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Shari is a med student, months away from being a doctor. Mace is a coder on his first day of an exciting new job. When the world comes to a sudden and horrifying end, none would have expected them to be among the few survivors. 

Hyper-aggressive undead zombie creatures hunt anything living on the surface, where even the grass and trees can kill you. Hiding underground is safe, but not much of a life. Their only escape is a virtual world of magic and monsters where Shari can use her healing skills, and Mace can focus on something other than his fears. 

But Shari is a light elf, and Mace is a drow. Their people are ancient enemies, and neither would be welcome in the other's world. Still they strive to come together in the game, while they scavenge for food and fight to stay alive in the real world. 

The odds are against them, and their food will eventually run out. Is their best hope for survival to find a way to upload themselves to the game permanently?

©2018 Dave Willmarth (P)2018 Dave Willmarth

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I’m pretty stingy with my 5 star reviews...

And while I’m not sure that this is technically the best LitRPG book I’ve listened to on audible, I can say that I’m experiencing the same feeling I had after listening to The Land for the first time...

...I am feeling bereft that the book has ended, and I’m seconds away from going on Patreon to donate money to this author to get the next book recorded already!

I will breathlessly await the sequel to this book. For those of you out there like me who just can’t trust a highly reviewed LitRPG book on Audible to be well-written, or even edited, this is one where the positive reviews can be believed. It’s definitely made the list of LitRPG series that I comb the “coming soon” list for.

Tops on that list are: Chaos Seeds, The Gam3, The Dark Herbalist, The System Apocalypse, and the first five books of Alterworld, plus a whole bunch of other series that only have one or two books in them so far.

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  • Dustin M.
  • 2289 W 5900 S Roy Utah 84067
  • 08-21-18

is good

finally a litrpg that doesn't devolve into harem trash as well as containing a great plot involving things outside the game.

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surprisingly great

I haven't been this excited about a new litrpg in along time. This book is very different than almost every book I have read before it, the way they focus on the real world makes you care about their game characters and their real lives. I will be watching and waiting for the next one to come out.

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  • Ben
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  • 09-01-18

Fantastic LitRPG! Can’t wait for book 2

Excellently paced book with interesting real world and virtual world storying. Definitely left me eager for more! I’m going to go read Willmarth’s other work now.

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A good book, and a great listen.

*disclaimer I know both the author and the voice actors on FB.

Ok, with the disclaimer out of the way, on to the book. This book is in the LitRPG genre. If your not familiar with the genre, just think of it as a Science Fiction/Fantasy book where the characters gain power, and that power is expressed as a numerical value. For instance when a character gets stronger, the book will explicitly say "(generic character name)'s strength has gone up by 10 points"! This is something that is familiar to anyone who has ever played RPG's(Roll Playing Games), or video games. It basically just adds a bit of geek factor to the book, and can otherwise be ignored if you are not into that kind of thing.

I'll start with the bad because once you get past that, it's a very enjoyable listen. The biggest hurdle to the book is the main premise, that virtually every living creature has been infected with a viral particle, which turns them into voracious zombie like creatures, effectively destroying society as we know it just one atom of the contaminated particle, could kill you. The co-protagonists Mace, and Shari, are among the last survivors. The problem that I have with the premise is the virus particle as described would just flat out kill everything. Even plants are affected(though exactly how isn't well described). The good news is that the author, Dave Willmarth, can fix this in future books, by fleshing out exactly how the viral particle infects living creatures, and just why certain living creatures are affected and some are not. The bunny comes to mind, as well as some immature trees they pick up at a box store. This is the major problem with the book and the reason the story is only 3 stars instead of 4.

On the Audio performance end, the bad is pretty specific and it basically only applies to the first 2 chapters. The narration and voice performances, come across as being a bit "forced", and wooden. It at times feels like you are just being read a bunch of sentences, rather than being told a story. The good news is that this is specific to the first 2 chapters only, and the Soundbooth Theater team hits their stride by the 3rd chapter, and it becomes immersive and enjoyable. This is the reason that it only received a 4 instead of a 5.

Onto the Good... The world is actually 2 worlds, the physical world, and the world of an online RPG game, where Mace and Shari have created characters. If you start with the premise that the world isn't quite as deadly as our heroes think, it is well written, and could be a book in it's own right. The character interactions are well done, suffering only from the fact that there are basically only 2 characters to interact with. It's the online world where Wilmarth's writing starts to shine. The online world is basically what you would find in any fantasy book, and would be a stand alone work of a high caliper.

On the Audio end of the spectrum, once you get past the first 2 chapters it is nothing short of excellent. It almost seems like the actors just needed a bit of time to settle into their characters and narration. By the end of the book the performances are seamless, and you get to that golden point of any audio book where you forget that you are listening, and instead you are just experiencing.

I will defiantly be purchasing further books in this series, as everything that bothered me about it has either been fixed(performances), or will be fixed(too deadly world) in the next installment.

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Addicted

When I finished this audio/book I was very sad to find that there wasn't a second book already. This combines two of my favorite genres in a weird way that works great. Litrpg + post apocalypse + a dash of romance = new favorite series. I'm chomping at the bit for your next release in this series Mr Willmarth. Great job. I guess I should start reading your other series while I wait ^_^

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  • Jim
  • central indiana
  • 08-31-18

zombie apocalypse litrpg what's not to like.

well written, very enjoyable listen. I highly recommend this book. you can't go wrong with a litrpg story taking place in a zombie apocalypse world.

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Wow

I’ve listened to a lot of both zombie and Litrpg genre books and if you’re reading this I’m guessing you have too. This book right here is actually something new in this well worn field. Highly recommend.

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Not worth the effort

The voice acting was great, and I really liked the concept for the whole end of the world thing. However, there were several glaring plot holes that were hard to me to suspend my disbelief for. I am confident that if the main charaters found themselves in an apocalyptic scenario, like or unlike the one they are in, they would not survive.
Also one chapter is out of place. That is probably a problem on aubilbe's end though, and will likely be fixed.

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Interesting take on the litrpg.

The story kept my attention through out the book. One major error of editing. A couple of chapters where switch out of order in the last hour and a half. Made the story confusing. The reasoning for playing a VR game while real monsters roamed the street was sound enough that it didn't take away from the book, which I was concerned about.

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  • Daniel Sigley
  • 09-19-18

Another great production from Soundbooth theater!

I'd never thought pairing an apocalypse with game lit would work but it did brilliantly and I loved the multiple narrators. The story was engaging and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.