progress Bar
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New 3nlightened2oul rated it
July 14, 2019
Status: c33
This has to gain more attention! The plot is unique and well-paced, as you go further into the story it's fun and exciting as MC pick up the pieces of a puzzle with the cute, funny and shipper system. Not only that the characters has the their own charms and is rounded not bland or flat. MC and ML just blended well with each other, their development isn't like the cliche type, the author fits their chracteristic and plot together and bam! Perfect for each other hahahaha I've been... more>> re-reading this novel for so many times and I just can't get enough of the exhilarating feeling and amusement as well. You won't be disappointed ^_^ <<less
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New NovelisticLife rated it
July 9, 2019
Status: c43
Okay, so I just started this yesterday and I spent all night reading it.

This is phenomenal. I mean, the plot, the characters, the backstories, 5/5 for sure.

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I just wish (this is from where I read up to on the translation), Shi Jin would try to fix his relationship with his brothers instead of giving up. I don't remember which chapter exactly, maybe chapter 38?, but Shi Jin didn't go look for his brothers after they apologized. He only cares about the progress bars and since he was sure they (the brothers) aren't the murderers, he dropped them like a hot potato. ꒰๑•̥﹏•̥๑꒱I really do hope they have a better relationship later on.


But moving onto Lian Jun.... OMG how is Shi Jin that dense!!!?!?!??!!?!?!?!??!??!?!?!? <<less
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Eques rated it
January 5, 2019
Status: Completed
Translator here~

So you read the description and thought, "another typical novel about transmigration and system blah blah blah", yeah? You couldn't be more wrong. I would describe it as a cross between "One Useless Rebirth" (by the same author) for the overall tone and "The Scum Shou's Survival Guide" for the emotional rollercoaster.

Our MC, a former policeman, transmigrated into a world inside a book he read, getting bound to a system and gaining something called "death progress bars" - one belonging to him, another to an unknown person, both almost... more>> filled up. He has to empty them in order to survive. How? By somehow eliminating all things that endanger him. After some twists and turns, he ends up as a member of a "legal" criminal organization. Its boss wants it to wash clean of all dirty business and the MC decides to help him. However, none of those things will be quite as easy as other transmigration novels accustomed us to.

Good points? First of all, both the protagonist and the ML are believable, there's no insta-love, and after they finally got together I could actually see their relationship working out in real life. Secondly, MC's system, aka 'the golden finger', isn't all-knowing and overpowered, but also isn't useless. Thirdly, the secondary characters - they actually exist, are clearly distinguishable, and are quite an important part of the story.

Lastly, the story: it's neither too fast nor too slow and balances between drama, a slice of life, romance, and action. And it does this wonderfully - I finished the novel in two days and was never bored. Even when I thought I knew the way the plot will go, I was often surprised (have I mentioned there are no easy solutions here?)

All in all, give it a try, it's definitely worth it. <<less
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sleepingjay rated it
March 23, 2019
Status: Completed
This was an amazing novel, probably one of the best I've read out there. Plot is well-paced and switches around between MC's task (the death bar) and ML's plot. Plus MC's plot isn't as simple as it seems from the synopsis. I won't spoil it but it's creative. Also just a warning but as the progress bar nears zero I cried almost nonstop. It's not a tragedy and definitely a super cute HE but the author ripped my heart out only to heal it back again.

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ML's plot is actually more action-based/intrigue/politics since he's part of the triad. MC's task tends to be more emotionally involved, especially later on when he gets more invested. The author switches between the two plot lines so I never got bored or tired of the plot.


The relationship between the MC and ML is super cute. Even before they got together, MC was trying to raise ML's health so he's a complete mother hen over him. After they got together they were even cuter. Also unlike a lot of other novels, ML actually respect MC and his wishes.


For example, MC wants to be a policeman even though he's basically part of the triad under ML. ML still helps him to study and apply for a police school. Plus, when the triad had an operation with the government (against another triad) ML tried his best to give MC a mission suitable for him even though he worries.


Both MC and ML have rich character development. Both of them felt very realistic but not in a depressing way. They have their ugly parts but they both work to overcome that and be a better person -- because it's what makes them happier as people too. The progress bar actually involves a lot of character development on MC's part, as he works to clear it.


