About the Book:
Author: Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Pub. Date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive —that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.
Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.
And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.
What a fast paced, wild, and wonderful story! It completely caught me off guard. I was a little hesitant to start this as it was reviewed by other bloggers to be a mix of Warcross and Ready Player One. Those are big words and lofty comparisons but I couldn’t turn down the chance to read for myself. I am happy to say I was not disappointed. I felt the authors wrote an original story that had the feel of several other stories (Warcross, Ready Player One, Hunger Games, and Rule of Mirrors) but they made it completely their own. Well done, you two!
Otherworld is the hot VR game which allows the players to submerge themselves into an alternate reality. Why stay at home and listen to your parents chew you out when you can be in Otherworld and battle ice monsters instead? That’s exactly what Simon thinks when he starts playing but he quickly realizes there is so much more to this game than it being just a game. The company that owns Otherworld is far more sinister and deadly than anyone imagined and Simon finds himself in the middle of something that could change the face of the planet.
Simon’s character was certainly quirky and interesting, but this really isn’t a character driven story. This is an fast action, constantly moving forward, never a dull moment of a story with twists I never saw coming. The characters turn out not to be who I thought they would be, as it seems everyone has their own secrets. Just when I thought I figured things out a twist would be thrown in. I found myself cheering Simon on as he throws himself into Otherworld time and time again, risking his own life, to save the girl he loves, Kat. I wanted to like Kat’s character more but she fit the manic pixie dream girl rebel model and I don’t jive with those too much. They feel too cliche. I understood Simon’s reasons for risking his life the way he did and, as I mentioned, I was cheering him on. I like how his character developed over the course of the story and cannot wait to read him in the next book. I want to see if they continue to grow.
I don’t want to give too much away because I hope you will give this a chance. It really surprised me and it takes a lot to do that nowadays. I will happily admit that I’m hooked on this series and cannot wait to read the next book. Too bad I have to wait a year for that to happen. I love the thought of an AI growing aware of itself and developing, which was certainly found in Otherworld. How can you not like a book like that? Please, add this to your TBR if it isn’t already there and give it a chance.
New York Times bestselling author Jason Segel used to have nightmares just like Charlie, and just like Charlie, he’s learned that the things we’re most afraid of are the things that can make us strong…if we’re brave enough to face them. Jason likes acting, writing, making music, and hanging out with his friends. Sometimes he writes movies. Sometimes he writes songs for movies. Sometimes he stars in those movies and sings those songs. You might know him from The Muppets and Despicable Me. Your parents might know him from other stuff. Nightmares! is his first novel.
I write books.
Some of my books are what librarians call middle grade. (Kiki Strike, Nightmares!)
Some should be kept away from small children and people with weak stomachs. (How to Lead a Life of Crime, The Eternal Ones, Otherworld)
I write some books with Jason Segel.
I’ve written quite a few books on my own.
I’m an Aquarius.
My favorite food is cauliflower. (No joke.)
I will eat almost anything. And I’m weirdly proud of it.
I believe New York City is the most magical place on earth.
I love Dolly Parton and David Attenborough. Equally.
I cannot sing or play any musical instruments.
I’m obsessed with sewers and sanitation systems.
I once broke into a Mayan temple with my brother, Spike.
Spike is an alias. It’s not his real name.
I also have a sister. She prefers to remain anonymous.
We have the same birthday.
Yes, that sucks.
I think that’s all you need to know.
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