Jan 8, 2021
Following up the True Route of the Chaos;Child visual novel is certainly no easy feat. Myself and many other readers found that segment to be the absolute best part of the novel and what cemented it as a masterpiece. So where does this novel go? Without giving away too much, it's essentially an extended epilogue to the true route, and it follows some of the characters from their perspective as they deal with the aftermath and moving on with their lives.
Story - 9/10
As stated, readers need to keep in mind that this is an EPILOGUE. Don't come here expecting a sequel, and don't come
expecting action or more psychological horror. The absence of the psychological horror is likely to turn some readers off, as that is really the bread and butter of the Chaos visual novels, but with that in mind, I think it's about as good of an epilogue as we can get. Most main characters get a whole, lengthy chapter dedicated to them, and we get to see each of them grow and mature well after the events of the original work. That's not to say that it's all sunshine and rainbows though, as there are still some suspenseful and emotionally powerful moments here, just not as frequently as in the visual novel. It's a great mix of both drama and slice of life, which leads to an extremely enjoyable, though fairly episodic story.
Art - N/A
It's a novel!
Character - 10/10
The sticking point of the novel. Each character, save for an obvious one, gets at least one major arc to go through. While not every arc is equally impactful, all are super enjoyable and really add to the characters in ways that the final hours of the visual novel couldn't. With all of the major drama in the past, the characters can now relax a bit more and focus on their futures. There's a lot of soul-searching here, and it's really interesting to see which direction each character chooses to take.
Enjoyment - 10/10
I think it's probably pretty obvious by now that I absolutely loved this novel. It's everything I could've wanted from an epilogue to what is, in my opinion, one of the best stories ever.
Overall - 10/10
I can't recommend this enough to others who loved Chaos;Child. To more casual readers of the Science Adventure Series, or to those who only just kind of liked Chaos;Child, I would say to probably skip out on this one. It was definitely made for the fans.
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