Thrive in Catastrophe


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This story is about a rookie researcher, who was forcefully dragged away from his restful life, compelled into facing various killers and zombies, always having to risk his life at the brink of death, and finally becoming an advanced researcher that is acclaimed by all. And throughout his adventure, he met an alluring(?) killing machine, who he started to have fantasies on after they had an accidental kiss…

Xiao Yan: Did I fall for him? But he’s a man!

Maya: Who knows…. maybe it’s the other way round?

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Flying Jade
New Flying Jade rated it
July 10, 2019
Status: Completed
When I got to the end of this novel, it was like a a breath of fresh air and I was glad to be done with it.

The world background deserves a five-star. It was well thought-out with interesting aspects. I particularly loved the advantage place on cold weapons in an advanced science world setting.

The characters were quite versatile. Each one had a unique wuirk about them, even their acts of madness was specific to them.

The plot was both enticing and frustrating. Sometimes it made sense, while other times it made... more>> no logical sense. I even wondered if the fabled brain-hackers of the novel had given me a brain meltdown.

Character development... It's very much there. The MC grows from an ambitionless student with lots of curiosity to a man with a goal to achieve and merits to his name. The side characters come up roguish and barbaric (especially the special agents) but as the MC gets friendlier with them, they show that they are only harsh/wild to outsiders but really good to their own. Friends to enemies, enemies to friends.

Why 3 stars then?

The actions of the characters, forget the broad overlook and rose-colored glasses, are hard to accept. The MC has all the answers about the ml's feelings from the start, albeit hard to accept because it could in every sense of it kill him, his ignorant actions topple me. Even after they kiss consciously a few times and the ML shows he cares, the MC is still tattling on about the same he-likes-me-he-likes-me-not well past the mid chapters. For an outrageously smart MC, he fails to put things together. It's no excuse of a low EQ when something that is mentioned over and over as general knowledge is overlooked and no one cares to tell him at first.

The smut is rough and hard, involving bone breaking, three days of rest and all that. But after MC gets powered up, why does this still happen?

Plus the part that ached my teeth, the 2nd male lead, forces a kiss on the MC a while after they meet, when the ML hadn't even made a move yet! Not bad? He continues to kiss, touch, push down MC, thec fights back but thenext time the meet all is forgiven and they are like besties again. There was no precedence for their "deep" friendship, I read it over and I couldn't understand why he tolerated the man. If there was even a brief meeting in the past, it would all have become more logical. It sometimes felt like the MC did not know what thetusual friendship boundaries are. Even the cliche kidnap then force down happened, but at the end other readers seemed to think he (the 2nd ml) is just a contradicted good guy. I wondered if I read a different book?

At the end of the novel when thought over how things progressed, I fbeloeve the military head, the scrience academy head were irresponsible. The science head was aware that the traitor was a clone of his dead son but he chose not to pursue the origins believing in him. This led to secrets of researchers being leaked and a lot of them losing their brains, even students were involved, which is how our story started. The military head knew about the traitors but he overlooked them for the science headsh saie, putting feelings before the safety of his subordinates. Special forces agents died but he still failed to keep an eye on those who should normally be the first suspects. In fact the whole house of who the betrayers were at the start should have been clearer to these two. But somehow they get away with it with caring father Halo and a lovey-dovey storyline. The plot conviniently overlooked the number who died when vindicating the "traitors" <<less
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New mochispinky rated it
July 9, 2019
Status: c45
It was interesting at first. But the MC never grows up. Its like he is stuck as rank B researcher.

MC is a guy with supposedly super brain, has access to all kinds of research material, BUT don't understand what ML has been doing with this brain till now. Are you for real?!

The organisation is a joke. A powerful enemy entity is targeting all researches and they badly need MCs brain and guess what these people do? They use him as a "bait" where the precious MC gets to death door... more>> multiple times.

Also, F*** U, Heine and Jane. These two can rot in hell. There is nothing romantic in what they do to the MC.

Majoring dropping out this, cause the story seems like a kite with its string broken. So frustrating. <<less
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Bloodline rated it
August 18, 2017
Status: Completed
A very satisfying read.

Interesting Characters, both main and side Characters.

