Kim Hyun Woo lived the life of the wealthy thanks to his parents. But one day, he received a phone call informing him of a traffic accident which involved his parents. His father had died and his mother was hospitalized in critical condition. The normal life he once knew, collapsed…
They sold their house, cancelled various insurance plans, and moved to a one room apartment. And after a few years, Hyun Woo spends four to six hours tending to his mother and worked to pay for her medical bills.
One day, one of his Instructors recommended him for position in a company called Global Exos, who made an announcement of making history with the newest technological invention.
Ark The Legend (Sequel)
Probably “there is nothing to read” is a disease similar to “there is nothing to wear”. We all know that in most cases neither of those statements are true, but still, there is nothing! (Humpf LOL)
So I was also looking for some novel to read and somehow ended up on the Ark page.
I’ve read Ark and Ark the Legend before, but decided to re-read it anyway.
If you have read it you probably know that something like LMS is funnier. And longer. And has a more interesting plot. And… and it’s still being written by the author. I.e. work in progress.
Thus, even if the lovely translators of LMS do keep up to date with translations, if, touch wood, something happens on the author or publisher side of things (the forbidden W… word, let’s not say that-which-shall-not-be-named) then sorry guys, but you’ll just have to have nothing to read again.
Right, so why Ark, despite it being on a more generic side of VR genre Korean novel?
1.- It is completely finished and translated.
I know for many of you (and me) having the tag “completed” means an awful lot sometimes.
2.- Japtem did a great translation of the first part of the novel, it is really easy to get into it.
3.- I really like how the author did not make the MC super OP right from the start and even does remind the reader that the MC has certain traits in his character that require work and improvement.
4.- Unlike many “apocalyptic” Korean novels where the MC is surrounded by a harem of useless girls and shameless little sisters, Ark does not. For me that’s more than half the reason to read it, really.
5.- Overall Ark is a rather easy to read novel. It’s not that dark, nor very complicated plot-wise, even though there are things to look forward to.
6.- The familiars. (For those who don’t know that term- a little pet or a summon in a VR genre novels). Well, Ark does not have a cat in it, but still, his familiars are funny too.
Actually many authors seem to use pets and alike to create humor in the novels, and Ark does a pretty good job with that.
7.– Couple of twists and turns here and there, but the novel will not give you the “angst” type feelings.
I just hate it when all you want is to relax and have a laugh to read something angsty which makes you sit on tenterhooks with cold sweat on your back. Ark is not like that, thankfully.
8.- There is a rather logical progression in his level ups and alike.
I do tend to ignore the whole “levels”, “powers”, “skills”, “super duper equipment” and alike descriptions, especially in Chinese novels, but Ark keeps those descriptions to a decent amount and not overwhelming the novel with an empty filler.
9.- If you are new to KN VR genre and have many issues, with harems, or homosexuality in novels, or dark angsty themes, or excessive repetitions in writing, then Ark is a good novel to start with. After reading it you can get a feel for whether this genre is for you or not.
10.- By the way, CN VR genre is rather different to KN VR genre writing. The peanut gallery. Man, that’s annoying. Unless it’s a funny one. But usually they are repetitive and annoying in CNs. On the other hand I get a feeling that Koreans believe themselves to be the “pioneers” in gaming and all that, so much so that when reading their VR novels one might feel that it’s a little racist, but in comparison to CN those Korean VR novels are rather decent.
Though you need to read a few from each to see whether you might prefer CN VR genre more.
Well it was Wujigege’s idea to have me write a list of 5 reasons why, I guess this is a little more. Hopefully this is useful to those who are new to the genre and don’t know what to read or those who have nothing to read, as usual.
If I were a character in a novel I would have been the type to climb up high, then crash right down to the bottom only to pick up the pieces of the puzzle which is my life and remake it into something different, hopefully something better. Then rinse and repeat, haha.