I’ve been getting around to finally reading some of the Netgalley books I have downloaded. ‘Otherworld’ was one of these books (the other two weren’t decent enough to warrant a full review).
I’ve read Kirsten Miller before but not Jason Segel and have to say that this isn’t the kind of book I usually read. However, I thought it was brilliant, after reading two not-so-good books from Netgalley, this surpassed my expectations.
So, the book is about a guy called Simon, he’s in love with his best friend Kat. Kat, for some reason, won’t talk to Simon but he knows something bad is going on with her. When Kat is involved in an accident and Simon is told she has locked-in syndrome with small chance of recovery, Kat is enrolled into a Beta Testing programme which enables Kat to access a virtual reality.
However, nothing is as it seems, Kat starts screaming (even though this is medically impossible) and Simon decides to go into the virtual reality himself to find her and finally discover what’s going on. Madness ensues when a dark plot involving the virtual reality creators is discovered.
This book had A LOT of twists and turns (which I love in a book) and it was a little kooky in places. It had a really fun narrative that changes to have a slightly harsher edge the longer Simon is inside Otherworld. It’s clear the game is changing him and we have to question his sanity, especially by book two.
Simon’s antics at the start of the book are very funny, I honestly didn’t know where the book was going when I started it – having downloaded it a long time ago and forgetting the synopsis. Another thing I’m curious about is the appearances of Simon’s grandfather. Is this further proof of his insanity?
The book raises a lot of moral questions – would you sacrifice a dozen lives to improve the lives of billions? I like the fact that it makes the reader question what is it that makes our reality real, when to the ‘children’ in the Otherworld their world is a reality. It also calls into question life and sentience. Overall, some very interesting concepts are looked at.
The only negative I found with this book really, was that the ending was very abrupt. I didn’t know what to make of it really. It wasn’t quite a cliff-hanger, it wasn’t a neat, ominous, ending. It was just a normal sentence with no indication the end was near and the effect was jarring. Of course, this could have been intentional, to mimic the jarring effect the characters experience going from reality to reality, like the readers have done with the book’s universe and their reality.
Overall, I really liked this book and can’t wait for the next instalment.
Keep reading guys,