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Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Writing.ie | Book Reviews | Speculative Fiction

By Sophie O'Loughlin

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.

First, thanks to Simon Trewin of WME for my copy of this book. I first saw it on his Instagram and thought it looked super interesting. When I got the actual book it was even more intriguing; I haven’t read a really good sci-fi book since The Rise And Fall Of D.O.D.O. and the premise for this one seemed pretty unique.

It follows Simon, an 18 year old delinquent, as he explores the virtual reality game Otherworld. However it’s much more than just a game and soon Simon finds out this and has to embark on a quest of sorts.

There are chapters full of gameplay interspersed with chapters about the real world, which makes it a pretty interesting read. When you start getting bored of Otherworld Simon is brought back to reality to continue the real world parts of his quest. I won’t spoil what happens but let’s just say there’s a lot more to this book than I thought there would be, and the plot is slightly different than I expected.

The characters are extremely likeable; Simon is the first “rebel” teen character I’ve seen in a book whose behaviour makes perfect sense, and is actually relatable.

Unfortunately Simon’s love interest, Kat, perfectly fits the Manic Pixie dream girl trope, making her a bit stereotypical and shallow. Her character isn’t developed much and her and Simon’s love story seems to come out of nowhere.

Kat doesn’t feature much in the book though so this was only a small drawback. In contrast the character of Simon is really well developed and we can really see where his motivations come from.

I was in London while I was reading this book and I found I could barely put it down, even to enjoy the sights! It was gripping from start to finish.

(c) Sophie O’Loughlin

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