I Alone Level Up (나 혼자만 레벨업) Web Novel Review

I Alone Level Up (나 혼자만 레벨업) Cover

Web Novel Details:

Novel Title : I Alone Level Up
Associated Names : Only I Level Up, Solo Leveling, 나 혼자만 레벨업
Type : Web Novel
Language : Korean
Translated Language : English             
Genre : Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural
Year : 2014
Translated Chapters So Far : 270/270 Chapters  (Completed)

Synopsis

10 years ago, after “the Gate” that connected the real world with the monster world opened, some of the ordinary, everyday people received the power to hunt monsters within the Gate. They are known as “Hunters”.

However, not all Hunters are powerful. His name is Sung Jin-Woo, an E-rank Hunter. He is someone who has to risk his life in the lowliest of catacombs, the “World’s Weakest”.

Having no skills whatsoever to display, He barely earned the required money by fighting in low-leveled catacombs… at least until He found a hidden catacomb with the hardest difficulty within the D-rank catacombs!

In the end, as He was accepting death, He suddenly received a strange power, a quest log that only He could see, a secret to leveling up that only He knows about!. That's the start of changing from the weakest Hunter to the strongest S-rank Hunter!.

Review

I Alone Level Up (나 혼자만 레벨업) Cover

I came to this novel after reading its manhwa adaptation. I love the manhwa... but reading it until the end of the novel, there were a few points were made me disappointed. Still, the manhwa is cool.

Like

1. The Main Character (MC)

Now I know that there are some who don’t like the MC, but I like how his character was developed. Since I didn’t start to read the beginning through this novel but through the manhwa, I definitely loved how the MC’s courage was developed. The account of what happened before he acquired his special leveling powers; I felt goosebumps while reading that part, honestly.

I was able to embrace and sympathize with his fears at the beginning to the point wherein I celebrated when he faced his fears and overcame them. Also, I appreciate that his personality changed the moment he grew stronger. Somehow, because of the betrayal he experienced at the beginning, his naivety was gone. Some might say that he is ruthless, but for me, I say that it was all because of what he went through. I also appreciated stories with MCs who are ruthless but with reasons. He became who he is because of what he went through.

2. The Other Characters

There aren’t many novels that could make me like the side characters. The other characters had their own backgrounds and stories as well, even the ones who betrayed the MC in the beginning. Also, their POVs weren’t as exaggerated as Sovereign of The Three Realms, wherein the other characters praise the MC too much for my liking. It was too shallow. This novel, on the other hand, was written well., I look forward to reading the other characters' POV in this novel.

3. The Plot

It’s consistent. True to its title, the plot remained consistent. Its seriousness, setting, characters, etc; all are consistent with the plot. When I first read the title, I thought it would be like the other novels with ‘leveling plotline’ wherein it would be light and fun to read. But to my surprise, this novel has a serious and dark plot after all - which is a plus as it made the novel belong to a few unique ones. The way it was written made me feel its atmosphere. So I guess it also boils down to the author’s style of writing..?

Dislike

1. The Romance

The development was too rushed for me. But I have to admit that I like this romance better as it is no harem. Still, I would’ve preferred that there would be no romance at all rather than reading a rushed one. On the other hand, I like the female lead’s character.

2. The Ending

It was dragged on longer than I would have liked. The author could’ve ended it with an open-ended conclusion. To my disappointment, he dragged it on for 20-40 chapters. I regretted reading it all the way. I continued reading it because I didn’t want to miss some action.. indeed, I didn’t... because there was no action at all!!! It was just filled with drama!!! Don’t get me wrong. I like drama.. just not the dragged ones.

3. The Plot

Kinda contradictory for me to put the plot in the ‘dislike’ section after putting it in the ‘like’ one. The reason is a personal preference. Until the end, the MC was alone in the action. No teamwork. No one else could fight alongside the hero because the enemy is just too strong for them. No further development of friendships. The MC gained friends, but in the end, they can only depend on him to fight the enemies alone. No character development of the MC through friends. True, the plot is consistent with its title... but it is too lonely for my taste. So yeah, I guess this is a personal preference.

Overall, the novel is good. I recommend you read this.. but I recommend reading the manhwa more :D. even after finishing the novel, I still look forward to reading the manhwa as it is really good. Highly recommend!!.

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