Shadow Sun Survival: Shadow Sun Book One


How well would you fare if the apocalypse fell upon you? Could you survive more than a few days? Would you be able to feed yourself? Find clean water? Safe shelter? Heal your wounds?

Allistor is a gamer geek who has spent most of his life indoors, playing virtual reality MMORPGS and reading classic LitRPG books. But when Earth is seized by an ancient race wielding incredibly advanced tech, who transport the entire planet to a new location with twin suns, he finds himself fighting to survive in real life. The human race is declared a contaminant, and the new overlords decree that 90% of us will be exterminated. Creatures out of myth and legend are sent to do the killing. Dragons, titans, alien creatures big and small, all with a hunger for human flesh. Humans who survive the first year will be rewarded.

After seeing his family killed in the first week, Allistor leads a small group of survivors in their struggle to stay alive. Not satisfied with simple survival, he strives to make himself and his people stronger. The new 'magic' RPG system that now governs the planet is something he can work with, and teach others to exploit. Thrust into a leadership position, and with vengeance in his heart, Allistor aims to establish a stronghold, then take the fight to the monsters who seek to enslave his people.

My Opinion: 404 pages, $3.99, Available On Kindle Unlimited

A slice of life RPG apocalypse story with town building and community building aspects. It is setup a bit like System Apocalypse in that aliens have started the RPG apocalypse but in this case humanity is being targeted with the goal of reducing the population 90% by spawning monsters everywhere. Also, humanity has one year to try and survive and claim any territory on earth before other aliens come to immigrate.

The story plays out in a slice of life way, with the MC recounting the first days of the RPG apocalypse and how he had an edge with the system since it is like the RPG games he loves. Then it's just about him surviving, gathering resources and survivors to figure out how to make a place for everyone with so many deadly monsters everywhere.

The game mechanics are similar to what you see in other RPG apocalypse stories including a system store where items, spells, and loot can be bought and sold. There's also crafting but the most unique aspect will be the town building stuff. Good crunchy stuff.

Overall, the story is rather entertaining. There's good regular action, lots of different monsters that are fought, survivalist stuff, real risk since characters die permanently, and some good character building with the survivors.

Score: 7.4 out of 10

Shadow Sun Survival: Shadow Sun Book One