Review: Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kristen Miller

Blurb

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.

Review

I read Otherworld a little while ago but promised to save my review until the blog tour came around.  I had intended to read it closer to the tour date but I couldn’t really help myself.  The tease of a book likened to Ready Player One, one of my favs, for a YA market was too much for me to resist.

Otherworld is a book of two tales really as we explore Otherworld and the adventure that is happening there but also the mystery of what is happening in the real world.  Plus how the two stories overlap and the race against time to work out who is the bad guy and how to stop them.  I can easily see why it’s being compared to Ready Player One because the premise has lots of similarities but I think RPO had a hook with its pop culture references and cleverly woven storylines that kept me reading.  Otherworld is a great jumping in point for younger readers into genre reading but it didn’t quite grab me in the same way as other books have.  The fact that the main character had a rich background meant he seemed to solve most problems with money or connections which took a bit of the drama to of it.

As a start if a series it sets up a good worldscape and some characters that were interesting enough that I’d probably give Book 2 a go but it wasn’t perfect.  A nice beginning to what could be a big, giant science-fiction playground.

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