The World After the Fall


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One day, a tower appeared in the skies of all the major cities…
Humans were suddenly summoned to become “Walkers”, and they needed to clear the tower to save the world.

Floor 77:

The “Stone of Regression” was discovered. Walkers could now “return” to the past. Slowly… everyone left.

Humanity’s last hope, “Carpe Diem”, was formed, joined by people who refused to abandon the world.

The last Walker reached floor 100. He no longer knew what to believe.

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The World after the End
العالم بعد النهاية
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keklel rated it
September 2, 2017
Status: c28
The premise sounds intriguing at first sight, but falls apart once you stop to think about it for a second.

This entire novel is unoriginal, consists entirely of cliches, makes no sense, and is pretty much just a power trip from what little story I can make out of it.

All the characters exist only to make the MC look good. The female characters are there to fawn over the MC and the male characters are there to be slapped by the MC. Those are their only reasons for existing. The frost... more>> dragon (or whatever its name was) ? Just there to be defeated to show off how strong the MC is. Beastrain? There to show how amazing the MC is - a player in a game can defeat the game admin somehow. It actually would surprise me if anyone read through those first few chapters and thought it made any sense. Bunch of nameless thugs gang up to r*pe a sexy lady AND steal the MC's items at the same time so the MC can have an excuse to stop them (of course it's not to make the MC look good, not at all) - that's the MC's first encounter with other characters when the MC goes up to the new world - and it pretty much follows that same formula for the rest of the story.

The master blacksmith is another example of a character designed solely to make the MC look awesome. A master blacksmith has been blacksmithing for like 150 years. The MC (who has no knowledge of blacksmithing) goes up and demands he makes a sheath out of a monster's horn. The blacksmith tries but fails because his ability is not OP enough. The MC uses his ability [Doubt] and fights a monster (LOL) and gets the sheath made somehow. This is supposed to show that the MC is more awesome than a 150 year old master blacksmith. In fact it just goes to show what a s*upid and artificial world the author has constructed where skill and experience count for nothing and the only thing that matters is how OP your ability is. The entire episode was completely pointless (the MC and the blacksmith learned nothing other than "the MC ability is more OP than the blacksmith's ability") and just goes to show how poorly written the story is.

Mino is a classic damsel in distress whose raison d'etre is to be saved by the MC (and always just as she's stripped naked and about to get r*ped, no less). That is her one and only purpose in this entire novel. This has happened twice now and makes up the entirety of the fights in the novel after the MC arrives in the new world. The lines describing her internal thoughts are actually puke-inducing. I'll quote a few here:

With only a shaky view in front of her, Mino couldn't help but think.

Was there such a thing as salvation in this world?

A world where dog like bastards ran rampant. No matter how many good people there were, this world would continue to be a hell as long as those dog-like bastards reigned above. Both humans defined by Mino and Jae Hwan would be trampled underfoot by these evildoers.


Mino's imagination made her slightly envious.

But in fact, she already knew. Such a future was no longer available to her.

She would never be able to meet Jae Hwan ever again.


She wanted to say that it was to be expected.

She wanted to say that she knew it was going to turn out like this.

She wanted to say that she hated how things had turned out like this, but at the same time, she lost all strength in her legs.

Someone caught her. Rough, but warm hands. Like a stone, but sturdy. Mino lifted her head and saw his face.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Dropped. <<less
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Mahesvara_ rated it
January 8, 2020
Status: Completed
[c110 review]

Sadness. This novel is the epitome of sadness. Jaehwan.. I can feel his sorrow, I witnessed his hardships, I witnessed how noble he is, his selflessness and greatness. He is the Savior, the Master, the King and the God.

Tbh I really love anti-heroes' and villain protagonists and I dislike heroes so much, I mean they sucks and they all say cringy things such as protect and save this/that BUT reading this, damn I can't help but to be full of praise for the MC, this is one... more>> and only novel where I genuinely liked a hero character.


[c247 review / complete]

Uh what can I say? SPLENDID! The ending is kinda SAD, but it's perfect.

I read the top review (who just read mere 28 chaps). It's so inaccurate and I just think I had to say something.

Female characters fawn over Mc? -I don't recall a single thing about this.

All male characters getting faceslapped by the Mc? -where did this came from? WTF?

