By Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
Release Year: 2017
Genre: YA Science-Fiction
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.66
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.
Oh goodness this book.Goodreads
First of all, I have to give this book credit, it is not what I expected. My first impression of it was that it would be sort of similar to Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, which just so happens to be one of my favourite books. This was enough to make me buy this book because I figured even if it wasn’t as good as Ready Player One I would hopefully find it enjoyable. Let me tell you now: I didn’t.
The one good thing I remember about this book is that I was surprised by the direction it took with the story’s concept. Simply based off my first impression the plot was not what I expected it to be. Sadly, this fact didn’t save the book from being unpleasant to me.
Firstly, I really did not like the main character. I didn’t like the secondary character. The only character I liked in this book was a background character that would eventually end up dead, and even their death wasn’t impactful to me. Additionally I found the motivations of both the antagonist and the protagonist to be either dumb, confusing, or some mixture of both. In the end it was the characters that forced me to give this book a low review.
My final rating for this book was two stars. And yeah, it may be one my shelf right now, but pretty much solely due to the fact that I found a signed copy for only three dollars at my local independent bookstore and I’m a fan of How I Met Your Mother.