We are so excited to be a part of the tour for OTHERWORLDS by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller! Before we dive into our review, how about we tell you what the book is about!!Otherworld by Jason SegelKirsten Miller
Published by Random House Children's Books on October 31st 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Friendship, General, Science Fiction, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
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.
Book one of the Otherworld series by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller was a book I dove into not really knowing what to expect. I love a good science fiction story and this one takes the reader on quite a ride. Jumping from real world to Otherworld, the story follows the main character, Simon, on his quest to save the girl he loves as well as figure out what really is going on with some shady characters.
Simon is the main character and I liked him. He grew up in a house where his parents weren’t very present and were more concerned about their reputations and careers than they were for their son. Because of this, Simon did whatever he could to escape and when he met Kat, they became inseparable. After being sent to boarding school and ultimately being kicked out, his relationship with both his parents and Kat suffered. The problem was, he had no idea why Kat was avoiding him and he was going to find out.
When Simon learns he can try out the new Otherworld 2.0 by downloading the app and buying the special headset, he makes a point of buying a set for Kat in the hopes that they can connect up in Otherworld and he can figure out what is going on. What Simon doesn’t expect is that there is something more going down in Otherworld and while he does run into Kat there, it doesn’t last long enough and when his father destroys his equipment, he tries to seek her out in the real world and finds out she has completely transformed herself. Unfortunately, she still won’t talk to him and when something happens that makes it so that Simon can’t talk to Kat in the real world, he decides he is going to find her in Otherworld.
The world Segel and Miller has created in this book is interesting. People create avatars and navigate through a virtual reality that gives them anything they want and allows them to do what they like…similar to what I imagine the gaming world is like. As Simon goes through Otherworld, he meets some friends, encounters some dangerous characters, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get to Kat. I don’t want to say much about what happens there as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone but I thought the world was unique and it played a huge role in the story told here.
The characters in this book help make the story. You have Kat and Busara in the real world and then in Otherworld, Simon has Carol and Gorog who help him navigate the world. We also get introduced to Simon’s parents (I’m not a fan) and Kat’s mother (like her) and step-father (again, not a fan) and learn so much about their relationships with Simon based on the brief views we get throughout the book.
Overall, I thought this was a good and interesting story. The pacing felt right and the character development helped keep me engaged. There is a bit of a mystery as Simon tries to figure out what really is going on and I thought that helped keep the story moving. If you are looking for something different that will keep you turning the pages to figure out what will happen next, definitely consider checking out this book. I will be keeping an eye out for book two of this series and I need to know what happens next for all these characters.
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3 winners will receive a finished copy of OTHERWORLD, US Only.