For ML, it's more subtle but he went from lowkey suicidal and depressed, to determined to live. I saw the other reviews and don't worry, ML doesn't stay cold-hearted for long! He's cold because he's a paranoid triad boss and MC is suspicious AF lol. Eventually I forgot he was even like that once because he's such a warm gentleman.


I saw another review saying that MC's character is unrealistic for a real policeman. I'm not sure if I can refute it, because MC while not actually that naive (he's extra naive around ML because system is really, really trusting of ML) is definitely very optimistic, but I liked that about him. Maybe it can be explained by the fact that he was just a small policeman before and had a pretty stable life.

I also remember him being hilariously stupid at the beginning of the story, which is what the reviewer referred to I think. MC does stop making up embarrassingly stupid excuses once ML accepted his fate of being mother-henned and stopped questioning him. It might be off-putting. I do remember getting 200% secondhand embarrassment from MC.

The brothers also get character development and I loved all of them. The triad members arent as well developed but they're also super sweet once MC gets to know them better and they are very loyal to ML.


Hint: this novel is big on family themes.


The author's writing is humorous too. The beginning is the funniest, but it never lost that humour even until the end. There were even times I would cry a lot and then laugh (and then cry again lol).

This also isn't a face-slapping novel. It's very humor/action in 1st half and in 2nd half it adds a lot of soul-searching in.

I love this novel and I'm so happy to see it translated. MTL is pretty hard when the MC's name is translated to "when/time into/into" lol. Thank you translator! <<less
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charysa rated it
March 4, 2019
Status: Completed
Blitzed through several stories written by this same author, and this one has got to be one of the best among them.

For one thing, the characterization of ML is not a yandere cardboard cutout that gets jealous of any male/female/sentient critter that MC pays attention to. No, this ML is an actual mature person that I can actually visualize as a realistic human being. Someone who I can visualize as being part of a healthy relationship with another person without being squicked out or wearing out my SoD. He's also... more>> one of the few ML's out there that I honestly like as a person in and of himself, a person who is capable and rational, honorable and a hidden idealist... and basically not a character that's just defined by how well he plays the role of MC's boyfriend.

Going back a little more on the topic of Suspension of Disbelief, there's only a few places in this story where it gets stressed out. One is the background setting of "legal" international crime rings, which kinda sorta got explained near the end so I can gloss over it. The other is MC's police background... which... honestly seems to just be there as a plot device, to be trotted out to "explain" certain specific behaviors or reactions... but which doesn't actually mesh well with MC's personality that we see on screen. But overall, that dissonance only very rarely pops up, so most of the time, it could be ignored.

The development of the supporting characters are also something that was very well done by this story. MC's brothers all got a lot of attention by the narrative, and they also all grow as people over the course of the story as they get to really know the new MC and revisit their past choices. ML's inner circle also all got unique characterizations to go with them, such that it's never confusing which person the story is referring to, even when half their name is just a number. In addition, the detail put into digging up the backstory of the previous generation even ended up turning the MC's dead father from a mysterious figure to a fleshed out...... eh, madman. And then there's the enemy gang leaders, the ambitious government liaison, and so forth. They all shine.

Near the end of the story, there's a span of time where it gets very... sad and the tone is oppressive. But worry not for those who dislike tragedies. Because we do get a... bittersweet happy ending at the end. And then another real happy ending in the epilogue chapters. It takes time to get there, and everyone is forced to grow up some in the mean time, but the effort is what makes the final result something to cherish. <<less
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Azalea A. rated it
February 8, 2019
Status: Completed
I don't usually write a review, but this novel give me a ride through such emotional roller-coaster that I feel entitled to share it with others.

When reading the summary honestly I did not expect anything. Just wanna read a book to pass time. However, I did not expect to be so emotionally invested in this book.

The character development is good, the side characters have solid background and everyone have their own story. I really like how MC work hard to achieve HE ... more>>

and make peace with "his" dark history.


All in all, I agree with the notion that this isn't just an ordinary transmigration book. It has amazing plot (and unpredictable plot twits), deep emotional storyline and a satisfying ending.

