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I believe it starts off as a gamer gets recruited to go into these VR pods that government got schematics for from alien race. Very limited number of pod trees can make since only so much power or something. Goes in early and doesn't wait for explanation into labyrinth and extra stats are given on how fast can get out of labyrinth to start. Then there are different human factions with alien race overseeing them and technically bringing them into the outside world. And goes from there.

Has game elements with stats with it being technically a virtual world novel kind of with some scifi elements with guns and such with fantasy being I think alien race looks very different but I forget specifics.

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  • Sounds like LitRPG
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    Commented Feb 29, 2020 at 15:58
  • Was this a Kindle ebook, maybe through Kindle Unlimited?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Feb 29, 2020 at 16:01
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This might be Michael Atamanov's Countdown, first book of his Reality Benders series.

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At long last, an extraterrestrial civilization reached out and made the First Contact. However, no one on Earth took their communique for the genuine article. In a similar vein, very few people appreciated just how little time our new suzerains had promised to keep our planet safe.

Regardless, the end of their message showed humankind how to access a mysterious game. The objective of this game is unclear. No one can say where its servers are located, and its inner workings are beyond comprehension. But the game slowly gained momentum, pulling in more and more players. Soon enough, it became impossible to ignore the fact that things that happened in the game had a direct impact on our reality. And not only ours...

But as people figure out this mysterious game, the countdown timer ticks away. And no one can say exactly what will happen when Earth’s safety is no longer guaranteed.

The protagonist, a gamer who's conscripted by the government after he's arrested for being associated with illegal gambling on the games he plays, does enter the pods early without permission, and gets five attribute points for navigating the labyrinth, whereupon he meets a giant cat-like alien who informs him that recruits, heavily prepared for the experience, usually only get two points because they come in with more information.

The book is available in it's original online form on WattPad.

Found with a search for litrpg alien labyrinth.

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Thanks fuzzyboots that was it!

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