A well developed world setting and story.

And last but not least many fluffy and not so fluffy moments between the MC and the ML ;)

If the tags interest you I would really recommend giving this novel a try :)
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Kikiji rated it
September 3, 2018
Status: c30
Honestly I can't read this anymore. There's just so much wrong with the story- small things that build up and leave me disgusted. I can't even get into all of the intricacies of it, such as the unhealthy relationship tendencies shown or how incompetant and flawed the humans in this world have become.

What bothers me the most involved Xiao Yan, the MC. First of all, he has stupidly low IQ when it comes to relationships, observing other humans, and discerning their motives. Stupidly low. Like shoujo manga protagonists with air-headed... more>> personalities low. It's actually pretty common to find these kinds of MCs who end up misunderstanding so much that the situation is pulled out for far longer than necessary. Xiao Yan is one of them and his horrible lack of judgement is killing me. The first translator once mentioned that he brought trouble onto himself and that is true in 80% of the situations. Which is even more frustrating considering how intelligent he is supposed to actually be. (That part of him was, admittedly, shown off very well by the author. It's easy to accept that he's a very capable and talented individual. It's not easy to accept how dumb he can be once faced with actual people.)

So I mentioned that he brings trouble onto himself in 80% of the situations. What's the other 20%? Well from my perspective, the author's being a jerk to him, to put it lightly. Everyone seems to be the hardest on him. No matter who's fault it is, people blame him and he suffers for it. And surprisingly? He suffers willingly. The MC doesn't see anything wrong with it. Albeit, he might grumble a bit, but that's the extent of it. This is especially so to the ML, Heine. And wow do I have much to say about him. I honestly can't see the appeal to him but for some reason, cold, abusive, and forceful MLs are the trend. It's like everything's waived as long as he has a pretty face, power, and "love" for the MC. I cannot for the life of me understand why the MC feels attracted to this guy when he treats the MC with disdain (at the very least, it would appear that way to him since Xiao Lan wouldn't know if Heine had feelings for him unless it was shoved in his face by the man himself) and physically harms him. For crying out loud Heine dislocates the MC's shoulder because OTHER people have flirted with him. Ok, so one instance of it was indeed the MC doing the flirting but that's 1 out of 4. And the fact that Heine would punish the MC for having an interest in someone else shows that Heine has no respect for him. Like. Listen. Assaulting your crush because they like someone else, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU AREN'T IN A RELATIONSHIP AND HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW YOU LIKE HIM, isn't how it's done.

(I'll finish writing this when I get the chance.... Basically, when I skimmed the reviews I didn't see any low stars and assumed that no one talked about the blatant flaws in the story. Idk maybe I'm alone in my disatisfaction?) <<less
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lumiere rated it
August 16, 2017
Status: c3
As of now this novel is making me really exited.

The story is about after the apocalypse, when the world has kind of settled down.

The world building is well written for what I can judge with 3 chapters. So even for non-BL reader it should be enjoyable I feel.

The first male protagonist (Xiao Yan) is quite cute in his actions and the second male protagonist (heiner) is a block of ice but very handsome.

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and the third chapter is kind of raising the flag for very very hot... (ahem) moments between our protagonists


The translation is very good too, so thank you translator.

Overall I am waiting impatiently for the other chapters. <<less
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Raven Blues
Silver Raven rated it
July 30, 2018
Status: c71
Just a heads up. Elpis translation is still translating this series, and currently (as I wrote this) has reached ch.36. The chapters after the one on the novel updates is locked. You need to go to the index page (on elpis translation) to see the password.

Also, currently on wattpad, someone has diligently translating this novel too and has reached ch. 71 (as I wrote this). The translation is a bit inferior to elpis translation, but overall the translator has been doing a very great job.

For some reason I can't uploaded... more>> the chapters on my phone browser, so I will just leave the link to the wattpad here :

https://my.w. Tt/jYOJASQuYO

A huge thanks for both of the translator for translating this series. I enjoyed the story very much. :) <<less
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November 9, 2017
Status: Completed
A really well-built world, perhaps a bit cliched but everything flows well, ML & MC are both likeable and have depth, there is significant character growth in MC's part. There's no glaring plot holes (heh) and there's philosophical life concepts to the story beyond just being fluff, very befitting of an apocalypse novel.

