I think, therefore I am.
I have only read the first 20 chapters. If webnovel wants better informed reviews, they should give more free content. But it is also possible that I have missed the whole test tube baby thing. I think it is important to mention things like nationalism, even if it is fictional because we as a species absorbe such things unconsciously, no matter if it is applicable or logical. That is why propaganda is such an effective tool. If you want to read completely fictional books with very heavy political and social criticism I would recommend 1984, Enders Game or the Lord of the Rings series. Or Watch the first Gozilla movie. Thanks for engaging with me in this format.
So the only use they have is as a plot devise to give the MC a useful tool and maybe as a "bridge". You just validated my statement, they are useless goofers. It would have been exactly as effective if he just won the key in an auction, or found it in a chopshop with his encounter system. As for connecting him to more powerful people, he is literally a legendary potion maker. He could join any force and be received like a honored guest. In the end there is just no reason for such a power imbalanced team to be of use to the MC. It is not like he is the type to crave social interaction or use others as sacrificial pawns. It just doesn't fit the MC characterization to waste this much time on vague maybe future gains. It is not like he is trying to hide his brilliance, he just doesn't care to deal with the trouble coming with joining a strong force. Imagine just how often he must have joined them to develop such a strong bond that he shares this massive opportunity with them. And don't kid yourself with the idea that he feels like he ows them, the only thing anyone of them has done is make him a target because they were to incompetent to hide their tracks. We already establish that no resources the MC is using are sourced trough them. If the author wanted to make them useful contacts, he could have made his adopted parent less competent or generous. But he has more cloud in the city than all of those aristocratic goofers combined. Another method that could have been used is that the MC is grooming them as his future subordinates/political cloud, but he would have to share resources and knowledge with them. The aothor choos non of those methose or any other Methode to make the relationship believable. Hell, they could have just asked him to join the expedition as backup for a certain percentage of treasures. And because it is a mandatory school excursion he would have nothing better to do. The whole interaction is handeled badly because it rewrites the explicitly stated characteristics of the MC personality and forces a reader to reevaluate everything established about the character. Such a major cock up is a sign that the author either has no understanding of character driven stories, in which case his world building and pase are unsuitable, or he has not planed his story as throughly as he should have if he wanted to create something memorable.
Okay, I dill try to keep it chill. Do you perhaps remembered Trump. He is the perfekt example how you don't even need to name a country to make racist statements. He and I quote called all African countries "shit hole countries". This was both racism and nationalism at its finest. The context of how you say something is sometimes more important than what you are describing. Did he mean less developed countries which where unfortunately ravaged by colonialism not even a century ago. Probably not, but who knows. This is a perfect example where it was not even necessary to name a country and in the book it is the same. The way the author chooses his words to describe other nations is heavily tainted to judge those countries in a negative way. There are many ways to show how a world works and a singular perspective is often used for simplicities sake. But if that view is heavily biased it becomes completely useless, which is the case here. Let’s return to Trump for politics as well because you might remember that in the beginning of his presidency he signed a new tax law that heavily benifited the wealthiest individuals in the country. To say politics need an opponent is a sad view of how things work, but not entirely incorrect. But who says you can't find those inside your own country. Everyone who lives in a country with a multiple party system will tell you that most political discourse happens within a country. I find myself actually enjoying this, so thank you.
So the existence of poorer and less developed nations automatically gives a stable nation the right to look down on all of them. And this is not nationalism? You yourself wrote that the novel is about technology, which you just said isn't explained sufficiently. So a nebulous novel in which the focus is on something not explained. This is either the worst and most useless novel ever written or you are wrong. I tend to think it is the later. Politics are as important as character development in this novel. Which is surprisingly little, considering the 20 chapters full of nothing. And if you think this earth is doing badly, please read again. Unlimited, almost free energy, a society as stable as the end of the 20th century and a world which hasn't changed much in ca. 250 years, meaning no atomic radiation, no biological weapon residual, no polluted atmosphere, no climate change. And all of that after 2 world wars. This is literally one of the most hopeful scenarios imaginable. If you really think a lack of petrol, or oil based products would be so terrible, imagine if I tell you that there are such things as biodegradable plastic, plant based binding agents and plants like cotton. People survived before oil bases product where widespread, mostly because most countries in fact don't have easy access to massive amounts of oil. Lastly, maybe I missed that part but where in the first 20 chapters do they talk about concrete plans to create a merit bases society? I got the impression that they weren't even sure they could make it and it was more of an experiment than anything else.
