Title: OTHEREARTH (Last Reality #2)
Author: Jason Segel, & Kirsten Miller
Pub. Date: October 30, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, audiobook
Return to the series BuzzFeed compared to Ready Player One in the second book in a new fast-paced trilogy from New York Times bestselling authors Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller that’s perfect for fans of HBO’s Westworld.
Simon would have done anything to save his best friend after a mysterious accident almost killed her–including follow her into a virtual world. And what he and Kat discovered there was more terrifying than they could have ever imagined. Unwitting hospital patients are being forced to test a device that lets VR be experienced with all five senses. The technology is so advanced that it’s deadly.
Now the world’s biggest tech corporation is hunting Simon and Kat while war rages in Otherworld, the virtual world it created. Determined to destroy the Company, Simon and Kat must join forces with a hacker, a gangster, and a digital entity. But as they battle to save two worlds, they uncover an all-new threat to our world: the Company’s latest creation, an augmented-reality game called OtherEarth. Not only does OtherEarth kill, it has the power to erase the line between what’s real and what’s fantasy.
Praise for Otherworld
A New York Times Bestseller
“A potent commentary on how much we’re willing to give up to the lure of technology.”–EW.com
“A fantastic journey from start to finish.” –Hypable.com
“An engaging VR cautionary tale.” —AV Club
“Full of high stakes, thrillers, and fantastic twists and turns, fans of Ready Player One are sure to love this addictive read.” —BuzzFeed
This book was so much better than the last one!
Now Simon and Kat are together, and they unite with a few of the friends that they have made on their journey to try to destroy the Company and remove all the guests from Otherworld. Kat has saved many Children on her journeys, so they no longer have to fear them, and the team is determined to protect the Children from the guests. If they don’t shut down the game, the Company will continue to use the “locked-in” patients as unwilling participants in their game’s experiment. If they do shut down the game, all the headset users will be kicked out, and all the disk users will be free.
I have to say, I really enjoyed the chemistry between Simon and Kat in this novel. I didn’t get to see much of it in the previous book as they barely crossed paths, but I am glad that decided to read this one. They make a really good couple and seem to have a healthy teen relationship, even though I’ve only known them for the length of this one book.
Then there are the other characters. I don’t want to spoil too much, but I wish that we had a book specifically about the other characters! They all seemed to have such interesting backstories, but they were just thrown into the novel in a way that didn’t allow the reader to truly get close to them. I hope that the third book of this series focuses more on them and their stories. One of them is also supposed to have some sort of ADD or be “messed up” because of some crazy things he did in the past, but his personality doesn’t seem to be affected in any way. He doesn’t seem like the crazy person. He seems perfectly normal.
This book did have its issues, but they did not ruin my entire reading experience. The story did jump right into the main part of the plot, and it didn’t get distracted for the most part. The only thing that confused me was the jumping in and out of Otherworld. I lost track somewhere in the middle and was able to pick up speed by the end again. And the book ended on a cliffhanger! I am definitely going to have to read the next book in this series to figure out what happens next.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new YA science fiction/fantasy series.
I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
New York Times bestselling author Jason Segel used to have nightmares just like Charlie, and just like Charlie, he’s learned that the things we’re most afraid of are the things that can make us strong…if we’re brave enough to face them. Jason likes acting, writing, making music, and hanging out with his friends. Sometimes he writes movies. Sometimes he writes songs for movies. Sometimes he stars in those movies and sings those songs. You might know him from The Muppets and Despicable Me. Your parents might know him from other stuff. Nightmares! is his first novel.
I write books.
Some of my books are what librarians call middle grade. (Kiki Strike, Nightmares!)
Some should be kept away from small children and people with weak stomachs. (How to Lead a Life of Crime, The Eternal Ones, Otherworld)
I write some books with Jason Segel.
I’ve written quite a few books on my own.
I’m an Aquarius.
My favorite food is cauliflower. (No joke.)
I will eat almost anything. And I’m weirdly proud of it.
I believe New York City is the most magical place on earth.
I love Dolly Parton and David Attenborough. Equally.
I cannot sing or play any musical instruments.
I’m obsessed with sewers and sanitation systems.
I once broke into a Mayan temple with my brother, Spike.
Spike is an alias. It’s not his real name.
I also have a sister. She prefers to remain anonymous.
We have the same birthday.
Yes, that sucks.
I think that’s all you need to know.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of OTHEREARTH, US Only.
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