My tongue produces words faster than my brain can approve them” – Otherworld, Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Initial Thoughts: I was extremely excited to read this novel. A YA novel about virtual reality, sign me up! I was a little unsure about Jason Segel (an actor) writing a novel. Generally, I don’t trust actors to write their own novels (ahem Elixir by: Hilary Duff). But, this novel is co-written by Kirsten Miller, author of The Eternal Ones (which is an excellent YA series, by the way). * I received this novel from the Goodreads giveaway *
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.” – Goodreads
Welcome to Otherworld, the virtual universe you will never want to leave. Simon thought Otherworld was just a game, a place to experience another reality, and a place to reconnect with his childhood friend, Kat. In the real world, Kat has been avoiding him and hanging out with the wrong crowd. But after a freak accident targets his best friend leaving her in a coma, Simon finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy. Otherworld is not just a virtual world, it has taken on a life of its own full of dangerous creatures and landscapes. In order to save his friend, Simon will have to journey through Otherworld to shut down the game. But, if Simon dies, there is no reset button. If you die in Otherworld, you die in real life.
When I first began reading Otherworld I was quickly turned off by the awkward style of writing. The story is told in the first person through Simon’s perspective. Although Simon is a fully-developed character, he is essentially an entitled prig. I ended up abandoning the book after 50 pages, then recently I picked up the book once more to finish it. Luckily, as the story progressed, the writing had slightly improved, and Simon became slightly less self-centered. Yet, I felt as if I were reading book equivalent to Spy Kids 3: Game Over with (slightly) more mature themes.
I also couldn’t stand that the company that produced Otherworld is called “The Company.” Really! You couldn’t think of any other name except for “The Company. “I know it was supposed to make The Company appear to be all-powerful, but in reality, it made Simon’s mission seem ridiculous.
I couldn’t help but compare this novel to Marie Lu’s Warcross . Surprisingly, I find the world of Otherworld more imaginative than Lu’s Warcross . The locations in Otherworld are described populated with dangerous hybrid creatures. The landscapes are unique and the descriptions feel as if you’re watching a video game. A video game… that I probably have already seen somewhere else before. So, if you are torn between reading Marie Lu’s Warcross or Otherworld, I would definitely go with Warcross.
About the Book
Title: Otherworld Authors: Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller Series: Otherworld (Book #1: Otherworld, Book #2) Received: Goodreads Giveaway Pacing: Medium Recommended? No. Similar to: Warcross by Marie Lu, Spy Kids (movies) Year Published: 2017 Pages: 355 Genres & Subjects: fiction, Young adult, Science fiction, virtual reality
Until Next Time,