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The Cost of Survival: A LitRPG Apocalypse

The System Apocalypse, Book 3
By: Tao Wong
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Summary

The Onlivik Spores have been defeated; the dungeon tamed but at great cost. John and his friends are reeling from the losses, but the countdown to full integration to the System continues.

Threatened by System-integrated races and new, more powerful monsters, John will need to get creative if he and the city are to survive.

The Cost of Survival is the third book of the System Apocalypse series. A LitRPG/GameLit apocalypse book, The Cost of Survival combines modern day life, science fiction, and fantasy elements along with game mechanics. 

©2018 Tao Wong (P)2018 Tao Wong

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fantastic series

very well written and superbly performed. i cant wait for book 4. I would certainly recommend to others

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  • Christopher
  • 11-07-18

Another good book in this series...

I really like this author’s approach. More than anything I like that he is actually “writing” LitRPG and not just chucking unedited and horrendously written, soft-core drivel all over audible like it’s a dorm building on the ASU campus.

I really appreciate the authors who contribute quality writing to the genre and who clearly take the time to have their work edited and revised.

My only reason for not giving this book 5 stars is that this author has yet to release a book on audible that breaks the 9 hour mark. I don’t mind a shorter book every now and then, but I rarely feel satisfied without getting at least 10-11 hours out of a story.

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  • Ryan
  • 17-08-18

Third time’s a charm

Finally a good book in this series. John manages not to be an angry idiot the whole book. Some characters develop and it has a meaningful and interesting plot. It fizzles a little at the very end but this was worth wading through the first two.

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  • Trevor M. Lewis
  • 29-08-18

Not bad at all.

Overall I think the series is a pretty good example of litrpg that is different enough in concept and execution that it feels fresh. Well worth a listen if you enjoy the genre.

My only complaint is with the main character. For someone that practices meditation so much he really has issues keeping his anger in check. I don't think I can remember a story where the main character was so consistently grumpy and antisocial... Yeah, all this horrible stuff happens, but a year later he's still being an unrepentant jerk to his friends and treating them very poorly. Sure, they stick by him, but a lot of his problems would have been solved by an occasional apology.

I think if the author showed a bit more growth in the emotional control of the main character, and him working to strengthen the relationship between his companions, this aspect of the series wouldn't have bothered me so much. I really found that I had very little compassion or empathy for him because of this.

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  • Sondre Nesheim Hamre
  • 28-11-18

a bit predictable

I enjoyed it from start to finish, but I found myself predicting the outcome of many of the events through the book. Would recommend if you have read/ listened to the other books.

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  • Chaz
  • 31-08-18

Action Packed

I enjoyed the story and the narration. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Awesome!

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  • nope
  • 23-08-18

great plot

great plot but this one was a struggle to get through compared to the first two.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

best audio book ever<br />

this is the best series on audible I listened to all 3 books in not even 3 month if you like a good series then you should listen to it

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  • Hayster_
  • 30-07-18

crazy series

this book was even better then the last two a bunch of insane shit goes done and finaly cant wait for the next book

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  • Tom Sitlington
  • 27-07-18

Kind of a let down.

I am glad that White Horse is finally over and done with, the entire book seemed like build up to the final 45 minutes of let down. I have enjoyed this series and look forward to future books by Tao, however this was my least favorite of his in any series.

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  • Tomas Andrade
  • 27-07-18

great follow up

lives up to the last book on path built and is very satisfying to listen to