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He was climbing the corporate ladder, now he's climbing the food chain. Felix used to be a traveling salesman, drifting through the galaxy and hawking his wares. Used to be, that is, until a freak accident in an out of the way system. One rough landing later and Felix finds himself stranded on a wild, alien planet-- front and center in a deadly role he never auditioned fo He was climbing the corporate ladder, now he's climbing the food chain. Felix used to be a traveling salesman, drifting through the galaxy and hawking his wares. Used to be, that is, until a freak accident in an out of the way system. One rough landing later and Felix finds himself stranded on a wild, alien planet-- front and center in a deadly role he never auditioned for to entertain a secret audience. The upside? A fellow passenger made it to the escape pod with Felix. With this reptilian stranger at his side, he’s not totally alone. The downside? They don’t share a language. Worse, there’s not one scrap of survival know-how between them, and an ominous clawing is coming from outside the escape pod. As if the struggle to avoid becoming lunch and finding some of their own wasn’t enough, an autonomous implant from an unknown source seeks to integrate them into the system.


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He was climbing the corporate ladder, now he's climbing the food chain. Felix used to be a traveling salesman, drifting through the galaxy and hawking his wares. Used to be, that is, until a freak accident in an out of the way system. One rough landing later and Felix finds himself stranded on a wild, alien planet-- front and center in a deadly role he never auditioned fo He was climbing the corporate ladder, now he's climbing the food chain. Felix used to be a traveling salesman, drifting through the galaxy and hawking his wares. Used to be, that is, until a freak accident in an out of the way system. One rough landing later and Felix finds himself stranded on a wild, alien planet-- front and center in a deadly role he never auditioned for to entertain a secret audience. The upside? A fellow passenger made it to the escape pod with Felix. With this reptilian stranger at his side, he’s not totally alone. The downside? They don’t share a language. Worse, there’s not one scrap of survival know-how between them, and an ominous clawing is coming from outside the escape pod. As if the struggle to avoid becoming lunch and finding some of their own wasn’t enough, an autonomous implant from an unknown source seeks to integrate them into the system.

30 review for Fresh Blood (Survival World, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Soo

    Mini-Review: 4.5 Stars for Narration by Travis Baldree 3 Stars for Plot/Characters It's not easy to write a survival story. I'd say it's harder to do it and make it stick with a game format. The plot picked up towards the end but the majority of it was at a snail's pace. A handful of cool story elements but not enough details to develop the setting or make the characters really interesting. You can't rely on readers to stick around for a series and maybe try the next book. There needs to be enough Mini-Review: 4.5 Stars for Narration by Travis Baldree 3 Stars for Plot/Characters It's not easy to write a survival story. I'd say it's harder to do it and make it stick with a game format. The plot picked up towards the end but the majority of it was at a snail's pace. A handful of cool story elements but not enough details to develop the setting or make the characters really interesting. You can't rely on readers to stick around for a series and maybe try the next book. There needs to be enough in the first novel to a reader want to read the rest of the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Troy Neenan

    I found this novel a fresh breath of air. I can imagine that this author has both played a few survival games and they probably watched a few episodes of Survivor. In a genre that is filled with experience bars and levelling, the author chose to focus on research and crafting. I feel that it is a great move as the characters in the book actually have to put some effort into planning and survival. The book has no sex, has no F-bombs that I heard, there is violence, and some hints at gore. Plot: Feli I found this novel a fresh breath of air. I can imagine that this author has both played a few survival games and they probably watched a few episodes of Survivor. In a genre that is filled with experience bars and levelling, the author chose to focus on research and crafting. I feel that it is a great move as the characters in the book actually have to put some effort into planning and survival. The book has no sex, has no F-bombs that I heard, there is violence, and some hints at gore. Plot: Felix’s spaceship is stuck by a disaster and the survivors of the crash on an island. Shenanigans occur as the characters are forced to play a dangerous game. Characters. Felix is a sales man who was on a cruise for a planet where he hoped to sell his goods. Felix is unused to the sudden primitive environment and is forced to learn from his mistakes. Koale is a reptilian alien. While he may look scary, is a scientist at heart. His curiosity an inability to listen to others causes trouble for Felix. Trent. I hated this character and the author makes a point to make him unlikable. Mean spirited, spiteful, short-temper. Renessa is Trent's wife and the only person who seems to be able to calm him down. She sees Felix and Koale's appearance as a necessary evil that she has to deal with. What I like: Most of the book worked for me. I like LitRPGs and GameLit books that focus away from the guilds and the need to level their characters. It shows that the genre is expanding. What I don’t like: My major criticism is the respawn. Take death out of the equation and belly flopping into the jaws of a hungry beast turns into mild annoyance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Clay Dittman

