Soulcatcher. LitRPG series "Universe ICS": Book I


What happens when you suddenly find yourself in a reality of untold possibilities, in a place where technology and magic are indistinguishable? Every game location is a transformed physical world connected to one other through an interstellar network of portals. Every player "avatar" is a living physical body with incredible survival traits. Once in this dreamscape, it would be unwise to not seize the moment! There are, however, a couple of catches.

First of all, you don't remember your identity.

Second, the "sandbox" of this inter-civilization game, "Universe ICS", is a dangerous place for beginners.

Finally, character restoration is finite.

Death in "ICS" may be irreversible.

My Opinion: 557 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

This is a Russian translation that focuses mostly on action-adventure. The MC wakes up in a virtual world and is given a goal to beat the hardest dungeon and the baddest boss in the starter zone, all with in 10 days. If he does, he'll get to keep his scaling starter items and have an advantage out in the world beyond which he'll automatically be sent to in 10 days. But, it's not a straightforward path. He'll have to deal with competing guilds, PvP assassins, a variety of linked quests, and many monsters. There are also mysteries to be solved. Like why doesn't anyone have memories of before the game? Or who is trying to permadeath him?

Overall, the combat in the story is good. A nice variety of monsters and quest types. It's actually the main part of the novel. Though there are a few sections that are info dumps, they're rare. Also, just because of the amnesia aspect of the story, it may be challenging for some readers to connect to the characters since they don’t have a backstory.

Score: 7.3 out of 10

Soulcatcher. LitRPG series "Universe ICS": Book I