Reviews for In The Core
dyloccupy chapter 22 . 7/1/2022
can’t believe pgs are ovah…like wow what a jumpscare! these kids were just exploring the island and now they boutta die…where did the time go bc fr my mind is blown

as always this interlude SLAPPED and i’m very curious to see the implications of what has transpired

em, pls kill these kids viciously - show NO mercy!

and just remember everyone, if you don’t simp for jules you deserve to die xxx
ladyqueerfoot chapter 22 . 6/30/2022
right so this was sus, but i didn't expect it /not/ to be sus.

y'know, i love zoe just as much as the next gal, but something tell's me she's not going to be very successful in yeeting aviv out of the arena. i think that toronto general is in her future, unfortunately. very curious again what the fuck's up with alexis.

levi and zach was oddly wholesome, even if shit is about to go tf down. levi is just, such a fucking sweetie, and i am sad when he is sad. i hope aviva is alright thru all this. y'know i periodically forget that levan's literally a bomb, but rest assured, you always remind me when i'm most stressed out. i think it'd be interesting if there was a survivor or two this season, but then it'd make me very :hmm: about 3tc. i think the 10th season will be the cut's last, so i'm curious what happens this season in the meantime, subplot wise. i have no fucking clue where niko and nur are but i will assume the set for the hell of it.

alright, next chapter it's time to say bye bye to the kiddos. i suspect there'll be some hard goodbyes, but sometimes competitors have to be eliminated.

*give vito a little smooch on the forehead* it will be okay my sweet son. you will be just fine.

(narrator voice: it was not okay. vito was not just fine.)

blah blah blah, great chapter em - so good wow! i feel like i sound like a broken record at this point, but the point still stands. good luck killing them kiddos xx
david12341 chapter 20 . 6/30/2022
This chapter was so happy and wholesome. Why does that make me think that something awful is about to happen? Oh right, the bloodbath is in two chapters. Ope. Anyways I'm binge-reading all the pre-games right now and will leave a more in depth review once I'm fully caught up but I'm obsessed with this cast. London and Alaina are adorable, Aviv is the goat, and Layla is so smol. I love them all and am not going to be able to handle it when they start killing each other. Also re: the water last chapter in London's pov. Something sketchy happening there, and then the title of the chap being smoke and mirrors. Hm.
ladyqueerfoot chapter 21 . 6/28/2022
yeah, this was fucked up. at least i knew it'd be fucked up? fuck.

rorentine makes me weep. val is just, such a cool fucking character, and you are a bitch for doing them so dirty, but it's also such a good arc. there's something so relatable and so innately queer about wanting to have like a family, and the way you've shown that with val is so fucking bittersweet but genuinely great storytelling. a lot of val hit real close to me today, from them waiting for rory to them just being sad that they're projecting. the last sentence, wow em. that may be one of the hardest hitting one-liners i've read from you, and it just is upsetting me. the way they described rory as a stranger, just fucking... ouch. i hope they resolve their issues, but christ almighty, i'm upset.

we hadn't heard from nora for a while so i was excited to hear from her, even though i knew it'd be depressing. seeing nora's drive to get back to her sister is so sweet of her, and she's just so thick-skinned and such a good kid. the meta of knowing that she won't win and won't see ava ever again makes her hurt a hundred times harder, because she's just such a cool character. momo always pops the fuck off, and there's just something so neat and tangible about nora that i deeply admire. im glad she agrees aviv is soon in for the reality check of the century, i personally think it will be fucking miserable for everyone. there's also the irony in nora going to bed, not knowing how soon this reality check is going to be. fucking hell.

