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Publisher's Summary

I was in my garage when the space elves addressed the whole world. 

They didn't call themselves space elves, of course. Most humans struggled to pronounce Khjurhnalva, so we opted for the easier version. They had a message for us: Forces that had eradicated their species' males were now heading for Earth. 

Hungry for our resources, the alien hordes annihilate everything that stands in their way. The space elves offered us access to the System and asked for very little in return. After all, cooperation was vital to the survival of both our species.

I, Mathew Alexander Dunphy, know all of the above is bullshit. I saw the truth with my own eyes and heard it from their beautiful, delicate, deceitful mouths. No one believes me, though. They call me mad. 

What reason could the space elves have to lie? 

Planet-wide-survival reality show? 

Ridiculous. 

Don't miss the start of a fun new LitRPG series in a system apocalypse setting and featuring mad scientist powers, along with plenty of laughs. Oh, and killer aliens. Lots of em.

About the MAD world: Not all game-mechanic systems hand out levels, stats, and skills. Sometimes it offers super powers and leaves the progression up to the user. What is LitRPG without the fan-favorite blue boxes, though? Instead of STR, DEX, AGI, expect them to house crafting-based notifications.

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Disappointing

The book starts off extremely stupid. The setup makes you think that it's going to be a harem, but it isn't. The premise for the whole book is dumb dumb dumb. I hate it so much. Right from the beginning, the Space Elves say they are in a war with aliens that killed all their men, so they've come to earth for human male seed. Seriously. That is almost the exact wording. You quickly find out the truth that it's a lie, but come on. The true motives and reasons behind the aliens coming to earth has been done before. Just see Emerilia by Michael chatfield and The Good Guysby Eric Ugland.

The whole concept that tin foil on your head or hair interrupts enemy signals is just about the stupidest reason for MC OP abilities that I've ever heard. Like what about everybody inside any kind of aluminum building or inside an airplane or anything I don't know? Tinfoil is dumb. Annoyingly dumb. And it doesn't only apply the one time. Dumb.

The main character gets three special choices of class choices. They're all pretty decent but there are two really powerful ones and the main character doesn't choose them because they might take a little bit longer to get stronger. And because they sound difficult. It sounds like really bad reasoning to me for choosing a less superior class. And then, oh look, the girl next door has one of the strong powers and is not being hampered in any way.

The main characters Technogogue power is just kind of dumb It's like here's a bunch of random bullshit and it and some magic power and bam super technological doodad. I get that it's magic and all but it's dumb. He becomes a technological enchanter/crafter support class. How original.

Then at the end of it the book is only 6 hours long when listening at 1.5x. The one saving grace is that the narrator is pretty good. I have zero interest continuing the series.

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Great start to a series

I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this story. Not one to usually like Lit-RPG I can’t wait for the next book. The character development and story line has me hooked. Narration is surprisingly good as well. A definite recommend on my list.

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Awesome

really liked the story and the MC but i don't like how naive he is and he ended up paying the price for that another thing i really liked was that the mc got some action in the bed, to me it gives the characters involved some realism and end up being more likeable

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Very Similar to Dungeon Crawler Carl Series

Alien TV Reality Show premise is very similar to Dungeon Crawler Carl. This one doesn't have a talking cat and the majority of characters are clueless to the fact their on a reality show but there are still a lot of similarities.

I thought the narrator did a good job, the commercial breaks were a lot of fun and there's a lot of pop culture references. I picked up on Kindle and got the narration for just a few dollars more. It was entertaining, but I wouldn't waste a credit on it. If you haven't checked out Dungeon Crawler Carl, that series is worth every credit.

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All hail the support class!

A mostly lighthearted book that highlights a support character in the coolest way possible. I loved all of the 80's call backs and infomercials. This was a fun read to say the least. It takes apocalyptic litrpg and almost instant crafting to power up in fun and unusual ways. I was so drawn into the story that didn't realize it was over until the thank you for listening came up. It's not what I would call short book but felt like I blew through it.

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lots of fun

I was reading the book when I got a ark. I think the book is better as a audible. can't wait for the next

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amateurish

I think I might have enjoyed this more if I were younger.
too bad I can't get a refund. I can usually finish most books. particualrly if I spent money. not this one.

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Dungeon Crawler Carl with a twist

Solid story with some humor. Characters have depth and develop throughout the story. Good battle sequences. Great story arc that I’m interested in following. It has the potential to be as amazing as or surpass Dungeon Crawler Carl (deeper story and better character dev, but less funny) so I’ll get the next one. Worth the credit

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Not enough forward motion

A group of “smart” people who do things with average intelligence. MC is praised for being so smart while floundering and letting his mind-controlled “friends” dictate how he should act. But yeah, pat him on the back for being so smart and special. The MC is very unimaginative for someone who is supposed to be a sci-fi writer majoring in a stem program with sci-fi creating powers. It’s too slow for how much is happening.

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Loved it

Unique LiRPG with real life leveling another a bunch of stats. Funny adventure with a great "cast " I have almost 400 LiRPG books and I highly recommend this author/Reader combo. PLEASE MAKE MORE!

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  • Christopher morgan
  • 05-27-21

A very British litrpg 😄

if you like unique takes on litrpg you will love this with a unique progression system and a talented narrator bringing to life such quips as calm your tits made me laugh

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  • Emmanuel
  • 06-20-21

Theres no story

The first 30 mins is interesting and the synopsis hooks you in. But then the book becomes all about describing items and weapons and how to make them. last 30 minutes gets more interesting.

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  • Jennifer Deeley
  • 06-04-21

Fantastic

I love this book its fantastic, great story and performance. Can't wait to get the next installment.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-01-21

you'd be mad not to give this a chance!

the story and narrator are a perfect match, skillful narration brought an already enjoyable story to life and more!
although there are already a lot of litRPG stories out there this one definitely tickled my childish, geeky gamer and sci fi fan sides! well worth the listen!

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  • Thesode
  • 06-23-21

It's a descent listen. Kept me entertained.

LitRPG Apocalypse describes all you need to know about the premise. Aliens convert the Earth in to a giant dungeon survivor show.

The book itself is entertaining enough with plenty of action. The characters are a bit humorless but sympathetic.

Overall, I was happy with the purchase and will be listening to the next book when it comes out.