The First Order


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This is a brand new story.

Survive the darkness, see the light

There is no right or wrong, it just depends on which side you are standing on.

To be a god, or to be a man.

To be good, or to be evil.

Just what is…the highest order of weapon that humanity has?


After a great catastrophe struck, the world was set back many years and humanity started living in anarchy.

With time, society started building up again and people were now living in walled strongholds and fringe towns across the land.

Humans have also become distrustful and ruthless in an unforgiving society where the strong survive and the weak are eliminated.

Growing up in such an era, Ren Xiaosu had to fend for himself.

After an incident, he gained supernatural powers…

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New kkgoh rated it
May 23, 2020
Status: c50
Another low-brow humor novel from Speaking Pork Trotter. It's the same System-Trolling genre that's been popular the last couple of years but faded really quickly.

Picked it up since I saw the high ratings on Qidian, but struggled to read both the CN raws and translated portions. Seems catered entirely for grade-school kids (i.e. Shounen) with really low-level puns and boring slapstick jokes that aren't funny.

Am with @LoneDK. The story suffers from terrible pacing and is pretty boring, nothing really happens in the first 50 chapters. Since the jokes can't even... more>> carry the story, I kept dropping it every 10-15 chapters, revisited it again a few months later, before I finally gave up.

MC is full of contradictions. He starts out as a ruthless youth before the System forces him in the first 10 chapters to become a straight-man/deadpan comedian who pointlessly trolls people, which is just pretty retarded. Author likely realized none of the audience cared for edgy protagonists anymore and thus made the pivot.
MC's immediate companions are useless and uninteresting too. Just damsels-in-distress that exist for MC to help them out.

Unless you're a huge fan of other middle-school, low-level comedy like "Cultivation Chat Group", "Spare Me Great Lord", it's hard to get interested in this. The "mature" rating is entirely inaccurate, since any allusions to prostitution, violence, poverty are completely simplified. Since MC isn't particularly educated, his trolling behavior is basically along the level of "Your-Momma" jokes. <<less
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New Sir R. Hellbringer rated it
May 22, 2020
Status: c982
This novel was great, I definitely recommend this, it gets so much better in the later chapters. It is one of the most popular in China and there is a reason behind that. Also, this has one of the greatest character development I've ever seen (read and watched quite a bit of stuff), it's not the junk food type web novel.


I never cried so much for a news reporter

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pjrc8899 rated it
November 16, 2019
Status: c45
Sometimes hilarious novel with a wretched, cynical and even some times delusional MC from the author of 'Spare Me, Great Lord!' (SMGL).

Some pros:

  • The rhythm is not too slow.
  • Despite all the ludicrous situations (normal in comedy) there seems to be some good plot waiting and possibly a sound world building.
  • The secondary characters have distinct personalities. Although it is too soon to see if they will develop, the author made a reasonable job at it in SMGL.
Many parallels can be made between this story and SMGL. The biggest one is putting... more>> the same guy in two opposite situations. In SMGL he had to get the bad feelings from people, in this one he has to do good actions.

I will give this story a temporary 5. Let us wait and hope that we have a gem here.

Edit: Paywaaaal already? I am a little frustrated and tempted to deduce one or two stars for it, but it doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the story : ( <<less
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BillionJellyfish rated it
December 25, 2019
Status: c92
This is a super fascinating post-apocalyptic novel!


After the "end of civilization", mankind reverts back to the primitive lifestyle of hunting and farming with a select few living in luxury. Organizations, paramilitaries, and private troops have taken over the world and created "strongholds" against evolving animals and plants. People have begun to materialize supernatural abilities and organizations have started their human experiments on ability users and search for experimental labs from before the apocalypse.

... more>> MC:

A 17 year-old refugee living in the outer town of a stronghold with his younger brother. After a hunt gone wrong and chased by a pack of wolfs, the MC faints to wake up with a supernatural ability. The ability is like a system that issues tasks allowing the MC to physically grow stronger and magically acquire new skills. As a refugee, the MC is ruthless and rational, a master at wilderness survival.

Younger Bro:

A 14 year-old refugee that lives with his older brother, the MC. The lil bro has a special ability of luck. Whatever wish the lil bro makes comes true at the cost of a side effect. For ex. Wishing for a better hunt for the MC may result in a fever. The bigger the wish, the more severe the side effect will be.


The story essentially revolves around the MC's journey to the outside world, exploring the wilderness and gaining more knowledge on the organizations that control the world. Currently the MC is on a solo adventure with occasional companions that only work together for mutual benefits. As the MC receives benefits from his ability/system, the MC also begins to unravel the truth behind ability users, evolution, and the cause of the "apocalypse". I'm really enjoying this novel right now and wish more chapters were out! <<less
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Hikicarl rated it
November 17, 2019
Status: c471
The novel is one of the best... good mixture of tragedy and comedy.