*sighs* hello vito, my son. glad to see you're just like me, delusional and a simp for jules vaudry. i've already said a million times how much i adore him and everything you're doing with him, because just like with vanya, he is to a t, the way i imagined him, and that just makes me upset for the future. the way you took all of my ramblings from a year ago and brought them to life so beautifully is fucking exceptional of you, but christ, vito, you're breaking your mama's (me) little heart over here. him thinking about school and all the things from home that he used to be good at and how they don't matter? that was so well done, but so upsetting. the fact my boy can no longer drown himself in academia and is instead condemned to all of this tragedy and fuckery, oh it makes me so sad. he used to be such a ray of light, but he's devolved into a cynic, nearly like damien, and it is so fucking upsetting. with all of this time on his hands, it makes sense he'd become delusional, especially when he's being funneled false information. i just, fucking adore vito, everything about him. he's so perfect to me even if he's broken. the fact that he thinks he's a monster for all of this too, and his little gay crush on jules? oh poor boy, that's not going to end well. he's just so desperate for comfort, he sees right thru jules' manipulation, and i completely understand him. the part about him wanting to be anonymous, christ i just ;-; vito i love you so much okay? the ending ripped out my guts, god i just wanna hug him and remind him that this isn't his fault. he's my sweet son, i love vito so much i love what you've done with him, i'm not ready for the games and to watch him break further, since you've put him in a spot where he can go in so many directions. god bless, i'm sad again. what a fucking miserable end to these miserable pre-games, i can't wait for it to get worse.

i already dm'd you my bloodbath predicts because i like being secretive, but i will drop my chart for the non-discordians rn, if those even are reading these reviews. these pre-games have been a ride, my friend. i'm very excited for future fuckery and to be broken.

my hero: vito
iconic, showstopping, etc: rory, jules, lev, aviv, val
mwah mwah: sav, jared, nora, london
something is missing but i like what i see: vi, kas
better exists, sorry: dewei, layla, clara, alaina
electric chair: v
ladyqueerfoot chapter 20 . 6/28/2022
yeah so you're fucked up for this chapter. wtf did u do this happy thing for when we both know that you will be fucking this kids up in like two weeks from when im writing this. fuck you!

tbh, sav has fallen off a bit for me since her intro, where i absolutely adored her. i will say tho, i do think she's got a good chance at making it far in the games solely because of how rational she is and she just seems to know what she's doing, and is a lot more hardened then the non murderous kiddos. while she doesn't have any strong alliances thus far, i think she knows enough people to not get her ass beat and i look forwards to her climbing up my chart during the games

layla deserves a nice time ig, i always forget what her deal is but i skimmed her intro and yeah, home girl did nothing wrong. aviv is such a nice and sweet boy, i think if i wasn't like certain layla is going to die in the bloodbath and aviv didn't have sm other buddies, they'd be a nice duo since they both care about their familys lots

god this vi pov was so bittersweet. im glad that all the nice kids sans vito and valrory had a little get together and i just Imagine Them As Normal Kids that would be so nice but alas, you suck for killing them and we suck for sending them to die. im so glad that vi has some nice relationships now after their troubles back at home, but still, knowing it's all going to end soon makes me upset. i am so curious to see how vi progresses as they lose more and more people, or if she gets lost first? idk, she's not my fave but i still enjoy hehe

okay one more i got this
dyloccupy chapter 20 . 6/18/2022
happy birthday jared! might just be your last one!

this was disturbingly soft..i don’t like it ! the way these kids are going to be killing each other very soon…you’re sick for this

literally going insane over these idiot kids fr fr

tysm for writing em, can’t believe i was smiling that hard while reading
dyloccupy chapter 17 . 6/12/2022
haven’t done a proper review in a hot min so what better place to start than my son’s most recent pov?

jules king i adore u sm yes slay girlboss gatekeep manipúlate! the cameras have me soooooooooo he’s trying his best to be cold hearted but we know vito has weaseled his way in…not by much but still! and then interrogating dewei in chp. 19…bruh relax for a second plssss….