Worth to read. <<less
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January 29, 2019
Status: c1
I'm used to reading transmigration stories and a lot of it I have seen very common was that they have a lot of face slapping and mainly focused on finishing the task at hand while romancing the ML. The whole story is about making life better with male lead which is fine but for the most part it's just them.

Now this story what makes them unique is that it doesn't focused on the face slapping aspects or supporting characters are just there to pity or help MC. Side characters have... more>> a personality and a background and it collaborates with the story. There is actually very little face slapping and from the beginning of the story there's none.

The story is really good in balancing slice of life, drama, romance and action. The MC and ML doesn't fall in love at the very beginning but slowly getting to know each other they begun to have feelings.

One of the good thing about this story is that the ML doesn't over possessive towards MC. He's possessive but overly a good boyfriend who supported MC and does everything for the good of MC. And he's not spoiling the MC much and the MC also wanted to support the ML which makes them the perfect couple. The story basically makes them a healthy relationship and they supported each others flaws.

My favorite has been MC relationship with his system. Not gonna go into much but they have a funny relationship.

The Ending is a happy ending plus it wraps everything nicely.

I recommend reading this highly. <<less
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softmatcha rated it
May 12, 2019
Status: c33
I don't know how, but Death Progress Bar manages to wildly veer into adrenaline-pumping twists and turns one moment, and then throw a silly exchange that turns your steeled heart into soft cotton. The lightheartedness of the novel, far from being annoying, actually helps this survival mystery/psychological thriller by giving you time to breathe under high tension.

One of the plot twists that makes this a real gem among the countless transmigration novels of its kind is established early on, around ch.20 - when the MC realizes:

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the story he's been transmigrated into was told by an unreliable narrator


Shi Jin reminds me a little bit of Mason in Kill the Lights, for reasons I won't go too deeply into. Because he's someone who's inclined to protect and care for others (he even treats his system with fatherly patience at times, ha), it's entertaining to see his attitude charm others, intentionally or not, into pampering him instead. <<less
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bigdipper rated it
April 20, 2019
Status: c30
Honestly love this novel because it's novel.

The plot may seem simple in the first 5 chapters, but that's because of the good old unreliable narrator effect.

As the story progresses, bits of the puzzle appear and the relationships between characters grow.

It's a solid 5/5 in my books :)
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GoldenTiger0 rated it
February 20, 2019
Status: Completed
Reading the synopsis, you must have felt that the MC would have to deal with his familial problems instantly after being reborn but that's not!! Even I had felt so but decided to look at this novel's spoiler thread and it turned out to be good story. In just some 20 or 30 chapters, ML and MC develop a good relationship. The next 30 or 20 chapters, they start falling in love even though the MC doesn't realised it himself. 😄😄 All the subordinates of ML think when will the... more>> MC open up. Relationships with brothers smooth out soon, each hiding their twisted sides which they sort out soon enough. The original's life history as well as his father's history is found out soon. His father's life is enough to be written as a book itself.


MC is really reborn. He was the original owner whose soul was saved by Xiao Si, then sent into another world and then brought back. MC gets to know so when he was about to deal with the last 20% of his death progress bar. After dealing with it, Xiao Si disappears together with the progress bar.

Later, all of the brothers collectively dream about MC's previous life and they are full of guilt except the fourth brother who only regrets handing him over to his other brother in MC's previous life. They even have brawl in MC and ML's home in which fourth bro wins. Then they get drunk along with ML when MC's sleeping except fourth bro, who helps MC send all of them to bed.

And in the final 2 chapters, Xiao Si is back!! As a small bun (little boy of 2 or 3) !! He uses MC's face 70% and rest very common details. When ML comes back, he sees his subordinates and elders but not MC. Those people had a face as if the sky was falling and MC wasn't there, so ML's first reaction that something happened to MC and he asks them where MC is? They tell him and then say that 'you have to be strong.' which makes ML think that something large or messy happened. He reaches near the door and hears MC's voice comforting someone to eat and ML's face get really dark while thinking of his elder's sentence. You can guess what he thought of... ML enters and get surprised and shocked to see Xiao Si who has a 70% similarity to Shi Jin (MC). Later that night, ML asks Xiao Si to change his face so that he looks like ML also. MC is surprised the next day that Xiao Si's face now has similarity of both of them, as if he was their child... Then, Xiao Si is adopted, brothers are invited who are surprised to see the boy's similarity to their youngest brother and even wonder if he's really adopted. 😄 Xiao Si himself chooses a new name on ML's suggestion to pick something he likes and he says, 'Jin Jun'. So cute... And the brothers reaction regarding to Xiao Si's surname is really worth to read.