Read the first 15 chapters in english, followed by MTL - the author's writing is amazing; and the translations manage to convey that well too.

Like other reviewers... there's a good amount of s*xual tension/flirting, but also a... more>> satisfying amount of s*xual content - not overdone, but there.

MC's growth is one of the best parts of the story. He really transforms himself, and following his journey as he comes to every one of his decisions that leads to his own growth is very satisfying. ML's support is also there, but not overwhelming. <<less
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Lolkika rated it
March 24, 2018
Status: c80
Read the few translations... Then finished the raws online.

The author's writing's amazing!!! Great plot, characters development, amazing supporting characters...

Not the cliche MC suddenly got super power or whatever.... While reading this novel, you be like.... Yeah.... Yeah it could happened.

And the romance was great... It balanced well with the story-line. Not to mention it was realistic... Not the girly uke, always acting cute, and whatnot.
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veihakase rated it
November 7, 2017
Status: c15
This novel is amazing. The plot is progressing quite nicely. The relationship between MC and ML is just freakin adorable and the side characters were also lovely (to the point that I'm wishing they also have their own story). The translation is also easy to understand. PLUS THE ZOMBIES! GAHD ZOMBIE THEMED NOVELS FTW! XD Anyway, the thrill in reading is definitely there. The action is also defined well by the author and the translator so I really recommend this novel to everyone. This one's really good. REALLY GOOD! *^*)... more>> / <<less
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max2payne0 rated it
September 20, 2018
Status: c38
I don't hate forceful MLs. There are so many, it's hard to find a good bl, or even shounen ai, without this trope. There are never any apologies, and the MCs forget that they were ever wronged. I am not okay with that. Still, I would have rated it higher, if I wasn't confused in several occasions. One being how it very much looks like insta-love to me. I don't know if it's just too subtle.

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Heine starts with sending fantasies into Xiao Yan's mind, and this is done deliberately. After Xiao Yan accidentally falls and kisses him, and Heine tries to strangle him to death, and later breaks his shoulder (he used him as a stepping stone to shoot down their enemies, but he should have known it would happen, and there was never an apology.) The guy that comes off as a psycho on the first chapter (Mark) who acts like he wouldn't mind seeing them get eaten, is the one to save him from death in that moment. So somehow, he's addicted to this kid after an accidental kiss he tried to kill him for, that has the MC thinking this guy is out to kill him for several chapters in, before the injuries start to get disregarded or seen as 'tough love' maybe?

And it's only one instance he got injured by the ML.

At some point, while Xiao Yan is at a bar, a woman with the special virus that could make someone addicted to them is sitting next to him, when some other guys start badmouthing a subordinate of Heine. He beats them up. Then, sees MC with the woman, and dislocates his shoulder. Why? He mentioned the names of two people that flirted with the MC, and the one person, who is a normal person, that he's had a crush on for years, but this doesn't sit well with the ML. Supposedly, it's to warn him off so he doesn't get f*cked to death, and the MC just goes along with it. Okay, but I see it as you being jealous.

Then, somewhere along the line, Xiao Yan starts to believe he's fallen for this guy. And while I see the instances where he saves his life, why does that have to be the catalyst for it, when he's supposedly straight, even when the ML still continued to treat him poorly otherwise. In the fantasies, it was forced in the beginning. There was even a scene where he imagined getting done by the ML, and it hurt, and he wanted it to stop. It was only a delusion, but you find later that it was the ML infiltrating his brain, so it's not just his imagination.

Don't get me wrong, Heine and Xiao Yan have their adorable and hot moments, and I love that, but insta-love is either an obsession, or lust, or a crush. And while I don't dislike it, either, show it better, don't go from, 'this guy looks like he wants to kill me' to 'oh, I might like getting kissed by this guy even though I should be straight' even if it's still only a delusion and he thinks it's his imagination.