anyways love all the pg stuff like the tone has been so mysterious and somber and horror-ish! kasiv still some of my faves ngl! rory and val moved up to favessss too! v and celene have me scared the most tbh…

can’t wait to see what other secrets unfold before the games begin!
ladyqueerfoot chapter 19 . 6/11/2022
69 ahah funny

poor dewei he is so jaded and accepting of how shitty prison is — he’s sweet, but his despondency is so gonna be his downfall. he had his thing w val at first, so maybe that’ll come up again? tbh i doubt it, because every other kid has connections of some sort with the others, and then there’s dewei, which doesn’t bode well for him in the bloodbath. still, i don’t think his story is done. or maybe it is; i guess you’ll tell us.

somebody please get v to therapy like yesterday. or actually therapy is probably not enough so it’s time to put her down boo fucking hoo. like yeah yeah clara did the whole arson thing but maybe arsonists can have a few friends as a treat, no need to be a bitch about it. she is not going to get very far if she decides she’s going to be a bitch to everyone 24/7 lol nobody likes u ma’am xx. at least vanya was smart enough to mask her evil bitch behavior until the games. she was so mean to savannah too and that’s legit inexcusable, savannah is precious and has done nothing wrong ever. i’d say v should take some xanax but i think she’s already had too much of that.

london and alaina are so fucked, this has just been the most miserable slow burn of all time because we know the cut is coming for their asses. they really think they all have it figured out, but as we all know, they do not. london continues to be such a fascinating character. i loved the way she compared the outdoor part of the set to her “priest’s” definition of paradise. that was so smart, and i just dread what’s going to happen to these girls once the games start. i’m thinking alaina’s going to go either in the bloodbath or early on, since london’s more interesting, and it’s going to fuck her the fuck up. this is just so rude.

so yeah, we’ve got 2 more to go an extremely foreboding interlude until the games. that’s just… great. i’m not excited for vito and val to have povs especially. you’re doing a great job btw, i’m going to lose my shit.

haha 69 nice
optimisms chapter 2 . 6/9/2022
Weird, I definitely hadn't read #1 but I've read this one. I guess I read it when the cast list was released. Lots of intrigue and not a lot of information, but I love it. I like the implication that Zach has broken into this email many many times and he's just accepted that he gets booted out each time. I wonder how their source got hold of the shortlist...and I'm wondering what the signature "3" means. And of course, why are there 20? Very very interesting...
optimisms chapter 1 . 6/9/2022
Hi Em! Love seeing all the victors' reactions to the upcoming season, the trauma responses and the friendships between some of the older Victors. I definitely want to go finish Success Stories now, because I can tell I'm missing subtext, particularly with Zoe and Calvin/Elise, but even without that this was a great chapter! I think my favorite section here was Zoe's; I empathize with her character a lot and it was nice to see her friendship with Mina. I also really liked seeing Guiliana's perspective as the one who was new to it all last year and feeling a responsibility to protect Matt this year.
Remus98 chapter 18 . 6/6/2022
𝒪 𝒞𝒶𝓃𝒶𝒹𝒶!
𝒪𝓊𝓇 𝒽𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓃𝒶𝓉𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝓁𝒶𝓃𝒹!
𝒯𝓇𝓊𝑒 𝓅𝒶𝓉𝓇𝒾𝑜𝓉 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 𝒾𝓃 𝒶𝓁𝓁 𝑜𝒻 𝓊𝓈 𝒸𝑜𝓂𝓂𝒶𝓃𝒹.

Celene: My daughter is trying really hard to be a detective, isn’t she? Not a dream I had envisioned for her, but I’m not hating it. Fits with skulking around corridors being moody, y’know? I’m finding it interesting that she keeps having interactions with Val and Rory, first observing them by the shoreline and now seeing them here. A coincidence or set-up for something, I wonder. The three of them allying would maybe be the most unexpected thing to come out of this story.

