Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Book Review: Otherworld [Otherworld #1] by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller

Title: Otherworld
Authors: Jason Segel &Kirsten Miller
Author Info: Jason|Kirsten
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Series: Otherworld #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: 31st October 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
The Company Welcomes you To
The new generation of gaming.

Welcome to real life 2.0.
Are you ready to play?

There are no screens. There are no controls.
You don’t just see and hear it—you taste, smell, and touch it too.
In this new reality there are no rules to follow, no laws to break.
You can indulge your every desire.
Why would you ever want to leave?
Step into Otherworld.
Leave your body behind.
My Thoughts
When I first heard of Otherworld I knew it was a book I had to read. I love the idea of virtual reality, and playing games where you experience everything, from smells, to touch and Otherworld sounded like it had all of that and ore.

Otherworld, is a virtual reality game that has been improved and reintroduced, the only hitch is that the VR accessories cost a lot of money to buy. Simon, the protagonist, in an attempt to apologise to Kat buys two sets on his Mums' credit card and sends one set to Kat who he briefly meets, before his spending is discovered and his equipment smashed. Determined to find a way to reconcile, Simon finds himself at a party but things take a turn for the worse when the warehouse party ends with a collapse, and the people injured are take into hospital. Kat is one of these and Simon is determined to stick by her side until she gets better. but things aren't what they seem and Simon soon finds out that Kat isn't a sick as the doctor says she is, and he must do all he can to find her in Otherworld, and bring her back alive.

Otherworld is a book that's filled with mystery, action, suspense, friendship, and a huge virtual world. Everything about this book feels real, even down to the smallest detail of the virtual world. I liked that Otherworld wasn't as perfect as it was supposed to be, and that it has a mind of it's own, creating people that shouldn't be there, and allowing players to have far too much power over things. I love the detail that went into the book, and the smaller tasks that had to be completed within the task as a whole. I love Gorog and Carole, and how they helped Simon as much as possible. The secret helper was a surprise for me, and it wasn't a person I would have thought of.

There is so much going on within the pages of Otherworld, but it's not only easy to follow, but also keeps you wanting to read more. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the journey of discovery for Simon on his way to help Kat and after finding out all of that information I can't wait for the next instalment.

Final Verdict
Otherworld is a must read for fans of Ready Player One or similar virtual reality books.

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