“My tongue produces words faster than my brain can approve them.” ― Jason Segel,
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.
Author: Jason Segel & Kristen Miller
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.66/5 stars
My rating: 4/5 stars
Overview. I’m really into near-future VR books right now and I’m glad I picked this book up. Segel creates a world where a VR game Otherworld is being reintroduced to society after years off of the market. Our main character, Simon has to help his friend Kat after a terrible “accident” occurs that leaves Kat in a comatose state, which they refer to as a rare occurrence of “locked-in syndrome”. The creators of Otherworld have produced equipment that will allow for people who never would be able to experience the outside world experience Otherworld through a life-like VR experience, only there is something deeply wrong with the sets that could lead to death for users.
Pros. 100% love the plot line. The plot kept me entertained throughout the book and I never once was bored while reading this. I honestly love the aspect of seeing something that we use in society today and what it could be made to do and the repercussions of it. VR is a growing entity today and I loved Segel’s take on it’s future.
Characters. I love that Segel was able to create such interesting and lovable secondary characters in this book. Carole and Gorog were two of my favorite characters and gave me all the feels.
Otherworld. The aspect of Otherworld was such an interesting one to me. I loved the idea that the Creator’s DNA was mixed with other Elementals throughout the world to create the Children. The Children were so interesting to me and to see their different views on humans being in their world was an interesting concept. I really enjoyed seeing what type of Children were created and Segel painted a very vibrant picture of these Children.
That world-building, tho. Segel did a great job in immersing you into the book. I could picture every single part of the book in such clarity and I truly felt like I could look around and see everything that was there. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book and it didn’t weigh down the rest of the book, either. There was ever a point were I was bored of hearing about the world and wanted to get back to interactions between characters.
Cons. Problematic characters. While Simon is meant to be a bit unscrupulous, he is also pretty problematic through the book. I do feel like Simon learned a lot by the end of the book, but yeah…
Romance. One thing I didn’t quite enjoy in this book was the romance between Simon and Kat. He seems infatuated with her throughout the book and I just never really got that connection. Even once they were together, it felt awfully forced and like Segel wanted to wrap this relationship up with a pretty bow.
Overall. I had a could qualms with this book, but overall I definitely enjoyed it! I will most definitely be picking up book two to see where it goes and I look forward to that day! I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars overall.