Simon saved his best friend, Kat, from the clutches of the Company and their high-tech VR gaming experience, Otherworld. But it was at a steep price. Now he, Kat, and their friend Busara are on the run. They know too much. About the Company’s dark secrets. About the real-life consequences of playing Otherworld. And about Kat’s stepfather’s involvement in everything. The group is headed to New Mexico to find Simon’s old roommate, who is a tech genius and possibly the only person who can help them reveal the truth about the Company before it’s too late and the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy is erased… forever.
Imagine a future in which you can leave reality behind and give in to your greatest desires. That future is now. And the future is terrifying.
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
Most of this book deserves more than the 3.5 stars I’m giving it, and I definitely enjoyed it more than the first – I think it felt settled into the storyline a little more. But THAT ENDING OMG. Im not going to spoil it, obviously, but it is a little genius and a lot frustrating. And that’s all I’ll say.
The rest of the book however – I liked the way they used Otherworld and the real world together, as well as against each other. I liked that now Simon is finally with Kat he comes across way less as a giant creeper. I also liked finally getting to meet Elvis.
The company continue to be creepy and evil in the perfect way – I do love an evil conglomerate in a book lol. The way they are always playing the angles and trying to be a step ahead is nice. Plus their public spin on everything is impressive.
I also really enjoyed the exploration of the benefits of otherworld, for people like alexei, but also the effect it has on people (especially on Simon, as a lot of that is more about other people’s actions than his in some ways). I don’t like the approach it has to the children and the way it’s so casual that basically all users would abuse otherworld to be horrible people. Even if I suspect it’s more accurate than I’d like.
Overall, I did really enjoy it, but the cliffhanger ending was tough to swallow. Part of me liked it but the rest is too busy being frustrated
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