Ash is a young boy with apparent past-life memories who lives in a remote, deserted village. As he remembers leading a bountiful life, he can’t bear living in a world akin to the Dark Ages, where not even the internal combustion engine exists. Ash envisions the rebirth of a civilization where housing with proper sanitation is the norm and the world is connected via a means of transportation faster than horses. For that reason, he is eager to consult books containing knowledge from a highly-developed ancient culture that is rumored to have existed far in the past.
Ash makes use of the church’s resources, learning how to read and obtaining the knowledge that he seeks. In addition, he enlists the help of the people around him, including Maika, the village chief’s daughter. Together, they aim to develop their own village.
This is only the beginning of the story about a young boy who sets out to revolutionize the world in order to rebuild civilization and create his ideal life!
One of the best isekai stories I’ve read
I’m writing this after having finished the fifth volume, so I’ll try keep things generic to avoid too many spoilers. The best points of the series are that it avoids almost entirely the standard isekai tropes: no game mechanics in the world, no harem (though it does have a slow romance thread), no hero-summoning or resurrection scenes with a cute or ditzy goddess, no uber-powerful magic or combat skills. The protagonist is still overpowered, but entirely through former life knowledge and experience. The focus is on the slow development of the hero, and his attempts to uplift the civilization he finds himself in. The closest similar isekais I’ve read are Bookworm and Realist Hero, though the main character most reminds me of Lois McMaster Bujold’s science fiction novel hero, Miles Vorkosigan. Fans of any of these should enjoy this series.
Decent book, good flavor in the story
It’s a decent book. It’s a fair hero story. Clean and crisp, straightforward. I like how he’s an imperfect hero, how the team makes the success. I think it’s a fair book, and worth reading.
Many people from small towns have to wrestle with the words “you can’t ever really go home “ and then the way he’s wrestling with those same words in a very different way.