You might get pissed on some certain parts but please bear with it as it has an acceptable reason for it to happen at least for the chapters I've read.

The system is not the main plot as it mostly focus on philosophy.

I strongly recommend for this novel to be read. The mtl is mostly readable so please try it if you're impatient like me.
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AmethystCherry rated it
March 28, 2020
Status: c196
This novel is so enjoyable to read.


The characters all have their personalities and the way they all behave is mostly very logically reasonable. Our MC isn't what you'd expect from what most Chinese novels portray their MC to be like, here he's

  • Smart
  • Cautious
  • Confident
  • Wary
  • Humble
  • Very funny
  • And handsome!! (。ŏ﹏ŏ)
His little cute brother is a fresh take on all the novels that all only use little sisters or literal useless damsels in distress that only bring misfortune. Here his brother is very important, because to the MC he's number 1 top priority even before... more>> himself. The brother tried his best to be helpful to his brother the MC in turn.

Side characters all have their eccentricities and funny moments. The story is serious but it could also make you laugh out of a sudden at times you wouldn't expect, it doesn't come off as obnoxious at all.

Female lead is okay. She can handle herself and isn't entitled.


Before reading this novel know that there a few things that may tick people off, well people like me. Those things are:

  • Sexism
  • Male expendability
the assigned roles of s*x object to women and violence-object to males is extremely pronounced here. Women are always the pitiable, delicate, caring, right and better at household stuff.

While males (excluding the sidekicks of MC) are mostly violent, underhanded, cowards, rapists if they want to survive the same as women.


  • Woman trying to survive steals the scarf of a man who's freezing and trying to survive, well so what she need it?
  • Man trying to survive steals the scarf of a woman who's freezing and trying to survive.. BOOM! How dare he do such a despicable thing! Isn't he a coward taking the scarf of a delicate woman? Scum of earth, let's beat him up.
Of course I don't support the action but it's an example for you to understand. Something like this sort of happened.

Whenever there's someone to be saved it is a woman in distress, always to where I last reached in chapters.

Basically whatever a woman does here for survival is more inclined to be forgiven and get pity for than a man.

Now on to the MC, all his amazing qualities above (except for handsome!) goes down the drain when he's with the female lead. They are strangers at first ofc but throughout from the moment he saw her he's always been careless with her unlike how his personality should be. It felt really forced that it distorted his personality. Anyways it's a crush I understand. I don't like romance that much anyways so I may be biased.

Do I recommend this? Yes 100%! Read it you'll like it, most probably. So far no harem at all (we're saved) which is good for some and bad for some. <<less
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08phamann rated it
February 19, 2020
Status: c876
I love this novel. If anyone wanted to machine translate this I would say go ahead because it's actually surprisingly very MTL friendly.

Comedy is great. I love how MC is reliable but at some moments he is just a dope.

Female lead is also great, although she hasn't gotten much development yet she is more than a 2D character there to serve as fan service or just to make MC look manly.

Plot progression is interesting and not too nonsensical.

Wound definitely recommend this novel.
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LoneDK rated it
May 17, 2020
Status: c80
It started out decent but at some point it just boring. There's a part of the story where the MC has to get from point A to point B but the story leading up to that point just felt so bland and uninteresting. I literally tuned out the story as I read it. It doesn't do anything to hold my attention.
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Bassel rated it
April 20, 2020
Status: c297
This is one of those gems that don't see the top of ranking lists. A nigh-masterpiece that I hope gets the attention it deserves.

Characters actually get some development and it isn't your typical Xianxia MC that always shows up in the different genres of Chinese fiction. The comedy is intentionally shallow but solid, and the drama hits hard when it wants to. Human connection is one of the great boons of this story as it is what makes our characters matter, and they do, hell they do.

I don't have much... more>> time to write a longer review, but I absolutely recommend it, and if you feel its start is slow, just give it some time.

The author talking about his inspirations for the novel and its characters. <<less
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fireutsie rated it
April 4, 2020
Status: c1009
I've read the raws and can say that the novel is good. This novel has a bit of everything, survival, basebuilding, militairy, (solo) assasination, adventuring, comedy, highschool romcom, romance, system, being a doctor ect. And while it might seem to go all over the place, it's great. We follow the MC on his wonderful adventure.

The story in itself is enjoyable, from worldbuilding to character background and progression. Schemes that are running in the background are also much deeper than what appears at first glance. There are also many chapters... more>> dedicated to the side cast and other things happening in the background. Mysteries also get unraveled overtime and makes you anticipate what is going to happen next.