Beastlain defeated by the mc? Admin? -it's actually explained later on the story and beastlain is a mere 3rd adapter and MC is called awakener. MC is awakened by stabbing continuously.

Thugs gangr*pe a sexy lady? -nope. Nothing like this happened.

MC has no knowledge about blacksmith? -nope. He is taught by blacksmith in the tower, plus MC succeed not because of 'skill', but because he is 'stronger'. Horribly failed to comprehend the scenario geez.

Mino is always about to get r*ped?? And that's her purpose in entire novel?? -where did this made up story came from omg and 'entire novel'? This guy just read 28 chaps lol

Ps: Mino is INSIGNIFICANT character in the novel unless you only read 28 chapters :)


All in all, this novel is for readers who is confident with their comprehension and understanding as this novel had some unique and mystifying power concept. This novel might be confusing for some 'special' people like.. Yea :)


This story might bore the readers on early chapters but as I read I feel like I'm hungry to read more. 28 chapters? 50 chapters? It's barely enough for readers to understand the story with that chapters! The story gets good and thrilling as you read on, the novel used a hell lot of metaphors and had a mysterious power concept.

Story : 4.8/5

World Building : 4.4/5

Characters : 4.5/5

Concept : 4.5/5

  • Some chapters had incomplete sentences from other sites. I reccomend reading this on boxnov ~
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RikkSilirion rated it
August 1, 2017
Status: c33
I know this sounds weird, but this novel really is something different. The book carries a weight with it as you read it, I've never read anything before that could depict loneliness how this novel does. The main character is very human, he isn't an emotionless robot, and he isn't someone who complains a bunch. He has gone through alot, but he has to keep going on because that's all he can do. This is in my top 3 novels I've read on this site so far.

edit: kekel just... more>> has something wrong with the story for some reason. READ the story, you'll understand the reasons why characters did things, and how it isn't as 2D as kekel likes to believe it is. <<less
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PoshMafia rated it
July 10, 2017
Status: --
Plays on common tropes in really popular Korean novels like reincarnation, king of the battlefield and so on.

Worth the read for sure. Although the translation pace will probably be spotty at best. So I would recommend reading then setting aside until there are 40 50 chapters to binge read.
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selweron rated it
August 1, 2017
Status: c15
This confirms that a little creativity on common tropes or reusing them in a different way can become a foundation for a great novel. Totally didn't expect this piece of work would have a story so appealing already at the beginning, I was hooked up right after prologue :) It's somehow different than other already translated KR novels (in a good way).
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jlkc rated it
July 23, 2017
Status: c9
Wow! What the hell is with the quality of this novel? It's miles ahead of everything else on this website. The amount of thought and planning put into this novel makes all the other novels feel half-assed. It reminds me of Terror Infinity before it turned to crap. If you're wondering if you should read this, stop wondering and just read the first three chapters. You'll know if you should continue after that.

I'm really looking forward to more chapters.
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Rafis rated it
June 10, 2018
Status: c55
I was actually surprised at how this novel is always building up to the same plot since the beginning. Now I am very curious to where the author is taking this novel. Good thing I did not take the other reviews into consideration. Did these people read the same novel? "Annoying woman whose sole purpose is just to exclaim at how amazing the MC" Which woman are we talking about, where in this novel did this ever happen? The whole premise with the blacksmith is the fundamental plot of... more>> the novel.
All the players are following the boundary of the system that is set by the world that is why they don't improve, even when they spend hundred of years practicing and trying to improve. The MC in comparison abandoned the system altogether becoming "awakened". He does not have access to any of the game system skills, stats, inventory ect. He instead sees to world as is, by setting his own rules. He is not the strongest character in the world, but he might be in the land of the dead <<chaos>> the current premise, were there are no/very few awakened people. I am not saying its plot hole proof but its not as bad as the other reviews make it seem at least so far, its actually pretty good. <<less
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henrywolf123 rated it
August 16, 2017
Status: --
For those of you looking at this review you have probably read some of the stereotypical game element loner Korean novels and are expecting something like that. While that's not exactly wrong the world after the fall has done something that no other similar book I have encountered has done. It has truly made me feel the sorrow of the character, I don't have words to describe it properly.

If you have read and enjoyed similar novels... read this, you will not be disappointed.

if you are already depressed/ looking for something... more>> happy, skip this for now. <<less
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KaPi rated it
March 23, 2020
Status: Completed
I hated the ending
I loved the ending

I have no words to describe the beauty of this novel.