So anyway, the adorable moments are what saved this for me and kept me reading. Though the characters and background are very different, it made me think of Kill the Lights, which I loved (save a few instances.) <<less
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Pixil rated it
September 2, 2017
Status: c7
A novel set post-zombie apocalypse where human civilization is on the path of rebuilding itself. It is interesting because the MC is not what you'd expect after reading so many zombie novels. While he is smart, he is also very human. He feels fear, and it sometimes causes him to freeze as that is what fear most often does. He's not all that heroic, but he does mourn. I can't really say if this novel will continue being well-liked by me with the 7 chapters currently translated, but as of... more>> now, 5 stars. <<less
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Tachi Works
Tachi Works rated it
February 27, 2019
Status: c39
The story is very well written, and the observation that the MC is intelligent is well supported by his intelligent actions and rationale. It's only the "romance" aspect of this novel that makes me extremely uncomfortable.

It's almost dehumanizing, and doesn't regard basic human rights in the fact that ML clearly coerces the MC with mind control to think about him.

Also the MC seems dense when it comes to the ML despite his high intelligence, but that's due to severe gas-lighting eg;

ML invades MC's mind when MC is sleeping/awake/talking to friends... more>> by giving him vivid s*xual hallucinations and planting suggestion in his mind, leading MC to believe these are his OWN thoughts, despite being abusive to MC in person for apparently no reason. <<less
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June 10, 2018
Status: c33
I'm a big fan of military, yaoi and zombie stories so this perfect. Easy to understand, very nicely and entertaining story. Just a perfect combination.
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alaskame rated it
October 27, 2017
Status: c14
The plot is interesting and I wouldn't be much hesitate to recommend this to my non-bl reader friends.

(Which I already did)

The writer did well with the world creation. The MC is so charming- rational practical and funny.
To be honest, I don't have anything to complain. Really love this novel and keep refreshing hoping for more.
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whiningmarmar rated it
October 27, 2017
Status: Completed
I've read quite a lot of BL novels (mtl-ing mostly) but this is by far is the best!!!

I've seen this novel for quite sometime but did not read it because of ZOMBIES. Yep, I don't like horror/gore or anything close for that matter, but I'm so glad I gave this wonderful novel a try.

There's a good amount of s*xual tension (loads actually, especially in the earlier chapters) and actual s*x (wild ones lol especially in the latter half), and romance.

If I am to compared it with some mainstream works, I... more>> would say that this novel is a mix up of any zombie movie (?), Inception, and Fullmetal Alchemist. If you love those, then you'll love this novel. <<less
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Ritu rated it
September 6, 2017
Status: c8
The plot is amazing. The world building is amazing. It isn't too focused (yet) on the romance. The plot progresses beautifully. It's the kind that even the non BL lovers would read. Very plot driven. I was at the edge of my seat with excitement. The novel doesn't censor. The gruesome parts are explicitly written down. There are deaths, killing and generally badassery.

The main characters are interesting. The MC is kind of down to earth. He is intelligent but is not emotionless. He is logical and human. I... more>> like him. The ML so far is a block of ice but an intelligent and badass block of ice. From the hints, the ice is going to be melting soon and things are going to be very steamy. The side characters are very interesting too.

One of the best plot driven BL novels out there. 101% recommended. No go read it. :) <<less
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TheLadyWhoLikesBoyLove rated it
September 13, 2018
Status: Completed
I don't really know why anyone could hate this. There's no perfect story out there but this one is one the best I ever read. The character's are pretty dimensional. The MC is literally weak at the start but he has the guts, he thinks well and logically. The male lead knows he can't touch thr MC because he might break him so of course all those building up frustrstion would lead him to imahine things considering that the authors says when a that kind of person thinks of you... more>> romantically or s*xually you would be able to experience hallucinations from the surging emotion.

I read the mtl from the last updating chapter since I love thr story. The MC doesn't immediately goes OP. The story is pretty average but I love it. So this one is definitely a 5 star.

