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Publisher's Summary

You are no one. Level zero. Empty of mind and memory. Even your past has been stripped from your brain by the inscrutable System.

A long, difficult road lies between you and remembering any part of who you are. A road punctuated with one death after another. You are too puny to survive by might alone. Information is the single resource that might keep you alive, but the brainless “digis” have none of it. Only those with experience can give you what you need, but most care nothing about you or your plight. In fact, some make it their mission to kill you.

So die you will, again and again, your life counter clicking lower and lower. Even the creators do not know what happens when your counter reaches zero, but many are sure that your last life here is just that. No more respawns.

You are not the first player in the world of STYX, and you will not be the last. You can only hope luck will be on your side. The luckiest players are those who find a vulnerability in the System. Those they call cheaters.

Perhaps cheating is the only way to win.

Enjoy your game.

©2018 Arthur Stone (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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Garbage

Let’s be clear this book isn’t for adults. If you listen to the plot line you know that it’s not for an adult at all. I have listened to a lot of Lit RPG books and this is one for children, because the MC Rock, Rocky or Cheater or whatever name he wants to go by gets fixated on the first woman he sees. He had other people who tried to help him, but only the woman is the one is the one he locks on to and he apparently doesn’t take a hint and knows when to stop. Apparently sexual harassment isn’t a thing in this world because, even after she said no, so many time Rock seems to think sex is more important than his life, because he endangers himself learning about the world to try to have sex with her. Yeah not for me at all. Save those credits people and pick something else.

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good book with a some problems

I struggled with enjoying the Mc at the beginning of the book he changes slowly but at the end is still someone I'm not sure i want to succeed. i hope this changes when he remembers who he is.

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Glad I didn't refund it!

The MC was just someone I couldn't stand and the author almost lost me as a customer. I hung in there and the story and characters got better and I'm waiting on book 2 to hopefully clarify some things. It's a good book and the litrpg is interesting. it's worth a credit but hey I like litrpg.

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MC is an idiot and mistreats women

I thought the premise of the book was interesting. The MC keeps makes poor decision after poor decision. His treatment of the female character he meets is terrible. I had to quit as I wanted him to die painfully, over and over. I doubt I will try other books by this author as this book was so distasteful.

I recommend giving this one a hard pass.

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Excellent

I went in blind on this one. I assumed from the title that this was a litrpg and was correct. While not a traditional it does have game mechanics in a modern like setting. I didn't know what to expect but what I got was better than I imagined. This story had great character development and interesting world building. Be advised it has some darker tones to it. But I am very interested to see what book two brings to the table.

Edit: Revisited the book after a while and my opinion has completely changed. While I like the later installments, this book is bad. It starts of fairly interesting, but the main character act like a prechooler with the mouth of an adult. He just says everything on his mind and most of it is horrible when it comes to one character.

That being said you could probably skip this book :/

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Characters are unlikable

I like the litrpg genre, but this one just makes me uncomfortable. The main characters are both extremely unlikable. Main male lead is a misogynist and the main female lead is just rude to personify that this new world is harsh and unforgiving. The constant friction between the two just devolve the premise to childish insults and vapid banter.

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Not worth a credit

The way the author describes women is absolutely appalling—and based on the reviews I’m now reading, it gets worse. Add to it that the MC is as dumb as his name implies and it’s clear that this book is not worth the time or money.

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Dumbest MC, even worst world building

barely anything is explained, nothing in the world makes sense, the MC is dumb as a rock and every decision he makes seems random, he just falls for the first girl he meets for no reason even and insists on it even when she clearly isn't interested, full of unnecessary innuendos. just bad overall, feels like it was written by a kindergarten AI on shrooms

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This LiRPG is hard to classify but good

This book is interesting. The main character wakes and immediately finds he doesn't remember anything. The world immediately goes wonky. It immediately gets bad for him.
The MC doesn't even know his name, and finds himself in a world that loads in. Then must find his way.
This story is about his journey and him trying not to die before he learns.

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Surprisingly Good

This was way better than I thought it was given that it was free.

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  • Louise
  • 05-16-22

The sexism ruins it.

I thought it was a decent enough story, until Kitty was introduced. I stoped reading after the author creepily described in great detail, vicariously through the mc, his dream women. Then proceed to describe Kitty as having unfortunate features and how she was not his type, but how he still thought she was cute.

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  • Anthony
  • 05-08-22

I'm not a fan

The story is very mediocre, the characters are very little sense and the constant bickering is annoying. I like the idea about enemy types but the leveling up systems makes no sense. the guy is killing things 37 levels higher but only goes up by one level. so many things in this book make no sense.

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  • Aaron
  • 05-02-22

Nope. To simple

Other than being bigoted (Gay is an insult), there is to much emphasis put on telling you how they have reacted to what they have done.
Worse is that it is overly simplified.
Coupled with aiming to an American audience with slang terms and mannerisms that would suit a fist happy Jock not some one with the power to think.

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  • Ronald
  • 05-20-22

Good fun

It was totally unexpected for me
Very enjoyable I've got to listen to more but you will get no spoilers from me!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-26-22

Cheese but good

So Respawn: Lives 1-5 by #ArthurStone. The lowliest noob of noobs ends up in a world where the infected dead hunt down human flesh. A nice & fresh take on the #litrpg genre even with the very cheesy 🧀 romance ❤ plot. 📚 4/5⭐ #BookReview
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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-29-20

Unique take on the zombie apocalypse and litrpgs

This book takes the best bits of the zombie apocalypse ,the series Lost and litrpg trope and plops it into world of its very own.

However I do have one complaint with this book. Despite being a very well written, better than most you will find on audible, the MC says and thinks things a 13 year old would find embarrassing. To the point it almost put me off the book. So I am happy I kept going as from second book onwards he improves vastly.

This is my first review on this site as I really hope to see more from this series. The Respawn books is one the few audiobooks I listen to more than once and has become a instant preorder for me.

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  • kirk granger
  • 05-19-22

well worth the credit

loved it for the most part slight blah at times but over.all a great read will read all other in series 👍

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  • Emir
  • 12-31-21

Wouldnt recommend

Honestly, the story and dialogue is very long and stupid and the MC personality makes you cringe. Allot of better stories to put your money and time towards.

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  • Jasen
  • 03-01-21

was entertaining

Had some very bad writing and many scenes of stupid dialogue, but still managed to entertain.