But you people mustn't regret not reading this, at least the translated chapters. <<less
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May 30, 2019
Status: c37
There wasn’t a moment of wasting.

Every words knocked my heart and played with it.

I laughed, I cried, and I became solemn and somber at every turn and twists that the character had to dance through delicately in every precarious sharp bends.

I wish I could be able to read it in its original form but I can’t be blessed more than I am.

This story deserves more than a 6 star. It deserves numerous stars.
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AsTheNameDictates rated it
May 22, 2019
Status: c35
Wow, I did not expect that this novel is soooo damn good.

I always drop by this page without actually reading the story because everytime I read the summary it makes me think of a harem type of story (idk y tho) I am bias? against it...

I just hate harem type novels.

Anyway, I am glad that I read this novel. It's amazing and the translator is doing a good job.

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February 19, 2019
Status: Completed
I rarely write reviews unless I think this novel is worth it. This novel was quite emotional for me. Throughout this novel I cried at least two times, some from heartbreaking moments and some from happiness for the characters which rarely happens.

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I cried really hard at the moment when all of them decided to come back to Shi Jin and Lian Jun.


The character development is great, in fact this is probably one of the greatest trait of this novel. Every character have their own personality and background story. This is a novel that heavily focus on forgiving and overcoming hatred. More on the forgiving side than hatred. The hatred of Shi Jin doesn't really comes out until about 3/4 of the way through the novel mainly because of the death progress status. If you read the novel you will understand what I'm saying.

I love the interaction between the Shi Jin and Lian Jun, it's so sweet, they are a lovesick couple. It was not a love at first sight (thank god), how they fell in love was understandable and reasonable. Lian Jun is not a yandere or psycho that gets jealous at everything. He does get jealous like a normal human being but not overly. He is a mafia boss but also a human being who have flaws mainly because of his legs and how he is picky about food and skinny. (Even though he was the seme) He does get better after being cured which doesn't happened until more than 3/4 throughout the story. Basically he just a very good and loving boyfriend. Shi Jin is also not helpless but not overly powerful. He is able to fight off many people and is powerful enough to be able fight against eight people and won without a injury. People like his fourth brother, Gua Two and Gua One that have lots of experience in fighting are able to beat up Shi Jin but not without also getting some injuries themselves. Xiao xi is also very cute and I love the fact he sometimes teases Shi Jin about his relationship with Lian Jun cause himself to get locked up by Shi Jin again.

Finally the most satisfying thing about this novel is that the author didn't bullsh*t the ending. The author was patient and wrote a very good ending that probably most readers can be satisfied with. It was a happy ending. <<less
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ResidentialPsycho rated it
January 19, 2019
Status: c8
So far, this is a very interesting alternate universe/survival/suspense/action/mystery series. The MC watches the progress in the death bars to watch for signs of impending death and uses this information to warm him that something dangerous is about to occur. Even though I'm only eight chapters in, there are plenty of two-faced characters to keep my attention and raise the suspense. I like the hard-working MC, and all of the other characters have their own depth as well. I'm looking forward to how the plot plays out.
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Dipu rated it
March 18, 2019
Status: c27
I really really love this novel.... and I love Shi Jin💖<3.

The MC have a very good personality. He is cute, intelligent, at times serious and gentle.... and funny too.

His interaction with the system is very likable and friendly.... not like other stories where the system is nonexistent, bullied, or annoying.

... more>> Now, ML... the ML is somewhat normal... not like those overly jealous, overly obsessive, overly controlling ML's...

Now I like those jealous and obsessive ML's but after reading so many.... this novel was like a fresh breath of air for me. So the + points for the ML, he is very mature and sensible.

About Shi Jin's (original body's) brothers....I've only met three, and they seems mysterious but I think they are good for now.... so...... I think I'll find out more later.