Aviv: I know I said that Dewei is one of the characters I’ve related to the most in any SYOT/SYOC ever, but Aviv is starting to rival him for that position. Constantly apologizing — check. Taking on the blame for everything — check. Never managing to tame his hair — check x 10. I’m glad he managed to talk to Kaspar, for his own peace of mind if nothing else, but I doubt Kas will end up joining his and Nora’s alliance. Maybe later on in the Games, that would be cute!

Clara: It’s nice to see that she’s been able to find some sort of comfort in this place despite V being present. My prediction is still that the two of them will be forced together at some point, but for now she’s free. Making a cake for Jared, or whatever else Vi has in mind, should be a good distraction. Also love how Jared’s POV last chapter directly informed what was going on here. We adore consistency, it makes the story so much more fun to follow :)

Oh no, what is going on with Alexis?! I’m WORRIED.

𝒲𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝑔𝓁𝑜𝓌𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓉𝓈 𝓌𝑒 𝓈𝑒𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝑒 𝓇𝒾𝓈𝑒,
𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝒯𝓇𝓊𝑒 𝒩𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝓈𝓉𝓇𝑜𝓃𝑔 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒻𝓇𝑒𝑒!
Remus98 chapter 17 . 6/6/2022
𝒪 𝒞𝒶𝓃𝒶𝒹𝒶!
𝒪𝓊𝓇 𝒽𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓃𝒶𝓉𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝓁𝒶𝓃𝒹!
𝒯𝓇𝓊𝑒 𝓅𝒶𝓉𝓇𝒾𝑜𝓉 𝓁𝑜𝓋𝑒 𝒾𝓃 𝒶𝓁𝓁 𝑜𝒻 𝓊𝓈 𝒸𝑜𝓂𝓂𝒶𝓃𝒹.

Jules: I’m going to assume that Jules and Vito were the voices Kasper heard last chapter. I had my suspicions, but having this POV come straight after feels like confirmation enough. Or maybe I’m just dumb. Who knows. Anyway, I’m enjoying these two beans. They have a fun dynamic going on. Jules complains of course, because that’s his brand, but we all know he likes Vito deep down. We’ll see how much of an “exception” that will be once the main events starts.

Jared: Wow, we’re getting some depth. Oop, that was shady of me. I mean it though, I enjoyed seeing this side of Jared and Lev’s relationship. It feels like a layer that we haven’t explored so far in this story. It was nice getting some snippets of backstory with Jared’s parents as well. They seem like lovely people. It sucks that they can’t come visit him in his current location, but I guess they will get to see their son soon enough on TV. “Nine months is a baby’s year.” Goodbye.

Rory: That’s one hell of a cliffhanger. Not quite sure what happened at the end there, but the showrunners obviously wasn’t happy with them not making it to their cells in time. I doubt they will be injured, as that would give them an obvious disadvantage when the show officially starts, but I’m sure they’ll be punished in some way. Or maybe the showrunners want to make an example of them, who knows. Very curious to see what happened to them at some point.

𝒲𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝑔𝓁𝑜𝓌𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓉𝓈 𝓌𝑒 𝓈𝑒𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝑒 𝓇𝒾𝓈𝑒,
𝒯𝒽𝑒 𝒯𝓇𝓊𝑒 𝒩𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝓈𝓉𝓇𝑜𝓃𝑔 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒻𝓇𝑒𝑒!
ladyqueerfoot chapter 18 . 6/2/2022
ur legit fucked up for this

i almost feel bad for celene tbh, experiencing visions sounds literally awful and like hell, i would not enjoy imagining i killed somebody knowing that i did. I really enjoyed the line "No matter how many times Celene screams for a different outcome, she always comes out the other side with blood on her gown." It just really hit hard y'know? anyway, we see that val and rory are out of gay baby jail and they did NOT have a good time whatsoever. i really hope that rory is okay, but i'm assuming we won't know till val's next pov

god aviv's crush on kas is so fucking embarassing, i literally hate gay people. kas is just so nonchalant during this conversation and aviv is so cute and pure and wholesome etc. i am upset aviv deserves the world. it was fun to see more of his dynamic w nora here too, i really love the lil friendship they've got going on. i feel like kas is going to not be good for them, but regardless aviv is down bad and nora is going to just have to cope.

