Published by Delacorte Press on October 31, 2017
Series: Otherworld #1
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
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.
Otherworld is the first book in the young adult science fiction series of the same name by author duo Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I know they have teamed up to write the nightmare! series, but this is the first book I have read from them. I love the concept of Otherworld because virtual reality technology is developing at an astounding rate, so it is the perfect time to visit a crazy virtual reality world and see what kind of implications that might have. And Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller took that concept and blew it out of the freakin’ water. I am chomping at the bit for the second book! Otherworld is hands down, one of the best novels I have read all year. I loved it.
There are so many layers to Otherworld. First, there is the new Otherworld headset technology that was released to a couple thousand test users, which was awesome by itself. You basically got to experience a whole world where you could do anything you wanted to do. Do you want to visit breathtakingly beautiful alps? Go for it? Do you want to visit the coolest resort ever and live a life of luxury risk and cost free? Go for it! So this Otherworld is awesome, right? But then there is the other, secret layer to Otherworld, starting in the White City. I don’t want to get too much into the details, but let’s just say it is next level. What I loved so much about this world within a world was that I wasn’t expecting it at all! It was such a cool development. Once I got to that point in the story, I literally put my book down, interrupted whatever (less important, I’m sure…) thing my boyfriend was doing, and started gushing about how cool this book was. (btw- he is currently reading, and loving it!)
Otherworld follows our main character, Simon as he goes on a quest style adventure to save his best friend. It is deliciously dark and mysterious, and every bit as addiction as Otherworld itself. In addition to Simon, there are plenty of great secondary characters that accompany Simon through the world. I loved Carol and Gorog because they added a lot of great humor throughout the story. Otherworld felt terrifyingly realistic at times. The world building was excellent and the plot was perfect. I couldn’t put this book down. Otherworld will take the readers in an unexpected direction, which I loved. The mystery element of the book is great, and I am dying for the second installment. I hope this is going to be a long series. Otherworld has made me want to dive into other gamer/virtual reality novels, so leave me some recs below!
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