Author(s): Kirsten Miller and Jason Segel
Series Status: 1st book in the Otherworld series
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
# of pages: 368
My rating: 4/5 stars
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.
* I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review *
This surprised me so much more than I ever expected! This dark and twisted tale definitely had me hooked until the very end.
Starting with the world itself which is essentially our everyday world except they are expecting a revival of a legendary game known as “Otherworld”. When Otherworld was originally released almost nobody played it but since it was swiftly discontinued it’s fame has grown. Now a new version is set to be released and beta testers are spending thousands of dollars to get their hands on it. This VR style game makes it possible for you live the life you’ve always wanted and with no “set” objective in the game it essentially becomes a reality for some who never want to leave. It’s sounds pretty interesting but that doesn’t even begin to cover it. Our main character Simon, spends the money to get his hands on a set of the game in hopes of being able to talk to his ex-bestfriend but quickly realizes the game is much more than he expected.
Simon was one of those characters that at first you couldn’t help but roll your eyes at but as his development grew your connection grew with him. He went from feeling like a cliche YA male protagonist to a well developed and interesting character. Our eclectic group of main characters do not get nearly as much development but I still found myself really enjoying them. Possibly my favorite is Busara who is aromantic/asexual. She is stated as not interested in either girls or guys. As an asexual I am ecstatic at the chance for some representation to take place in YA. She definitely topped the list as my favorite character from this although it wasn’t only because of her sexual orientation. She was a strong character who despite having certain weaknesses managed to be insanely amazing through out the story and strong in her feelings.
The pacing was okay as it started a little slower in the beginning and there were some pieces that I felt dragged before we get to the main portion of the story. Once those were out of the way the story got past paced and kept it going until the end of the story.
Overall I really enjoyed Otherworld and I cannot wait to read the sequel when it’s released.