When I first read it, I thought it was pretty good, around 4 stars, and I loved the personality and character development. The story itself was really funny and there were quite a few things that left me in anticipation. Typical level up story with an OP, yet not too OP MC.

I love how he was cold, yet never gave up hope. He endured everything: All the loneliness, sadness, hate, regret, anger.

But all of that, everything that happened, didn't hold a candle to the ending.

It definitely wasn't that "everyone is happy and the world is saved" ending, but instead, had a more realistic point of view. In the end, perhaps, everyone was content, but every word was like needles stabbing into my heart.

What can I say? As expected of the author who wrote [Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint]! They never cease to impress me with these tragically beautiful masterpieces. It really opens your eyes to a whole new world and changes the way you look at everything. In a sense, I guess it makes one more mature?

It was so painful to know that the plot characters still held on to hope, but how they'd end up dying because of old age without seeing the MC ever again, as he had returned to Earth. No one from the higher world, except a few people remembered the existence of the MC, yet everyone is living in happiness because of the MC. You'd have to read the story to understand this feeling, and although I have so many emotions I want to vent out, I know one thing for sure. I have and will never regret reading this story.


"With faint longing and severe loneliness, she created the tower. It wasn't a tower for [Cultivation]. It was a tower that allowed no [Cultivation]. It had no use, but that's why it was unique."

"She felt relieved and closed her eyes.

It was a rest that she could take because she knew this wasn't over.

And in the bright light, she dreamed for a long time.

In that dream, she thought that she should rest well and regain her energy.

Because when she woke up, a new world would be waiting for her."

- Chapter 247, Ouroboros (Epilogue), POV of one of MC's last friends


On another note, I kinda wish this one was as gay *cough* I mean, as bromantic as [Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint], but oh well~

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OrderedChaos rated it
August 21, 2017
Status: --
Ah f**k yes, finally found another diamond. When you guys read novels in this site, most of the time you find it interesting and read the next chapter. You go on, and on until you're probably 20% in, then you notice and turn your brain on and find that the novel seems kinda dull, lost even or just plain dumb at the first chapter. I'd call this the momentum of interest. Due to the fact that the novel has piqued your interest, you are driven to find out where the... more>> novel will go. When I just started reading webnovels, this is basically what I would do. Turn brain off and end up going into a rabbit hole that seemed deep, but in reality is not really that deep. Due to the consequences of experiences like that, I can usually notice how deep the rabbit hole is (or accidentally reading spoilers in reviews, srsly stahp guys). So nowadays, I look at reviews or translator taste and quality and ratings (hit or miss). Also, I keep my brain on unless im really bored. Anyways, away with my contextual rambling and on with the review.

It may be a bit early to call it but, with what has been written and shown so far, I can see that this author is considerably skilled and I would say that this story may turn out to be a really good one. It has tons of potential. At first, it may look like one of those litrpg/game novel clones running rampant right now, and you're definitely right. It is but there's a difference. That is, the way it is written. Im no professional critic but I would say that the way the story is written and how it is executed is so good that it blows everything (that we have in the genre rn) right out of the water. When reading other stories I can feel slightly disengaged because of the way they are written. It can be dull, apathetic, out of place, convenient and all the other mistakes most web authors make. Its like they turned their brains off. Yet, when I read this, I can see how deep, deliberate and well thought the first few chapters are. You can get a grasp of the various character's personality/traits WITHOUT having it being spelt out and written in your face. Even if it was written down, I feel that the author wouldnt make it feel out of place. As a bonus, the characters feel alive, established (although its still the start and may change, its great to see side chars thinking). The world being built is making me get the hansel and gretel feel of picking up crumbs (minus the witch ofc). It isnt overwhelmingly detailed so that it suffocates you but its there, as the background, the setting the readers/MC are trying to find out. It enhances the story. I feel that I am saying too much and its too early to see where it will go, so I'll end it here. It just goes to show how great I felt seeing something like this just blow my mind.


Tons of potential and high quality (as of right now). Better than everything else imo. <<less
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SleepLover rated it
July 23, 2017
Status: c9
Although there is only 9 chapters released I feel that this novel has a lot of potential. There is also this elements which is common in korean novels which is game elements. And game elements is one of my favorite elements. The plot seems a little complex. The characters and companions he had seem to have a good attitude and there may be villains but it would be disappointing if the protagonist has it too easy. So overall I think this novel would be great.
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xtruthxliex rated it
July 31, 2017
Status: --
Story (Overall) :

It's enticing. The MC is really unique, in my opinion, and he doesn't pertain to the norm at all.