Nationalism, please look at my other replies. No conflicts? The world has multiple food, resource, energy, poverty etc. troubles, which are explicitly stated in this novel. As for the sci in sci-fi. It is not explained, The fusion reactor is the only halfway decently explained technology and it explanation is both vague and very misleading. Look it up yourself if you want more. The author does not even understand how the brain works, his IQ theories are hilariously wrong.
Did you read the novel? Read it, not skimmed? Nationalism and Racism are clearly part of this book, but I guess you need examples. Starting with Fusion Energy. There are multiple instances where every other country besides the MC home country is talked of as a backwards shithole (not those exact words) because they can't build reactors, despite the technology for it being accessible by about half of all countries in the world during the 21 century. Then the fact that every other country apparently has only rude asshole reporters which need to be threatened. The fact that during a global cooperation the only country to do the obviously reasonable thing is the MCs home country. Please, it is obvious.
They may be descendants from powerful families, but they are all weak and have no value in the eyes of their family. It is mentioned that all of them have trouble getting those tokens, which are easy enough to get with money. It is explicitly mentioned that the MC is much more wealthy and has access to more and better resources than at least one of them. So the MC did not join them for resources. Friendship is also out, the way he is described it is probably hard to make friends with him. There is no emotional, nor a logical reason to join this group. They don't make him safer, but instead hinder his ability to move freely. The Key is a plot device used by the author to create excitement and give the MC enemies of his own level despite him goofing around with those noops. Their only purpose is to show just how awesome our MC is.
The most interesting background of the MC has been skipped. I would have loved to start of with a weak MC with no resources and a motivation to risk his life. Imagine having massive amounts of money, talent, a good opportunity radar and a ultimate growth cheat and wasting your time on goofing around with way weaker students. The MC start of as a powerhouse and it makes no sense for him to join this group of weak amateurs, except the author decided it and gave them an opportunity to play cannonfooder/background goofer. There is no job or task the MC could not do himself. He is not only the strongest, most durable, most talented and most knowledgeable. No, he also has the best senses. There is no sense of excitement or pressure. Do not recommend to waste time on. It is a shame, the background and world building was actually quite nice.
I am a little disappointed. Normally this would be quite the good novel, but compared to the others in selection, this one is not as good. The story progress is very slow sometimes and at other times weirdly fast. There is no immersion and you can skip chapters without losing anything. I get that the MC is important, but it does not make sense to insert the MC in power fights where he should not be able to do anything, only for him to get temporary boosts to show of. I felt cheated during the graveyard fight. MC is apparently the only thinking individual, while does much stronger are at best a little retarded, even the MC father. Not a good start for a novel which could have potential.
A good read. Try it. For those who are not satisfied, here is a short review: Special ability is OP, with the ability to see opportunities and dangers in a 100+m radius. Even future opportunities are visible, trough the same can not be said about dangers so far. In addition not all opportunities are simple or easy to get. Story flow is very well done, very few "oh my God he is awesome" or "lets waste the readers time by having 5 random different people monologue about how awesome the MC is" moments, the few technical explanation passages are consistently short and Side-Characters which actually have a reason to be included. MC is an interesting character with a few minor flaws and not the typical suicidal lemming who is only alive because of his plot armor. World and Cultivation are logical and quite interesting so far, trough not much has already been explored.
