Title: A Dead World Author: Laluzi Rating: M Genre: Adventure/Suspense Words: 369,865 Link: FFN, SB Summary: He had been captured; Alex Mercer knew that much was obvious. But if that was the case, why had his captors just left him there without security? How had he ended up in a bunker buried in some kind of giant desert? Where was everyone? And when the hell did bottlecaps become currency? Flat out, I'll give this fic a 4/5. It would be 5/5 but there are some minor issues with it. Namely I think that Alex's personality is overly angsty, and the way the courier handles the gradual reveal of what Alex truly is a bit better than I thought they would. They try to, at length, explain their reasoning for why they do handle it as well as they do, and the courier is basically an SI for the author. Overall I found the pacing and structure great, even though at times it feels like you're on the main questline of NV. Even then, its an exploration of the game's world that made me have to go back and play NV because of some of the commentary and character interaction that I completely missed. While Prototype is a hard fit in the Fallout world, this somehow just works. And I like how Mercer copes with being so far into the future in a world that is nothing like what he went to sleep to. It's got pretty steady update rate, not frequent, but not so infrequent you have to go re-read the entire thing again. So, give it a shot. I think you'll enjoy it.