I guess you could say his personality is so "OP" that it's almost Gary Stu-ish, considering that Gary Stus are strong, confident, brave, never-backing down kind of trait, etc.

... more>> BUT this MC... Is kind of aloof, cold (the kind that makes you think he has mental issues, but given his circumstances, it's a given), he's strong, but doesn't really realize that HE IS STRONG. It's funny, kind of...

The plot goes very slowly, thank god for time skips. It's not the type of slow where nothing happens and everything is useless situation. It's the type of slow that makes you think, baby steps. The type that makes you have a better understanding along with the MC, so that you grow along side him and know what is going on. At the same time, you will not know everything, which then decreases the chance of making you lose interest from guessing the outcome and being correct.

I have high hopes for this MC. The plot is okay, there are a few confusing things, but not so much that it overwhelms you.

Romance (Possible) :

I hate harems, so hopefully he doesn't have one. If he does, I hope they're like the only female fully introduced to us, unique, has strength, "weakness, " and beauty. I much rather not have any romance at all though.


If you're looking for something that goes into depth about every fight, this novel is not it. It's a pretty-not basic, but-down to earth. It skips all the boring same old, same old and jumps into the "prequel" of the exciting stuff. It gives a nice summarize of the fight. (Ex: Stabby, Stab, Cut, Thrust, Yayyyy!) It's a more talk. less fighting-explanations.

Notes: I recommend you read this if you like to read. Other than that, read it.

Notes2: The prologue is pretty intense for a prologue, be prepared. Lol. <<less
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Chance rated it
August 28, 2017
Status: Completed
Really a unique novel. It is worth reading. 5/5 for now

Had to come back and make some updates after the story getting dropped and reading keklel's response.

There's reading and then there is reading and not understanding.

... more>> 1) How did the MC beat the administrator? Well the big insight that the MC gained was to see things as they actually are. Illusions inside of illusions used to maintain other illusions. The MC understood this while the administrator did not. Matter of fact, most everyone dont not understand this fact.

2) The female character was working as an assassin, trying to look weak so she could kill her target. She actively put the MC into difficult position's and did not follow the MC fawning, think she tried to get him killed once as well.

3) The blacksmith? He couldn't see the world as it was and despite his hard work, he was limited by a self imposed glass ceiling. The MC showed him how to see the world as it truly is and to exceed the arbitrary limitations put on him.

4) and everyone the MC is around right now have already died at least once. Not exactly the elite.

If you read max level noob, everyone else are players that rely on the system and have yet to exceed it. In this story, the MC doesn't have access to the system, no inventory, nada.


This story is excellent... even if someway depressing. He also makes an appearance in the novel with constellations and a regressor... where the reader joins a web novel he's been reading.

Rewrite in progress, waiting to see if someone will translate. <<less
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blankedout rated it
July 28, 2019
Status: c237
First off, this is, most likely, the best novel I will ever read. I am fully caught up to the latest chapters and will stay caught up. If you're thinking about reading this, do it. If you don't like the first couple chapters, keep reading.

The characters aside from Jaehwan aren't super fleshed out as it's not a multiple POV story, but definitely have their own quirks and personality. Jaehwan himself is the epitome of loneliness - it stalks him like a predator does with prey. It always comes down to... more>> loneliness. Full romance didn't have a place in this novel and I'm glad for it. It for sure got insanely better as the novel went on, and the last 40-50 chapters have been completely and absolutely nuts.

You will evaluate your life, and then reevaluate it, and then reevaluate it again with this novel. Be ready for that.

Be ready to reexamine what holds value in your life. If you did it for 100 years? What about a million? A billion?

This novel follows a man trying to keep his sanity, loneliness, and power as he eventually crosses even theory itself. <<less
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Tokugawa rated it
December 10, 2017
Status: c22
A pretty dry story... In short, it's the boring little cousin of "The Tutorial is Too Hard".


- The MC is almighty from the beginning. No strange abilities/cheats, but simple strength (he defeats all his enemies with a single punch... Well, actually with a single "thrust").