It's a post-apocalyptic novel where the MC just tries to survive. It's the circumstances that push him to do things, not the other way around. Which really give you a feeling of helplessness. You can't save everyone, you can only try your best to protect the ones you care about, even innocent people will have to suffer if you want to protect your own people. In this novel, don't expect things to always go along the wishes of the MC. Yes, he is powerful, but he also isn't omnipotent like mc's in other novels and therefore he will lose. This is the harsh reality of a post apocalyptic novel. It's also what makes the novel great. <<less
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March 3, 2020
Status: c1
I don't recommend.

After catching up, I have no desire to start reading anything new. This just might be my last webnovel. I currently read mtl'ed new chapters daily, and am waiting for actual translated chapters to pile up a bit, to read those aswell. Am looking forward to the details I missed on the first read through..

So to say, it is too good of a read. Now I cant garner interest to read anything else. I give a mountain of respect to author. Additionally, the personal notes he includes make... more>> me like him very much. Frankly, I did not expect such a gem. It basically tops any webnovel I have read before. The depth, characters, humor, underlying meanings, emotions, portrayal of humanity, etc etc etc. Cant find anything to criticize or dislike...

So, I genuinelly cant recommend the novel to you. If you ever want to read another one, without being disappointed. The bar has been raised sky high. <<less
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Darkzeta rated it
November 25, 2019
Status: c40
Good. Hilarious Apocalypse Romp with a System.

Read if you like humor.

Read if you like a straight up a VERY literal System.

Read if you like action.

Read if you think MC should be DEADLY funny serious.

Read if you like the apocalypse and wonder if humanity can really survive if everyone is so serious. "Why so serious?"

I chuckled more than I swore in anger with this series. Give it a read, you may too.
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boredwayfarer rated it
May 15, 2020
Status: c44
It's above average, can be quite funny, but definitely not amazing
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selweron rated it
April 29, 2020
Status: c328
Dark Moon Era should learn from this novel. I'd even go as far as to say that it is a cheap clone of The First Order. In between action we get tons of jokes and good humour.

Nowadays we get a lot of post-apocalyptic and apocalyptic (modern) novels that often come with systems: most are mediocre (like Master of the End Times), but this one and World's Best Martial Artist are among the best of the best.

Overall a read worth your time. You should not even debate on whether to read... more>> it or not - you won't regret no matter whether you like good comedy, good action, drama or touching scenes. Keep in mind that the author takes some things from his previous novel which I just realised (e.g. In this novel there's also a girl named Lu Xiayou, while Spare Me, Great Lord! Appears in a library).

Good side of the novel:

  • no petty or one-dimensional characters
  • balanced world, no cheats; superpowers stem from human evolution and are only beginning to make their appearance
  • good humour in a serious, post-nuclear war setting (it is used smartly to get out of certain situations by various characters)
  • no artifically created or bland mysteries
  • unique superpowers
  • MC isn't swayed by any random beauties (there are not a lot anyway)
  • MC tries to control his fate
  • MC is not a psycho: if there's a dangerous threat he will do anything eliminate it, but otherwise he's rather kind for these harsh times
  • there's no such thing as white and dark, hero and villain; everyone is gray
  • MC is often a third party in the grand scale of things because his goal is so far survival and his impact is somewhat insignificant, but it changes
  • MC knows how to repay favours and doesn't abandon or forget people who showed goodwill
  • fights between refugees, soldiers, superhumans, nature on micro and macro level
  • likeable, fleshed out characters (that are not dropped or forgotten by the author after MC gets way over their league)
  • lively conversations
  • amazing growth and development of side characters
  • plot diversity; MC doesn't only fight or schemes, his power somewhat makes him dabble in other fields (e.g. Medicine, teaching, bombs, games, firearms, farming, researching)
  • we discover the world along with MC
  • the developing romance is soo cute and I love it
  • no plot armor (well, Xianxiu has a humour one but that's spoiler xd)
Bad side of the novel:

  • most strongholds are super weak and fragile, to the point that any random Tom, d*ck or Harry with decent offensive force can f*ck up the defenses
  • women get slightly better treatment than men (although it's not really that noticeable or an issue since author gives reasonable explanations as to why)
  • side characters re-appear too quickly, MC meets them every arc (this makes some scenarios a little predictable, and also decreases the amount of new side characters)
I will check out the author's other novel because he got me hooked on this one. <<less
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aoerax rated it
January 7, 2020
Status: c100
Great humor, great logic, great character and world development. Overall one of the best apocalyptic stories I've ever read and especially well written Webnovel
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