it's cute to see clara experiencing some sort of happiness and stability with vi, if i can even call it that. still, she seems a lot more stable than we've previously seen her, and i enjoy that greatly. it's also cute that jared is clearly growing on lev, and now they're going to throw him a little birthday party. i do not know if jared will be able to not get close enough to them that he notices, but he's also so dumb its likely easy to surprise him. i never expected clara to gang up with these 3 but it works surprisingly well tbh and they seem to be giving her the sense of normalcy she clearly craved

i do not even know what the fuck is up with Alexis. at first i thought oh physical injury, but it seems there's more to that. i'm curious also why people are getting sent home from there missions, and the fact FFN could possibly know the protestors are near does not bode well

this is so sus. ur so sus.
ladyqueerfoot chapter 17 . 6/1/2022
AYOoo last one and then i am all caught up. this fic is very big brain big balling btw and i am very happy to be a part of it. pregames have been hella enjoyable thus far, and as nervous as i am for everything to come, i am actually having fun (but that's a secret)

anyway! jules is again proving to be one of the smartest ones here. i know that he's completely playing my son right now, but a desperate and pathetic part of me hopes that jules will somehow get attached to him, even though i am wrong i just know it. i'm curious why people are being called to their cells, but i suppose that's something you'll tell me in due time. maybe that happened in 1tc and i forgot? i'll have to reread later. vito really is too nice for his own good, and i hate how jules is gonna take advantage of him for that. the maybe in another life line made me sad...

jared is precious, there i said it! the fact he was nearly done w his probation only to be sent on the cut to die is legit fucked tho like wtf. of course the himbo brick boy who can hardly read is named jared btw and ofc he's 19. Goldie u are very funny for this one. i do think it is cute that lev is opening up to the idea of his existence, it leaves me wondering if they're less fucked than i initially thought. these kids are a whole bunch of fun tbh, and i did really enjoy this pov. let jared have a birthday party wtf

SO FUCK U FOR THIS ONE! i love rory so damn much yet u did this to her. she literally nearly had a bestie but then u said fuck it let's electrocute them and put them in gay baby jail. actually fucked up and rude of u ma'am what the actual hell is ur damage why are u like this. i love rory and val and i hate u and the cut (/pos) why would u do this rory is gonna go insane. do u hate erik? wtff... also like creatures behind the wall and thrashing? are their mutts in the dungeon wtf

okay i am all caught up go me, i love the cut i am so stressed out
ladyqueerfoot chapter 16 . 6/1/2022
clara joining these 3 feels like the oddest thing to happen thus far, but i guess it makes sense. it makes me worried that v is gonna target them, and i don't want her to, especially not lev who is literally my best friend. he is so fucking done with everybody, and it's very funny to read his povs because he just feels like the much needed voice of reason in this fic, and i appreciate that. i feel like his breakaway from jared is gonna happen sooner rather than later though, and i am prepared to be upset.

alaina and london are once again exploring! it's good that they seem to be including sav, and i would def be a fan of these 3 being an alliance of sad girls who deserve better. i like their strat of trying to figure out where everything is, and while they're not the most interesting to me, the way they're playing the game rn means they'll likely have longevity. the fact they found the hatchet is very interesting as well, and it does not bode well for jules. if he knew, i think he would have a bitch fit and kill them, oopsies

kas continues to be a tsun, but at this point i am not surprised. much like lev, he just wants to be left the fuck alone. in an alternate timeline, i think the two of them could be good friends. he's also playing the game smart, but if he gets involved with aviv, which is gonna happen, i could see his sense of judgement getting clouded, which is exactly what happened with zak and we know how that ended. him spying on vito and jules was very inch resting, and it makes me wonder if he's going to continue spying on the other kids, since that'd give him a nice advantage
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