... more>> - I like the (supposedly) fierce but kind female companion.


- Expressionless and introverted MC. He speaks one line (or less) for every 4-5 lines of the side characters. Maybe the author wants him to look "cool", but he's just boring.

- The MC does not care about the side characters. Do not expect love, friendship or rivalry, he is only interested in his journey. And to be honest, I do not care about that journey.

- Why is the protagonist SO powerful? (so much that he is above any measure) And why are others so weak? (at the beginning it is said that those who climb the Tower successfully are very strong, but later there are a lot of weak humans... How did they get there?). Do not expect a logical explanation. <<less
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LOLCraze rated it
October 11, 2019
Status: c247
Pretty underrated novel. This isn't just a typical popcorn novel about an OP MC with a game system being OP in another world. It is actually pretty unique in that the author was trying to convey how, like in the novel, everyone is being trapped in a "system" and the loneliness of those who do not want to follow/wants to escape from the system.

From a storyline standpoint, it is a decent novel I would have probably given it a 3.5 or 4 stars. But man, the overarching philosophical ideas really... more>> blew me away. It is one of those rare novels that makes u think. You will not regret reading this novel. <<less
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greyhud90 rated it
January 14, 2018
Status: c30
Kinda interesting first but got so boring so fast.

Its just like every other grindy kr novels where everything is like a game.

Side characters are NPC's.

A Single player game where he wows the computer generated people with machinized scripts and player only says a few things like a single player game.
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fir537 rated it
December 12, 2017
Status: c49
In short, this is a good novel. Translation is still incomplete so I cant really truly claim it to be great or bad, but it is at the very least good.

MC is one who forsakes the world, yet at the same time accepts it. He doubts everything, yet believe in the truth that he can see. Sounds weird. Simply, MC is OP because he desire to be such. Unlike others who gave up or 'died' along the climb within the tower, he continues on, believing he can clear it all... more>> if he just believe he can. In a way he bear resemblence to Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) of SAO from the first 6 books (up to end of GGO, 7/8 doesnt count since they are filler, Alice Kirito is a different Kirito). Unyielding faith that he can do anything if he did his best. Except unlike Kirito who is more cheerful on the outside, MC is somewhat dead inside-out. Not literally but in a sense.


He cleared the tower alone, after everyone else either 'died' or gave up. Got told everything is just a tutorial game, decides to kill the guy who said that and did it. He went on and transformed into an awakened, due to him continuously using thrusts attacks, he somewhat mastered it. Neverending doubt towards the world, or rather the tower itself, he managed to comprehend the truth within the world. He ends up seeing the world as what it would be like if Apocalypse strikes, calling it the World after the Fall. Chose to use the soul connection the tower manager uses as a guide toward the Great Lands. Due to him not being in his physical form (everyone in the tutorial tower is in their soul form) he cant reach GL (only those with physical form can) and lands on Chaos, where the dead from GL lives. He considers those who gave up on the world to no longer be a human, as he kept on holding on to the world itself, or rather the truth of the world. Good thing he can swap views from seeing the Fall to seeing the lies otherwise he will probably go crazy.

Thus, he became super OP guy who is the only one alive (albeit not physically, his actual body might be braindead or something similar) since he hasnt died yet, who can see lies whenever he doubts something, see truths whenever he comprehends something and overall not die as easily as a common people living in Chaos.


So far within the already translated parts there is no clear hints of a harem. He had a lover once within the tower, but she 'died'. He met a girl, and then she went off the screen. <<less
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Lundynne rated it
August 26, 2017
Status: c23
I made an account just for this novel. I've been using this site for a while now, but I've never been so impressed with a story that I felt inclined to leave a review. That is no longer the case.

This story has the potential of being an absolute masterpiece. If you enjoy post-apocalypse novels, then you will enjoy this ... more>>

(Even though it's technically not post-apocalypse)

The tone is bleak, the world is harsh, and the characters are cold-hearted. Even so, the main character is extremely relatable, especially as you're exposed to what he's been through, and can understand why his personality is the way it is.

Give this novel a try: it's worth it. <<less
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Overclock rated it
April 8, 2018
Status: c55
A very great novel. Has some things seen before, yet it written in a way to draw you in chapter by chapter and has some original ideal. Not only does it take place after the death game, but has a protagonist who doesn't want the restart. That alone makes this novel stand out.
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