    A good rough draft The setting is interesting, the game mechanics are few but well defined, the character growth is minimal, and the typos and errors are abundant. Overall I think this is a good start to a series, it does a solid job of introducing mechanics, piquing interest in the greater story of the TV show that is Survival World, and foreshadowing for what's to come. However Felix and Koale don't show much growth throughout the book and with the plodding pace that is set until the last fifth o A good rough draft The setting is interesting, the game mechanics are few but well defined, the character growth is minimal, and the typos and errors are abundant. Overall I think this is a good start to a series, it does a solid job of introducing mechanics, piquing interest in the greater story of the TV show that is Survival World, and foreshadowing for what's to come. However Felix and Koale don't show much growth throughout the book and with the plodding pace that is set until the last fifth of the story it's hard to ignore. It does pickup when they encounter other survivors but those characters bring their own issues. Such as an unprovoked hatred of Felix that is never addressed. Finally the grammatical errors, typos, and misuse of words permeates the text from beginning to end making the slow pace feel even worse as I found myself continually having to re-read to ensure I knew what was intended. The amount of errors made it seem like this was written and released without ever being read by the author or anyone else. The series shows promise but the characters need to show some dimension and the author needs to hire an editor if there is any hope of that promise being delivered upon.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    A solid positive score for a first-time author. Fresh Blood is a well-conceptualized GameLit, though I must admit this is the first GameLit I read to completion. Perhaps that is a testament to the writer's ability to speak to a broader audience with the story. I am giving the book 4/5 stars, though If I have to put a real number to it, it would be 3.7/5. Still, a worthy read. The book does have some pacing and polishing issues. It could have benefited from another round of editing, but it didn't pu A solid positive score for a first-time author. Fresh Blood is a well-conceptualized GameLit, though I must admit this is the first GameLit I read to completion. Perhaps that is a testament to the writer's ability to speak to a broader audience with the story. I am giving the book 4/5 stars, though If I have to put a real number to it, it would be 3.7/5. Still, a worthy read. The book does have some pacing and polishing issues. It could have benefited from another round of editing, but it didn't put me off from finishing the book. The pacing is a bit too slow, the story takes some time to really get going which might be discouraging to people who aren't as invested to finish the book. Overall, the story was good, characters compelling and dynamic. I would definitely pick up the second book in this series (when it is released) and I'd recommend others to give this book a try.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    It's alien reality tv. This was a great book. The only thing is: it was supposed to be an LitRPG book, but I think the author forgot this fact, and just wrote the story, and left out the LitRPG stuff, the only consession it made to being LitRPG was one or two chapters where they mentioned blue boxes, and the constant game references by the announcer at the end of chapters. No skills, no levels, no upgrades, basically, no LitRPG elements. So, if you're looking for an LitRPG book, you'll need to lo It's alien reality tv. This was a great book. The only thing is: it was supposed to be an LitRPG book, but I think the author forgot this fact, and just wrote the story, and left out the LitRPG stuff, the only consession it made to being LitRPG was one or two chapters where they mentioned blue boxes, and the constant game references by the announcer at the end of chapters. No skills, no levels, no upgrades, basically, no LitRPG elements. So, if you're looking for an LitRPG book, you'll need to look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you're after a crafting/building/survival/space book (yeah, all of that and more), and if you're a scifi fan, then you're going to love this book, and there's no reason to ignore it just because it says LitRPG. as it's type. Any scifi fan worth their fandom wouldn't want to pass on this one, trust me on this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellija

    Decent mechanics; annoying characters All the characters in this book are singularly unlikable. The plot reads like a lets play of The bastard child of Rust and Ark and while the base building is at least somewhat entertaining the idiotic characters can’t go two feet without messing things up in ways that aren’t even entertaining to read. While the implants they got are messing with their emotions the fact that I don’t have one is hampering my understanding of why the first thought they’d have wh Decent mechanics; annoying characters All the characters in this book are singularly unlikable. The plot reads like a lets play of The bastard child of Rust and Ark and while the base building is at least somewhat entertaining the idiotic characters can’t go two feet without messing things up in ways that aren’t even entertaining to read. While the implants they got are messing with their emotions the fact that I don’t have one is hampering my understanding of why the first thought they’d have when meeting the people who literally slammed a rescue pod door in their face in act one would be good teammates and then after putting in the work to fortify a base why they’d take it lying down when told to leave.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Clint Young

