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book battle: solo leveling (v.1)


solo leveling vol. 1 by chugong

thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review! this has not affected my review in any way, all opinions are mine.

2/5

this was honestly a disappointment to me. i'm not entirely sure how Official (TM) translations of korean webnovels usually go, and how strict a translation this was, but so many parts felt like the same line was being repeated over and over again, telling us information that had both been thought and said aloud and then again. this is only my second korean webnovel, so maybe that's just part of the style that i'm used to, but it made the book feel stagnant and repetitive.


the main character felt very stagnant as well. i didn't really care about him in a way that i SHOULD for an mc. i absolutely understand that this is volume 1, but it didn't really feel as if he had much growth or arc, and there's only maybe one character i'm interested in hearing more from. i don't think i'll be continuing with this story unfortunately

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