I had been eyeing this book for a while, but was a little dubious because lets face it… Jason Segel, the man is hilarious, but can he write a book. Upon looking in the book I discovered that he was already an author, he writes middle grade with Kirsten Miller, this is their first YA.
Synopsis – 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.
After Simon’s best friend Kat is injured in suspicious circumstances and given an experimental treatment which puts her into the Otherworld to keep her brain occupied, Simon must enter himself to find her and save her from The Corporation.
I loved the premise. Virtual reality that is so real, you can smell it. No rules; It sounds like the ultimate playground. A place for people to let out their dark side with no fear of repercussions. And that is all of the positive I have.
The story is told in first person, through Simon and I wasn’t a fan of him or his journey. The plot has a lot of mystery, twists and turns, but the way it unfolds, it feels like chunks of the story are missing. The writing is clunky and doesn’t flow. The sentences are really short and it’s hard to find any rhythm while reading. The plot is cheesy. I’m not a gamer so maybe it doesn’t appeal to me for that reason, although I enjoyed Ready Player One.
‘The goat man beckons me toward him, but I’m frozen. I stay put, even as his gestures become more frantic. Then he lifts one of his bruised and bloody arms and points to the right. I glance over and see an immense cloud of dust traveling toward me. Over the sound of my racing heart, I can make out the pounding hooves. I have two choices. Run toward the goat man or be flattened by whatever’s heading my way. I decide to go with the devil I know.’
I think the biggest indicator that it wasn’t for me, was that I forgot everything pretty much as soon as I had finished it. I remember bits and pieces, but that’s it, which is why this review is possibly my shortest ever.
If you want more information on the book, check it out on Goodreads.
Title – Otherworld
Author – Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller
Released – 2017