Saturday, November 18, 2017

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller - Book Review

Series: Otherworld #1

Genre: Science Fiction, Y/A

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: Prior to Otherworld coming out, I had heard rave reviews. There were also murmurings from many people in the book community comparing this book to Warcross by Marie Lu and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, both of which are five star books in my opinion. On top of that, his book was also co-written by one of my favorite actors, Jason Segel (if you haven't seen How I Met Your Mother or I Love You, Man... you are seriously missing out on some great comedy). With that said, I think it's very safe to say that I am disappointed after reading this book. I went into it with such high expectations and they were not met. This book is by no means a bad book. There were things I enjoyed and I am overall excited to see where the story goes in the next installment, but I do have some BIG issues.

I found myself not really feeling anything for any of the characters. I didn't relate to any of them and most had no likeable characteristics. I was also under the impression that there would be a lot of gaming in this book, and that definitely was not the case. It was more like living in a virtual reality, with no actual gaming happening. However, some of the twists caught me off guard and kept me on my toes. The plot was pretty fast paced and left me wanting to know what would happen next. 

Overall, I was mildly entertained by mostly disappointed by this book. I wanted so much based on things I had heard going into it and I got almost none of them. I do think based on where things left off, that book two has the potential to be better. I believe this series is only going to be a duology, so I am excited to see how the story wraps up and if Simon and Kat become characters I will actually want to root for.

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FTC Disclaimer: "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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