I love the plot, it is interesting.... like completing a puzzle...

The translation is very clean and clear, so one will have no problem while reading.

Love the translator and their team for the hardwork💖~~~~~<3<3<3

Overall, this is very a good novel, one can give it a try and see themselves. <<less
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Vibird rated it
February 8, 2019
Status: c19
At the time of reading I'm not very far in but it's been a great read so far. No one is overpowered and the plot is very interesting. I can see how the secondary characters will get fleshed out. Hands down the cutest transmigration system yet, it's trying so hard and really cares about the MC. Adorable. MC is a very good boy who isn't weirdly overpowered. Haven't seen much of the ML yet but he seems reasonable, not hyper possessive.
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Maiasia rated it
February 8, 2019
Status: c21
I love the twist in this novel that set it apart from all other transmigration novel. It is not only refreshing, but also thrilling! There can be no system as adorable as Zero Baby from 7 Men but the system in this novel is cute in a naive kind of way. I love the MC. He is quite spunky and the interactions he has with the other characters are quite amusing. This MC is very charismatic. You can feel it through the written words, and the story is truly well... more>> written. Very engaging, thrilling, and leaving one wanting more. The translations are very well done, as it does not make the flow of the story awkward. Instead, I could feel how sassy the author has written the scene. As for the Ml... well, what can I say? So far I don't know the ML well enough to speculate anything too deep, after all it has only been 19 chapters, but I want to say these two are surely meant to be. I highly recommend this novel! READ IT! READ IT! READ IT! Important things must be said three times. <<less
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May 12, 2019
Status: Completed
The story is really funny (I stopped drinking water while reading this after learning my lesson) ! The translations are super smooth, 10/10, and mtl wasn't too bad for chapters not yet translated.

MC is smart and funny (but not a genius) and has a good sense of humor. The characters surrounding MC are also developed pretty well and have solid personalities + backstories. Every chapter is interesting, I felt like there were no fillers in this. Solid story with a solid romance component !!

The 'system' is also very meng meng!
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Kei-Em03 rated it
March 1, 2019
Status: c23
Sooooooo Gooooood !!

(づ ̄ ³ ̄) づ~♥

Translation - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Story - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Characters - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

(So love Shi Jin ~♥)

Progress of the story is at a very good pace. Characters and relationship developments are great. Shijin is so so so so lovable and funny, especially when he's acting like a mother hen 😂. Cute brothers. Love love love. Hoping for more chapters ❤❤❤❤❤
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Readandreview rated it
February 25, 2019
Status: c24
I love it, it’s hilarious, the main character is great, and the side characters are awesome too and well developed a stuff, and most the translation quality is amazing. Thank you!
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Ichiiya13 rated it
February 23, 2019
Status: c23
Okay, okay. We got the system-mission going on, transmiration going on here. But wait! Hold it! Before you click anywhere.

we dont have a MC who's cold hearted, super high IQ or EQ. We just have a MC, who is the "look I just want to live a happy life ok? Huhu why is this happening!? (Comedic) " type of person. As for the ML well, its your typical stone faced guy. *Toss the guy aside*

But what made it so addicting is the chemistry of the system and the MC. System... more>> going "Hoorah! Hoorah! MC I love you!" With imaginary pom poms, shipping ML and MC hard and MC going "shut up and help me ; n ;) ".

Its so fluffy, floofy, so adorably cute I just cant ❤❤ <<less
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rhianirory rated it
February 22, 2019
Status: c79
Another shou with inconsistent intelligence and EQ. He was police before transmigration and has good situational awareness, is decisive, calm and very clever at certain times, but then his IQ and EQ completely shrinks at others. He goes from diligent genius to lazy majong-obsessed slug without warning and his EQ when it comes to the ML is about a 2 out of 100, yet he reads other people very well. The author really shouldn't be trying to write him as an experienced cop AND as a stupid, naive and innocent... more>> shou type character because anyone who knows anything about actual cops knows it doesn't work (they see the worst of human nature on a daily basis). This bouncing back and forth just makes it seem like the MC's got some split personality issues going on and it's irritating.

other than that, the story is interesting and the interactions and characters are all good.
As of chapter 79 I rate this at 3.5. <<less
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