Michael Blaker’s Bookish Wednesday: “Rebirth: A LitRPG Apocalypse Adventure” by J.D. Olson

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Hey all, I’m back with yet another LitRPG series for this week’s Bookish Wednesday. It’s “Rebirth: A LitRPG Apocalypse Adventure,” which is book one in the Electrified series by J.D. Olson.

Plot: The plot of this LitRPG is pretty bland overall but begins interestingly, with the main character Elysia dying and then the world ends. But she is resurrected by a freak thunderstorm, and specifically by the strange lightning that strikes her grave. The whole premise is pretty interesting, but Elysia is not very streetwise and far too trusting of other people during an apocalypse.

That trait continues to cause her problems through the book, and she does nothing about it but bemoan her situation and refuses to be proactive to remove any potential dangers to herself. Honestly, I had downloaded the other entries in the series to listen to after this one, but I was so put off by the incredibly ham-fisted way drama was inserted into the plot that I never bothered to keep up with this series after the first book.

Characters: The main character Elysia is pretty much the sole character for much of the book, and she’s an incredibly annoying one. To knowingly let people go after they tell her they’re going to enslave her is such an obvious thing to create further drama down the line that I just disliked everything about the main character by the time I was done with this first book.

Overall: I highly recommend skipping this unless you’re really desperate to read or listen to a LitRPG series. There are better novels out there to enjoy.

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