One day, six towers appear on Earth. Each one stands hundreds of stories tall, and are invulnerable to all attacks. At the base of each tower is a portal, welcoming in all who dare enter it.
All sorts of magical monsters can be found inside the towers. Even treasure, magic and superhuman strength can be acquired. The problem is that the towers aren't a friendly place. Even worse, the towers sometimes release waves of monsters to attack Earth.
In the year 2083, there are only a hundred survivors. In one last attempt, they challenge the final floor without regard for their lives. By some miracle, they manage to beat the floor at the cost of their lives, leaving only one survivor.
As a reward for clearing the tower, he is granted one wish. He decides to go back in time to before the towers arrived. His goal is simple: prevent humanity from being wiped out.
My Opinion: 306 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
While the very beginning of the novel is just plain annoying, it does setup the situation and motivation for the main character (MC) to go back in time to try and save humanity. After that, the story actually gets entertaining and becomes a OP LitRPG story where the MC clears increasingly challenging levels in a tower dungeon. The MC is majorly overpowered the entire story with both a lifetime of battle experience and knowledge of future events, and as long as you’re ok with that and the slice of life nature of the story, you’ll have a good time. It’s mostly fighting, training, some build theorizing, and a little bit of team building as the MC seeks to get a group together to eventually try to beat the tower at its highest level and thus save mankind. But that’s a far off series plotline. I did think the future knowledge aspect was a nice twist to this kind of OP story.
The game mechanics are more reminiscent of an MMO. In that the levels don’t impact the story much, but rather reflect relative powers. It’s also a way to show just how OP the MC is when he beats higher level monsters. Still, XP is gained, levels impact stats and health, and the Ascenders grow in power by getting skills, abilities, and magic. The class theorizing is a particular highlight, with characters trying to fill out their roles by gaining specific equipment and skills.
Overall, not a complicated story and not every level in the tower is super interesting, but overall an enjoyable slice of life action-adventure.
Score: 7.5 out of 10