    Alert I hate trying to write reviews because there are really only pass/fail results for me. Did I make it all the way through? Yes? 5 stars. No? There would be nothing here to read. In all fairness, if an author holds my attention from page one to the end, they’ve done their job. Anything less than 5 stars is petty criticism from someone incapable of even doing the job let alone doing a better one. So in respect for the author and their work, I am going to start pasting this along with a generic Alert I hate trying to write reviews because there are really only pass/fail results for me. Did I make it all the way through? Yes? 5 stars. No? There would be nothing here to read. In all fairness, if an author holds my attention from page one to the end, they’ve done their job. Anything less than 5 stars is petty criticism from someone incapable of even doing the job let alone doing a better one. So in respect for the author and their work, I am going to start pasting this along with a generic review I found somewhere. “This was a fun book. I am glad that I read it. You should try it too.” Cheers

  8. 5 out of 5

    GaiusPrimus

    Decent story, lots of mistakes I quite enjoyed the premise and the overall story of the book, which is what I ranked it for. Yet, if you have issues with a lot of typos and grammar mistakes, be aware that this book is filled with them, especially the second half of the book. The Gamelit stuff only starts after the 10% mark.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Gilliam

    Trapped on a tropical island… Have some sort of strange bug attached to your brainstem… Allows you to create things I just like thinking about it… What are the best LITRPG‘s that I’ve read in a while! The concept is funny new, the RPG aspects is kind of light but is really well worked… And all in all I really look forward to the next book in the series

  10. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

    Book one Mistakes: I found four. One was a missing letter. A missing coma, and the other two were unnecessary words in sentences. Plot: Kidnapped by aliens to play a survival style game. Characters: I liked all of them but Trent. The announcers crack me up. 8/10

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Solid first book I actually enjoyed this one quite a bit. The interactions are fun throughout the story and the Gamelit bits are nice. The writing was strong and the book read incredibly fast. I’ll definitely pick up the second book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    James

    A gamelit novel with survival and crafting. Overall the series has got off to a good start. The pacing is decent and the story is pretty interesting the tropes are their but not to a unreasonable amount. The crafting system is nice but very bare bones.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Topher

    A bit robinson crusoe crossed with an alien species' version of Survivor, all with some gamelit elements - after crash-landing on a planet, the passengers of a ship have to survive. Thankfully there are elements that will make that easier, but its still a deadly world. A bit robinson crusoe crossed with an alien species' version of Survivor, all with some gamelit elements - after crash-landing on a planet, the passengers of a ship have to survive. Thankfully there are elements that will make that easier, but its still a deadly world.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heath

    Good Read. A interesting read. Crashed land as a survivor that is also like the Survivor TV show but with out the knowledge of being watched.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    A fun concept and book that did get boring sometimes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zack Clay

    Pretty good start This book has a great unique premise and lots of potential for an entertaining series. Looking forward to the next one

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erling

    Survival with crafting A lovely book that is based on survival games simlar to Don't starve and the multiplayer Conan game. A good read. Survival with crafting A lovely book that is based on survival games simlar to Don't starve and the multiplayer Conan game. A good read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Francisco Magdiel

    An ok book Nothing to fancy. I like the beginning but it has a slow middle and a sour sweet ending. Still interested in the second part duo.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ronica

    Fun What an enjoyable romp through a new galaxy! Sweet and easy without the need to hide behind bow-chicka-wow-wow to introduce excitement.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Claudio Silva

    Outstanding Story!!! What a amazing story and very well complemented with game lit ideas awesome truly well read also great joy to listen. 5 Starts⭐⭐⭐

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie Garner

    This one took me a bit to fully get into but once I got past the game lit, it was a lot of fun. Looking forward to more.

  22. 5 out of 5

    J.G. Johnson

    It was interesting for the idea This was an okay read, but it needed a little more polish and development of the system supporting the world.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tao Wong

    Fun survival gamelit Lots of intrinsic ideas, a hero who isn't a compete idiot. No harem issues to spoil the book either. Will read book 2 Fun survival gamelit Lots of intrinsic ideas, a hero who isn't a compete idiot. No harem issues to spoil the book either. Will read book 2

  24. 4 out of 5

    Danny Moody

    Fun concept. It has vibes of The Running Man and The Hunger Games. The characters are interesting and since it is an alien world. Anything can happen.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    A great read! This is a very well written story with an engaging plot line and characters that you really want to succeed. Definitely looking forward to more!

  26. 5 out of 5

    L A

    Good start to a gamelit series. Needs editing, but not too much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Turner

  28. 5 out of 5

    maayan honig

  29. 4 out of 5

    Walter Brian

  30. 5 out of 5

    William Hatfield

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