  1. I recommend this to all those fujoshis out there! Read this and you won't regret anything.
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vivi99 rated it
December 16, 2018
Status: c86
I have to admit it was difficult for me to read this story at first because of how heavy it (the theme of death) was. I dropped this awhile back and I finally picked it up again yesterday but I'm so glad I did because this novel was simply a gem. In the first half, I couldn't really get into the story because I was so afraid of XY getting hurt and bad things happening but then the author gave him a means of protecting himself

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XY learns to fight and he becomes stronger. Heine trains him (eat tofu) personally ><


That was when I finally put down my uneasiness and read the book properly and it was so good. I literally could not put it down. The fighting scenes are really well written too. Their romance is so intense I think I forgot how to breath sometimes.

The plot and world building is amazing. Plot twists here and there too made the story really interesting.

#waiting for a drama adaptation

#waiting for manhua adaptation <<less
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kiraluvst rated it
August 4, 2018
Status: Completed

Just finished the final chapter and couldn't wait any longer to write my review lol

I read from Elpis translation then MTL-ed till the end cuz I was not patient enough haha..

... more>> The characters are intriguing, especially MC and ML (duh), but the other characters also play their roles very well and everyone has his/her own story that we can't just deny, that makes us understand his/her point of view and the decisions taken along the story.

The author really has an impressive skill in building the story, the characters' development and relationship. The pace is almost perfect, you'll never get bored. The suspense and the romance are at just the right dose.

What amazes me the most is how the ML puts such high confidence in the MC's potential abilities. He patiently led the MC from a lazy, half-assed researcher into a responsible genius that could not only protect himself but also save the world.

Try a few chapters and let the MC surprise you ;) <<less
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ghost_kun rated it
April 15, 2018
Status: c31
Good story, great build-up, amazing translations! LOTS of UST with dense MC lol. ML is the typical ice block, but if you read behind the lines, he's actually pretty caring and sweet. ;DD While I say dense MC, that's misleading because he's actually genius-level smart without all the scheming and ambition involved, and also not dead-weight in front of zombies. YAS all around!
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ResidentialPsycho rated it
December 5, 2017
Status: c19
This is an exciting, action-filled sci-fi series. If you don't like BL, then you can just skip those moments. The cast members make quite a funny combination, and the MC has excellent character growth. He is smart but lazy. He isn't strong, but his ability to remain calm and take courageous action begins to really set him apart. The action and gore are very well-done.

I almost didn't read the series when I realized there was no fantasy to freshen-up a zombie survival story, but I am glad I tried it... more>> out. The unique cast and weapons are definitely entertaining.

The biggest weakness I have seen so far is a lack of detail to the weaponry and other sci-fi elements. There are some minor holes in logic. Another reviewer mentioned their lack of communication with the base. Another question is how little bits of technology work since some minor details don't make sense, but this could also be fixed by just adding more description to things. The MC can easily calculate the rate of things, such as air in a container or how long it will take a fluid to fill up a container. However, observing dimensions of things in real life and knowing the rate of flow through mere observation instead of a written textbook question is really difficulty. He must be able to visually measure speed and dimensions of things very accurately to get the variables for his calculations. To make it practical in real life requires a high level of skill. It would make more sense if he used lenses or something like that to measure the variables for the equations, but nothing of the sort has been mentioned.

Even so, it's a pretty entertaining series. <<less
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The netral one
The netral one rated it
May 29, 2019
Status: Completed
This is good and satisfying novel to read. Not hard to understand like medium range's plot, not that heavy, aaand the most important (for me) NO hard name to remember 😁. If you like powerful ML, zombie, fantasy, devoted ML, relatable MC (slow, sleep is lifeu etc. But the MC is smart tho) and 2nd lead syndrom (i mean Jean baby, you can come to me. Lol) this one will be your tasty tea. But if not, you can skeep this novel. Or if you tired with that Xia Xia... more>> with their King's lover plot or cultivation genre this one Will be good as well. I mean its light!!

Like this friends. I mean, yeah. You come here from reading that 4, 6 or 4, 7 rating novel, and start reading this novel because the rating was not bad, but please don't expect all novel is as good as your cup of tea storyline. If you don't like it skeep!! Don't give the 1 or 2 start like that, like... Come on.... Everyone has their story, everyone has their own interprétation but don't you think for person who not read it yet and searching for review is a bit too much? And for the translator too?.

Its new story line !! Not continuation from your fav novel! Not every author make the powerful MC date Powerful ML. MOVE ON GURL <<less
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