Rory Quinn is a New York police officer that enjoys chasing women, hard drinking, and beating the crap out of bad guys. He's used to waking up with hangovers that leave most people curled around a toilet. But that all changes after one drunken night of revelry. Instead of a bathroom floor, he wakes up to find he's been dead for 500 years. And if that ain’t enough, the earth he knew is long gone. Zombies, cataclysmically evil robots, and techno-demons seem to be the least of his problems, as they all pale compared to his crazy immortal ex-wife! This is a LitRPG story!
My Opinion: 231 pages, $2.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited
This is a sci fi take on the RPG reincarnation trope. The main character (MC) has been dead for hundreds of years and is brought back into a synthetic body with an RPG interface and upgrade system. He's tasked with exploring a dangerous and possibly contaminated earth surface after the AI lost contact with its creators.
While the story start is fairly earnest, it turns into this quirky slice of life exploration of what the planet has become with satirical pulls from a bunch of post-apocalyptic films and books. You’re really just following the MC as he gets into trouble and kills his way out with the help of the AI companion. The AI coming along for the ride adds some good banter, though many of the jokes in the novel are a specific kind of humor.
The RPG stuff exists in a scifi way. The synthetic body has stats that can be upgraded, as well as slots for mental powers and a class like module system that gives skills. You see a character sheet fairly regularly but I wouldn’t call the story really crunchy.
Overall, I liked the story, enjoyed the action, and exploration of the sci-fi story world. Though I think the more serious tone of the beginning underplays how funny the story tries to be sometimes. The humor, for the most part, didn’t land with me but if it does for you, you’ll really like this.
Score: 7.1 out of 10