Book Review – Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

otherworldThe 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.

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg 3.5/5 Stars

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Otherworld. I’d read a sampler, and thought it sounded interesting but it didn’t indicated the scale of what happened in the actual book at all! I really like that it’s not really about Otherworld but the corporate politics and all the things around the White City (which I shall sadly leave there – no spoilers here!). I enjoyed the story a lot, but there’s just something about it that’s not making me rave. I think largely around how Simon has put Kat on this pedestal and he needs to save her, and he’s very single minded about that despite being told by several people including Kat to leave it. The fact that he’s right that something is going on isn’t terribly relevant to me – it comes across to me as desperate and stalkery. Aside from that though, I quite like Simon.
I found small elements slightly predictable like everything around Wayne and Milo, but others like Busara worked for me – I saw some of what she was doing but I liked her character and reasons for doing things.
And The Company is perfectly done for a large soulless organisation hehe.
All in all, I give this 3.5 stars and I will definitely be picking up the sequel.

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