This is one of those novels where you can only shake your head. Besides the open nationalism and suptle racism the major drawback of this novel is the authors desire to lengthen each scene as much as possible. At Chapter 20 we have not even started on the whole space travel thing and the only important development has been the MC taking a drug to permanently increase his IQ (of course the aothor does not know what that is, but it is a convenient tool to use, when you don't know how intelligence, pattern recognition and knowledge transfer actually work). Character development is also way worse than it should be after 20 chapter without any story development. We know the MC is smart and a virgin, that is all. We don't even know his motivation for going to space, anything about his mother or why he dislikes most of his family. He does not appear to have any friends, besides one who is constantly trying to get him layed. He does not have any hobbies, besides his new thirst for knowledge. What did he do before this? He was a student and went trough special training, that is all. Fuck, this is not Sci-fi, this is slice of life gone wrong. Do not read, do not support such practices which needlessly increase word count.
Quite an interesting read. The Doomsday Szenario is well done and quite realistic. The only demerit is that it seems to have been stretched intentionally to increase word count. MC is kind of stable as a character so far, but not the most interesting type. He is way to reationary sometimes. Nationalism is there, but it is not as bad as others would like you to think. The major weakness of this novel is the system and its logic. Through it has only been used as an emergency aid so far. It is mainly used to explain how and why a single person can survive alone in the Apocalypse. 40 Chapters are not enough to judge this novel, but so far it is worth reading.
Look here https://f-w-o.com/novel/lord-of-flames/ IT is the same novel, but different site and translator. They renamed the Novel and took over translation. This behaviour is not uncommon for web novel translators, but extremely frowned upon and a major problem for the community.
It is not even worth it. Logic and MC characterisation are spotty at best. System has way to much personality for how useless it is. Mary Sue's are hard to pull of right and this one is really bad.
IT IS NOT OKAY TO STEAL ANOTHER TRANSLATION PROJEKT. STOP DOING THIS. AND TRANSLATE THOSE YOU STOPPED OTHERS FROM TRANSLATING Hate this shit
This is pure wish fulfillment. Badly done wish fulfillment. The MC is OP, which is expected, what is not expected is how ridiculously catastrophic the rest of the novel is. MC refuses to deal with things for unsatisfactory reasons, or no reasons at all. He is literally the biggest hypocrite imaginable. Assassin tries to kill him, so beat him, threaten his daughter, show him rape scenes of his employer's horrible deads and tell him to do better. Needmoney, go to the school beele, build up her company, start your harem, slap some people around. He, world best hacker/martial artist, but there is no money in it. Go needlessly complicate your relationship with the GF, a real 10, of the guy whose body you took over, by involving yourself with other women. Anyone who has read something like this will know the MC is a homewrecker with the power of a truck and the personality of wet rice. DO NOT RECOMMEND
This one is hard to review. 20 free chapters just aren't enough, but that is all we get. First, the MC is overpowered, but not invincible. His cheat makes him a master at his occupation, but anyone higher ranked could kill him easily. He himself does not realize that, he is someone without any backing and no own strength. Within the law he is king, outside he is still trash,but he behaves like nothing and no one can touch him. It is a very classical arrogant asshole MC who can't stay quiet and is only still alive because his opponents are lawful and mentally challenged. The world building is alright so far, not much has been shown, but most of it seems to be somewhat logical. If you can overlook the MCs trash personality, the dump opponents and the usual stupidity of the general populace, who have nothing better to do than look down on the MC, you will find a mildly entertaining story.
If the MC was a moronic farmer, maybe. There is literally no thought but into the way the MC ability is used. He picked grass, multiple times. Again, a farmer who is used to acting instead of thinking or someone who regularly does field work could maybe test his ability in this way, but anyone else would at least think for a second and make things more easy on themself. The MC did not know of the benefits. The MC doesn't test his ability in a scientific, sensible or reasonable manner. He is like a 6 year old child who got a new toy. As far as introductions to the supernatural goes it is one of the worst I have ever seen because the supernatural is literally the backdrop to ever stupid social decission made and inner monologue described. You want a God introduction? Read Cultivation Chattgroup.
So I was looking at the top fans, because I could not believe there would ever be someone paying for this and I found something interesting. Top 1 is normal, read 50+ books in 400+ h. Which isn't much considering the length of some web novels. Top2-4 A bot who read more than 100h but not a single book, a quitter who only read 100+h but started 50+ books and two more who look, sound and have the statistics of a stupid bot. If not a single one of the is a bot I will drink a bootle of bud light lime.